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Area boundaries are mapped and described in terms of their streets on the City's Neighborhood Resource Teams website.
This area includes some of the more historical neighborhoods with a variety of housing stock, and some of the older commercial and industrial areas in Madison. It also includes some of the more active neighborhood and business associations in the City. It, too, is an area where the CDBG program has been very active with a broad range of affordable housing, business development, neighborhood center and community gardens programs. Previous housing projects have included cooperative efforts with Common Wealth on the development of a lease-to-own program, the Falconer and Third Lake Ridge Cooperatives, and the retention of the Madison Mutual Housing Association properties as affordable housing. The CDBG program has also worked with such agencies as Tellurian to rehab its Willy Street SRO housing, St. Vincent DePaul to improve its Port St. Vincent, Future Madison Housing to acquire its Darbo-Worthington complex, and Operation Fresh Start, the Madison Area CLT, and the Tenney Lapham Corporation to promote ownership or affordable housing in the area. Previous economic development projects have included the conversion of four blighting properties – an Amoco gas station, a porn theatre, a junkyard, and a nuisance tavern – into more productive uses, such as an elderly housing project, the Barrymore Theatre, the Third Lake Market, and the mixed-use project that is now home to Common Wealth and several assisted housing units. Two major job generation projects have involved the development of business space for growing businesses – the Madison Enterprise Center and the Main Street Industries facility.
The major 2002 activities in this area will include continued support for three neighborhood centers: the Wil-Mar Neighborhood Center, the Atwood Community Center, and the East Madison Community Center. The program will fund a second year of development for the Common Wealth sponsored construction of a 60-unit rental housing complex along the Yahara River. CDBG funds are also invested in several projects emerging from neighborhood planning processes involving the Emerson-Eken, Schenk-Atwood-Worthington, and Carpenter-Ridgeway areas. A neighborhood group is working on the redevelopment of several blighted commercial sites along East Washington Avenue. In 2002, the City will install pedestrian lights along the Johnson Street business area, and install traffic calming measures in the Worthington area. A project implementation team led by the Parks Division will complete plans for the creation of a Hawthorn Park to serve the neighborhood, and the East Madison Community Center will expand its space to handle its buses and storage areas for programming equipment.
The Near East area is also served by our community-wide core/basic activities, which are available to residents in all areas of the City of Madison.