Mayor: Housing project making improvements

MADISON (WKOW) — Six months after a controversial housing project opened on Madison’s west side, city leaders say statistics show improvement when it comes to police calls to the area.

Mayor Paul Soglin admitted the city didn’t staff enough case workers or have enough security in place when the Tree Lane Apartments opened last year near Highpoint Road and Mineral Point.

The building is a home for people whom the city is helping transition out of homelessness.

Soglin and Madison Police Chief Mike Koval said calls to police spiked last fall but have dropped significantly since then.

“A lot of lessons have been learned and embraced and now moving forward the trajectory of the calls for service in the area less compelling, less urgent, and less magnified,” Koval said.

Since the building opened, neighbors have started programs and held events designed to incorporate people living at Tree Lane into the neighborhood community.

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