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West Side Area Plan

Westlawn Catalytic Project Update!
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.
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The West Side Area Plan was adopted by the Common Council on December 1, 2009.


Read the plan      PDF Files
Read the executive summary

Read by chapter:

Information gathering
Land use policies
Districts and corridors
Catalytic projects
Appendix 1, Market analysis
Appendix 2, Illustrated design manual
Appendix 3, Neighborhood improvement demonstration project
Appendix 4, Westlawn revitalization

The West Side includes a variety of housing options, several neighborhood parks and schools, a number of active community organizations, two Business Improvement Districts, and a wide range of commercial destinations, such as Midtown Center and The Mosaic on Burleigh Main Street district. The area also includes a number of regional attractions: St. Joseph’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center campus, Miller Park, the Milwaukee County Zoo, Pettit National Ice Center, and a portion of Wisconsin State Fair Park.

Area plan maps
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Boundary map Street map Aerial


Area Common Council Members
    Dist. 2 Ald. Joe Davis, Sr.
    Dist. 5 Ald. James A. Bohl, Jr.
    Dist. 7 Ald. Willie C. Wade
    Dist. 9 Ald. Robert W. Puente
    Dist. 10 Ald. Michael J. Murphy
    Dist. 15 Ald. Willie L. Hines, Jr. 


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