Madison provides update on men’s shelter plan

The city plans to use the vacant building at 2002 Zeier Rd.
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MADISON, Wis. — The City of Madison provided an update to its plans for a future men’s shelter Thursday.

Jim O’Keefe, who heads the city’s community development division, laid out some details on what the city plans to accomplish.

O’Keefe says that the city plans to purchase the vacant building at 2002 Zeier Rd., to be used as a temporary shelter.

The city tried to purchase the property earlier this year, but the move failed.

The purchase will cost just over $2.6 million, and additional expenses will be necessary to prepare it for use.

The shelter would be able to serve about 200 men.

While the city could buy the property by the end of the year, it wouldn’t be used until the fall of 2022.

O’Keefe says the city is looking at four other properties to be used as permanent locations and is also looking to purchase an old tavern on Stoughton Rd.

The tavern, at 1902 Bartillon Dr., would cost $855,000.