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City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

City offers $300K to Allied grocery store prospects

The city of Madison said Wednesday that it's seeking proposals from companies that are interested in bringing a full service, affordable grocery store to a west neighborhood. 

Madison said it is seeking proposals from developers, property owners, and grocery store operators that will establish a grocery store in the Allied Drive neighborhood, which is considered a food desert since the Walgreen's on Verona Road closed last year.

Proposals are due June 15, but a letter of intent to apply is due May 15.

The city said in mid-January that it would provide $300,000 in financial assistance as an incentive to draw a store to the area. The funds will be in the form of a low-interest or partially forgivable loan. 

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Shot fired into house on southwest side

Shot fired into house on southwest side

Someone fired a shot into a home on Madison’s southwest side Wednesday night, according to Madison police, and officers are now trying to find three people in connection with the incident.

The incident happened around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday in the 6800 block of Chelsea Lane.

According to police, a resident saw two men and one woman outside and made contact with them. Police said one of the people approached the victim’s home with a gun and tried to get inside.

Police said after the man tried to get inside, he fired a shot into the home.

No one was injured in the incident, according to police. Police said they are looking two men and one woman in the incident. Police do not believe this was a random incident.

Police believe 2 vehicle crashes involved heroin

Police believe 2 vehicle crashes involved heroin

A man police believe had ingested heroin careened off of Watts Road Wednesday morning and crashed into a light pole, according to a release.

The man was pinned inside his car for a significant amount of time while Madison Fire Department crews worked to get him out, officials said. The 24-year-old suffered serious leg injuries, but was listed in stable condition.

He is expected to be cited for operating while under the influence.

Police are also investigating a second traffic incident that happened Wednesday morning that they believe also involved heroin.

A 29-year-old man was taken to a hospital for observation after he nearly drove a vehicle into the side of a car wash in the 600 block of South Gammon Road around 11:40 a.m., according to the release.

Man holes up in apartment after domestic incident, police say

A domestic disturbance on Madison’s west side Tuesday evening ended peacefully when a man holed up in an apartment agreed to come out, police said.

Madison police said officers were called to an apartment in the 1200 block of McKenna Boulevard at 5:14 p.m. on a report of a domestic disturbance. Police said a 30-year-old man who was involved in a violent domestic disturbance was in an apartment refusing to come out. A female involved in the disturbance was safely removed from the apartment.

The man agreed to come out after negotiations that ended at 7:53 p.m.

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Mayoral candidates debate racial disparity, crime, homelessness

Madison mayoral candidates Paul Soglin and Scott Resnick debated topics including racial disparity, crime, job creation and homelessness in Tuesday night’s debate hosted by WISC-TV3.

In the candidates’ only televised debate, fireworks erupted between Soglin and Resnick, with Soglin lecturing Resnick on his policy positions and using the term "lack of understanding" many times.

Resnick emphasized a new police station needs to be built and prioritizing a crackdown on gang activity, but Soglin said dollars spent on a new police station are unnecessary and money should go toward real racial disparity solutions like job creation.

Resnick said the key to dealing with racial disparity is spending $250,000 more on early childhood care, scholarships and city resources.

Program aims to address disparities through driver’s ed classes

A partnership between the county and local education leaders will give more teens access to a driver’s license who wouldn’t be able to afford one otherwise, according to a release.

The new initiative, Access to Opportunity, is a partnership between Cooperative Education Services Agency, Dane County and the Madison Metropolitan School District.

The pilot program will start this summer at Madison East and Madison Memorial high schools, and will allow 50 teenagers who otherwise wouldn’t have been able to afford driver’s education the chance to take driver’s education through the school district in partnership with Dane County and CESA.

“The ability to obtain a driver’s license is a major barrier to employment. I am proud to announce this pilot program that will help more kids get their driver’s license,” Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said in the release.

DOT: Verona Road construction to start back up next week

DOT: Verona Road construction to start back up next week

Construction work on Verona Road is scheduled to start back up again next week, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

The construction work will be between the Beltline and Raymond Road and the frontage roads, officials said.

Crews will be finishing landscaping, restoration and other remaining work from last year’s construction project, according to the release. The work is expected to be done by late June.

Access to businesses and neighborhoods will remain open, officials said. The temporary roadway, or “Freeport Connection,” under Verona Road will permanently close Wednesday. The Southwest Commuter Path will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists with periodic detours.

According to the release, the project is weather dependent and subject to change.