Oakwood renovation will displace seniors

To better meet housing demands, Oakwood Village University Woods plans to demolish its apartment complex on Mineral Point Road and build two new ones, but the project could potentially displace up to 80 residents, including 30 affordable-housing renters, according to a report in The Capital Times.

Oakwood, an assisted living and apartment complex for senior adults run by Oakwood Lutheran Senior Ministries, filed plans with the city earlier this month. The renovation work, set to begin in 2022, will include tearing down an apartment tower built in the 1970s and replacing it with two new facilities with larger apartments. Keith VanLanduyt, vice president of marketing at Oakwood Village, says his staff is working with affected residents to help them find new places to live and notes that Oakwood will pay for resident moving costs.

VanLanduyt says there are no plans to transfer or replace the Section 8 housing units in the new buildings. Under Section 8 of federal law, low-income tenants are offered housing vouchers to defray their costs.