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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 activities 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. In 2003, Common Wealth opened a new 60-unit Yahara Riverview Apartment project, assisted with HOME funds. (The program funded a portion of the apartment project's construction in 2002.) 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 Development 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. In 2003, the City, working with the Madison schools and several neighborhoods, completed improvements to the Hawthorne School playground to make it more of a focal point for neighborhood activity.
The major 2005 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. CDBG funds are also invested in several activities emerging from neighborhood planning processes involving the Schenk-Atwood-Worthington and Carpenter-Ridgeway areas. In 2002, the City installed pedestrian lights along the Johnson Street business area, and in 2004, installed traffic calming measures in the Worthington area. 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.