Salvation Army shelter plans move forward

Rendering credit: JLA Architects

Madison’s Plan Commission unanimously recommended a nearly $25 million expansion of a new Salvation Army homeless shelter at 630 E. Washington Ave., despite neighborhood concerns. The measure now moves on to the City Council for approval.

The current building was built as a Catholic school and outdated. Besides a homeless shelter, the expansion will provide a transitional room, increased mental health services, and income-based and non-subsidized housing.

Addressing neighborhood concerns that the shelter could attract crime and bad behaviors to the neighborhood, the commission stipulated that more fencing be added around the perimeter as well as video cameras inside, according to a Wisconsin State Journal report.

The Salvation Army had already purchased adjacent property — including a former auto dealership, a parking lot, and a building — in hopes of expansion. The proposed campus would include a five-story building, emergency shelter, gymnasium, and a three-story apartment building offering 40 to 45 apartments at the corner of North Blount and East Mifflin Streets.