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Madison Neighborhood Redevelopment Spurs Ownership Debate

Madison Neighborhood Redevelopment Spurs Ownership Debate

Map courtesy of the city of Madison

By Paul Snyder

Madison’s shift toward owner-occupied housing in redeveloping the Allied Drive neighborhood threatens to drive out area residents who rely on rentals.

“Most people in this area have been renters all their lives, and having more rental units would make it more affordable to residents here,” said Barry Hayes, treasurer of Allied Dunn’s Marsh Neighborhood Association.

But the city now is starting the second phase of Allied Drive’s redevelopment, which focuses on building single-family homes and promoting owner occupancy, said Mark Olinger, executive director of Madison’s Community Development Authority.

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