Housing proposed within F-35 high noise area

A local nonprofit aims to replace the Bimbo Bakeries USA location, at 3401 E. Washington Ave., with a 250-unit subsidized apartment project, according to a report from the Wisconsin State Journal. Wisconsin Housing Preservation Corp. is under contract to purchase the six-acre parcel and build three buildings ranging from three to six stories, a small park, and parking at the site. The project budget is estimated to be over $50 million. Construction would include measures to insulate the housing units in anticipation of the stationing of U.S. Air Force F-35 fighter jets at nearby Truax Field. Madison alder Syed Abbas, who represents the 12th District where the project would be located, said the city should wait to approve the project until studies are conducted on the sound of the F-35 fighter jet noise. The site is within the 65-decibel boundary of the F-35 fighter jet noise map, which is considered too loud for residential development without significant soundproofing.