Madison’s oldest community center is teaming with a prominent developer on a roughly $29 million, five-story project to deliver a bigger, better space for the organization and mixed-income housing above it in the Greenbush Neighborhood on the Near West Side.

Neighborhood House Community Center, established in 1916, is partnering with The Alexander Company of Madison on the redevelopment that will raze a dated, one-story facility. Early concepts for its replacement show a new community center on the first floor and roughly 60 mixed-income apartments on four upper floors at 29 S. Mills Street.

“Neighborhood House has been serving the Greenbush Neighborhood and the greater Madison area for over 106 years,” Samuel Brown, president of the Neighborhood House Board of Directors said in a statement. “We are excited to construct a new community center that we hope will enrich the lives of everyone who calls Downtown and South Madison home.”

The Neighborhood House Board envisioned a new facility worth of being considered Downtown Madison’s community center – a gathering place where traditional community center services share a home with enriching cultural and arts programming and other amenities for residents, Brown said. As an added benefit, the addition of lower-cost housing on site aligns with its mission, he said.

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This article was originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal.