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Community-Initiated Investments
Within the Downtown Development Area, the Downtown Development Authority of Madison (DDA)diligently plans and implements investments serving as either a model and/or a catalyst.  The DDA works independently, seeks partnerships, and invites development agreements with parties interested in downtown development.
[see also, Urban Redevelopment Area and Proposed Projects]

Walker Rose Lane

The DDA developed a 1 acre surplus piece of city property ($55,000) into a downtown pocket neighborhood ($1.2 m).

Designed using historic district guidelines and the street grid pattern, these single-family homes provide a model for affordable, workforce housing.
Curbside View of Walker Rose Lane Neighborhood, 2008
 Walker Rose Lane
Excellence in Design:
Outstanding New Construction

Georgia Downtown Association
Outstanding Historic
Preservation Project

Georgia Planning Association
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Jefferson Square Parkside

The DDA entered into an agreement with Classic Capital Partners for the development of this 1.5-acre surplus piece of city property ($123,100) as a new commercial block ($5.6 m).

Designed to reflect downtown's scale and architecture, this mixed-use model features ground floor businesses with upper residential units and a rear public parking lot.
Streetside View of Jefferson Square Parkside, 2011Jefferson Square Parkside
Excellence in Economic Restructuring:
Best Commercial Redevelopment
Georgia Downtown Association
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Madison Town Park
The DDA reclaimed two city blocks for a downtown event facility, seeking benefits enjoyed by central squares

The Bicentennial Committee and DDA raised donations and grants ($2.25 m) to create this facility ($4.5 m), a catalyst for surrounding redevelopment (i.e., 914% tax base increase).

Aerial View of Madison Town Park, 2011 Madison Town Park
Excellence in Rehabilitation
Town Park Cottage

Georgia Trust
for Historic Preservation
Excellence in Design:
Outstanding New Construction
Georgia Downtown Association
 
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