Only about half of Clarke Square residents filled out their 2010 census forms, information that the federal government uses for multiple purposes including allocating funds to communities. As a result, the Clarke Square Neighborhood Initiative is taking its own census.
With the completion date set for June 2012, ground was broken for the Mitchell Street Market Lofts on Oct. 6. The complex, to be built on the corner of W. Mitchell St. and S. Muskego Ave., will feature two-bedroom apartments and a year-round farmers market, which will replace the current market.
A new satellite facility of the Urban Ecology Center, to be built on the site of an old tavern on the 3700 block of W. Pierce Street, will offer neighborhood schoolchildren and residents a place to learn about the environment. On a recent weekday, dignitaries, children and local residents gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Urban Ecology Center’s (UEC) Menomonee Valley Branch.
The facilities at Longfellow School and Journey House have long been overcrowded and distressed, but that will soon change. Construction has begun on the Journey House Center for Youth and Family Athletics. The new addition will serve both institutions by providing a new cafeteria, kitchen, gym, computer labs and classrooms.