Funding targets Como neighborhood for improvements

Published on December 03, 2020

The City Council is providing $3.19 million in funding to the Como neighborhood as the 2021 target area for neighborhood improvements.

The funding comes from a ½-cent allocation of the municipal property tax rate to provide capital projects, improve public safety and attract private investment in underserved neighborhoods.

The program has been in effect since 2017 and has improved Stop Six, Ash Crescent, Northside and Rosemont neighborhoods.

The targeted Como area measures 0.8 square mile and is home to 1,909 residents.

These neighborhood conditions led to Como’s selection:

  • Substandard streets.
  • High crime rate.
  • Large number of code compliance violations.

City officials noted Como’s strong neighborhood leadership and ability to leverage funding opportunities as potential success indicators for the 2021 program.

Potential improvements will include improved streets, sidewalks and lighting; reduced crime with security cameras; abatement programs for litter and illegal dumping; and home improvements with housing rehabilitation programs.

Stakeholder group meetings will begin in early January.

 

About the Como neighborhood

Council district                                                           3

Median housing age                                                   62 years

Median household income                                        $18,507

Families below poverty rate                                      41%

Unemployment rate                                                  14%

Substandard structure violations                            51 per year

Crimes against persons (per 1,000 residents)       45