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Area boundaries are mapped and described in terms of their streets on the City's Neighborhood Resource Teams website.
This is an area that developed its housing stock in the 1950’s and 1960’s, with additional growth of multi-family units in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The older commercial areas are now undergoing some redevelopment, particularly in the Northport Shopping Center, and much commercial space has been added in the vicinity of the airport.
Over the last eight years, the CDBG program has sponsored its core activities in this area, with a series of housing rehab or construction in the areas east of Oscar Mayer and north of Northport Drive. The CDBG program, working closely with the Northside Planning Council, contributed heavily to the rebirth of its identity as an active Madison community through the construction of a major community center (the Warner Park Community and Recreation Center), and the support of several smaller neighborhood centers for various programs, including the Vera Court Neighborhood Center, and two experimental programs at Kennedy Heights and Northport-Packers. In the early nineties, the CDBG program funded the series of three acquisitions and redevelopments of Vera Court problem housing areas by Future Madison Housing Fund, and their transformation into better places to live. In the last several years, the CDBG program has worked with the Madison Area CLT and the Troy Gardens coalition group — including the Northside Planning Council, the Community Action Coalition, the Urban Open Space Foundation, and the University of Wisconsin — to foster the acquisition and development of some thirty acres of surplus State land into an innovative green development of affordable housing, community gardens and community-supported agricultural farm, and learning center.
The major 2005 activities in this area will include continued support of the Vera Court Neighborhood Center and continued support for the construction of over 50 housing units for ownership at the Troy Court, Troy Gardens, and former Moose Lodge (Northport Commons) sites.
The North area is also served by our community-wide core/basic activities, which are available to residents in all areas of the City of Madison.