East Towne homeless shelter clears another hurdle

A lawsuit filed to block the city of Madison from sheltering homeless men at the former Gander Mountain and Savers store near East Towne has been turned aside, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report. A Dane County judge declined to bar the city from opening the shelter, stating the city does not need the approval of a local committee to open a shelter in the building. The lawsuit was filed by a neighboring business alleging the city failed to seek approval for the plan from a three-person design committee. However, the proposal will require the city to get the committee’s approval to make alterations to the building. In October, the city council voted to purchase the building for $2.6 million for use as a temporary homeless shelter for men, replacing the current shelter at the former Fleet Services building on North First Street.