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Johnson Street project gains size

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MARCIA A. NELESEN
April 24, 2012
— A property on Johnson Street grew larger Monday after the Janesville City Council transferred more property it owns to the Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development.

The partnership is renovating a home at 410 Johnson St. The city on Monday transferred an adjoining parcel at 404 Johnson St. to pair up with the first lot. When work on the home at 410 Johnson St. is complete, the partnership will sell the larger parcel as one unit.


In November 2009, the council bought and later demolished a blighted two-unit structure at 404 Johnson St. The city has maintained the vacant property since then.


In 2011, the city partnered with the Wisconsin Partnership for Housing Development, which is rehabilitating the adjoining home at 410 Johnson St.


The partnership is part of the latest Neighborhood Stabilization Program, which allows municipalities and qualified non-profit organizations to buy foreclosed properties to rehabilitate or demolish.


City staff recommended that because of the odd shape of the lot at 404 Johnson St., it could be combined with the property at 410 Johnson St. The additional lot would improve the property at 410 Johnson St., said Kelly Lee, neighborhood services specialist.


The city received $600,000 in housing funds and $37,250 in administrative funds in the third phase of the federal stabilization program. The housing group is responsible for rehabilitating five single-family homes, the construction of one new home and for providing down payment and closing-cost assistance. All activities must benefit low- to moderate-income households.


Proceeds of the sales will be returned to the city.


Other business

The Janesville City Council on Monday:


-- Agreed to allow the Janesville Noon Lions Club to place gumball machines in city facilities that will be determined by City Manager Eric Levitt. Council members directed Levitt to come up with guidelines to regulate private vendors who receive financial gains from selling their products at city facilities.


The Lions donate a small portion of gumball machine proceeds to the city while 85 percent goes to the person who keeps the candy machines full.


-- OK'd an agreement with The First Tee of South Central Wisconsin. The organization's goal is to encourage youth to take up golfing.


-- OK'd a TIF agreement with ANGI Energy Systems, which is moving into the former Gilman plant at 305 W. Delavan Drive.



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