“It feels different. Nice. When you walk along the street you feel free.” – A community member commenting on the changes along Madison Avenue
In 2011, our work in the Madison Square corridor hit new strides and continued to catalyze the planning and investment efforts that began in 2005 with the community design process "Shape the Square." The quarter-mile stretch between Hall and Garden reflects $10 million in improvements, from building renovations and new business opportunities to streetscapes and housing.
Key improvements in Madison Square include:
LINC Development Center
• $1.7 million renovation of an abandoned building
• Launch of the LINC Opportunity Center
• Launch of Urban LINC cowork space
• Opening of Sanchel’s, a restaurant
• Home to LINC’s offices
IMPACT: A LEED-certified hub for LINC and a resource for the community. Over 50 people work here, including 15 cowork members, Sanchel’s staff, and LINC’s 35-person team.
• $80,000 renovation of the former C&J Plaza
• Eight new businesses opened by community members
IMPACT: Revitalization of a highly visible corner of the neighborhood, access to new shopping and services for neighbors, and eight business owners discovering their potential.
• 10 senior living residences built
• More than 12 townhomes created for individuals and families
IMPACT: Housing that is affordable and high quality, providing more community members with a safe place to call home.
• New streetlights
• More benches, tree-lined streets
IMPACT: A more inviting space for neighbors to live, work, and play