MADISON, Wis. — Madison’s Board of Estimates declined to spend $469,000 to purchase a vacant building on the city’s southwest side for a new community center Monday after board members learned a nonprofit already runs a community center less than 500 feet from the proposed site.
“We’re doing quite a bit in the neighborhood,” said Kay Stevens, executive director of Wisconsin Youth Company, a nonprofit that runs afterschool and summer programs for school-aged kids in the Elver Park neighborhood.
Stevens said the Wisconsin Youth and Family Center offers an afterschool program for low-income students in K-5th grade. The Center also has a daily program for about 225 teens that includes a computer lab, gym, small garden and homework help.
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