Low Income Residents Help Shape What Could Be One of the Coolest Places to Live in Madison | Local government
“It’s all about the family,” Okwali said.
More than affordable housing
Residents expressed concerns about air conditioning, accessibility, parking, pest control and wet basements, the desire for better housekeeping, programming for seniors, and cross-cultural communication. They were consulted on floor plans, exterior space layout, sidewalks, parking and community spaces.
Before the foundation board adopted a plan, he promised residents that no subsidized household would see a rent increase and that no one would be asked to leave, including during construction, as a result of the project. With the new Bayview, 120 of the 130 units will be subsidized and 10 will be at market price.
“The uniqueness, diversity and history of the Bayview Project has all given us the opportunity to think much more broadly, far beyond the bricks and mortar of the new apartments and community center,” said Scott Kwiecinski, Director of Development at Horizon. “Careful listening and creative thinking have helped everyone involved create a plan that respects the way residents and neighbors inhabit, use and experience the site.”
One of the goals, said London, is to prevent gentrification of the region.
“What’s most important in my mind is the process that led to the aesthetic beauty and notable enduring elements included in the final plans,” Evers said. “Good ideas came from the bottom up, rather than the top-down, expert-led process so common in much of development today. The Triangle plays a restorative justice approach to development in real time. “