New apartment complex opens near former Oscar Mayer plant on Madison’s north side

MADISON, Wis. — Local leaders on Wednesday celebrated the opening of a new apartment complex near the former Oscar Mayer plant on Madison’s north side.

The Oscar Apartments, located at 1222 and 1244 Huxley Street, will include a total of 110 units across two buildings. One 55-unit building will be for those ages 55 and up, while the other is targeted for multi-family use.

During a grand opening ceremony Wednesday, Brenda Marquardt, the marketing director for the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, said that while the area suffered when Oscar Mayer closed, this project marks a new era.

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“Today’s a new day, right? Today’s a new time, and we’re really excited that this development is providing a cornerstone opportunity for housing because we consistently hear throughout the state that more affordable housing is needed,” she said.

She and Dane County Executive Joe Parisi praised the numerous public and private organizations that came together to make the development a reality.

“Unfortunately, affordable housing doesn’t really just occur very often anymore, and so we have to come together as a community and work with folks who need access to some affordable housing and make it happen, and this is the perfect example of how to do that,” Parisi said.

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The apartment complex is built on the site of the former Oscar Mayer Credit Union.