The completed $82 million redevelopment project includes 250 housing units, new infrastructure, and expanded green space between 60th and 64th Streets, Silver Spring Drive to Lincoln Creek. Phase I will include up to 345 mixed-income units. Tax credit housing units were completed in December, 2012 and fully leased by March, 2013. The project will include market rate homes and apartments along 60th Street and Lincoln Creek. Mixed-use/retail space is planned for Silver Spring Drive to serve the Westlawn neighborhood and to bring needed services to the surrounding area.
The new Westlawn Gardens is a sustainable development. A new linear park with informal sports fields, a picnic shelter, and community gardens managed by Growing Power will reconnect the neighborhood to Lincoln Creek on the neighborhood’s south end. Milwaukee's Housing Authority has built Westlawn Gardens to meet or exceed new environmental standards. The new development is expected to receive LEED Neighborhood Development certification and one of the town house units is expected to be certified as LEED for Homes - Platinum, the highest rating possible. Since all 156 town houses are built to the same standard, this neighborhood will have some of the most energy-efficient and environmentally friendly homes constructed. Use of sustainable design strategies will reduce impact on the environment and improve storm water management.