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Building a Stronger Milwaukee

Welcome to the Department of City Development. We promote an atmosphere where jobs can be created, neighborhoods can flourish, tourism can be maximized, and families can realize their dreams.

Please Note: City offices will be closed May 27-29 for the Memorial Day Holiday.

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Housing Help

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Walnut Circle - Josey Heights - The Legacy Subdivision

Build your NEW HOME in one of the City’s premier subdivisions located in the heart of the City!
 

Lots available for $1, along with a $10,000 forgivable second mortgage loan.

 

HBA $20,000 Forgivable Loan

The Homebuyer Assistance Program offers assistance from a rehab specialist and up to a $20,000 forgivable loan for the rehab of City-owned homes.
 

Attend a Homebuyer Orientation Session!

StartSmart 

StartSmart

Small businesses are important to Milwaukee’s economy, and StartSmart is one way to support entrepreneurs launching new enterprises. StartSmart guides individuals to the City and State permits needed to start a business.

 

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Mayor Barrett speaks to the audience at the 20th annual Mayor's Design Awards May 18, 2017

2017 Mayor's Design Awards

The 20th Annual Mayor's Design Awards Ceremony was held May 18, 2017 at the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Twenty projects from hotels and factories to parks and playgrounds made the cut this year.

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1313 and 1329-1331 W. National Avenue

Brownfield Commercial Real Estate Development Opportunity

A new brownfield commercial development opportunity is located at 1313 and 1329-1331 W. National Avenue in the Walker’s Point Neighborhood. Proposals will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the City of Milwaukee Department of City Development. Asking price is $225,000.

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Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference 2018

On May 15-17, 2018, an estimated 1,000 urban, suburban, and rural leaders will gather in Milwaukee, for the eighth Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference (RVP), the only national conference of its kind. Conference sessions will highlight work from around the country, including the host city, Milwaukee.

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Survey of Milwaukee's Historic Industrial Buildings

The purpose of this survey was to document Milwaukee’s Industrial Heritage as a means to encourage the rehabilitation of historic industrial buildings in the city. The recommendations provide a description and analysis of those properties found to be eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.

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Immediate Waterfront Availability at Port Milwaukee

Long and short term leases are available for 13+ waterfront acres at 401 E. Greenfield Ave. Parcel is zoned industrial. Job creation and investment is a priority. Any lease is contingent on Board of Harbor Commissioners and Common Council approval.

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Streetcar at the Public Market

DCD Awarded Transit Oriented Development Planning Grant

The Federal Transit Administration announced in October 2016 that the City was selected to receive a competitive planning grant that will allow the City to develop strategies to foster Transit Oriented Development (TOD) along the proposed future King Drive/Bronzeville and Walker’s Point Streetcar extensions.

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Northwestern Mutual’s new downtown tower is reshaping Milwaukee’s skyline

City Financing of Northwestern Mutual Tower Providing Local Jobs

Northwestern Mutual’s new downtown tower is reshaping Milwaukee’s skyline, and, at the same time, the project is connecting hundreds of Milwaukee workers with career opportunities in the building trades.

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MKE United creates vision for downtown and area neighborhoods

The Greater Milwaukee Committee in partnership with the City of Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Urban League and the Greater Milwaukee Foundation recently announced the MKE United Greater Downtown Action Agenda (MKE United), an effort to create a shared, inclusive vision for Greater Downtown Milwaukee.

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4th & Wisconsin Avenue RFP Request for Proposal

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee is excited to present this RFP for an unprecedented transit-oriented development opportunity and one of the most unique transit-oriented development opportunities in the Midwest.

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Akilah Young, owner of Canfield Cleaning Services

Kiva City makes 100th loan to Milwaukee entrepreneur

Milwaukee’s Kiva micro-loan program is celebrating an important milestone: its 100th loan to an entrepreneur. The 100th loan was made to Akilah Young, who owns Canfield Cleaning Services.

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Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 286-5800

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Rocky Marcoux

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Calendar

Business Improvement District Board No. 8

05-26-20178:00 AM1555 Rivercenter Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53212

Joint Committee on the Redevelopment of Abandoned and Foreclosed Homes

05-30-201710:00 AMCity Hall, Room 301-B

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

05-31-20179:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

Board of Zoning Appeals

06-01-20174:00 PMCity Hall, Room 301-A

7th Annual Historic Mitchell Street Sun Fair

06-02-2017Mitchell Street between South 7th Street and South 11th Street

Business Improvement District Board No. 28

06-03-201710:00 AM2331 N. 39th Street, New Covenant Housing

Grandioso! Multicultural Arts Celebration

06-03-201711:00 AM  - 6:00 PMN 76th Street and Dean Road, Milwaukee

6th Annual Brady Street Art Walk

06-03-201712:00 PM  - 4:00 PMBrady Street BID

City Plan Commission

06-05-20171:30 PM809 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI, 1st Floor Boardroom

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

06-07-20171:30 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

Ciclovia MKE

06-11-201712:00 PM  - 4:00 PMIn Milwaukee's Clarke Square neighborhood. Closed off streets will include South Cesar Chavez Drive, South Layton Boulevard, Greenfield Avenue and National Avenue. See the event website for full event map.

Homebuyer Orientation Session featuring $20,000 forgivable loan

06-19-20176:00 PM  - 7:30 PMBay View Library (Community Room), 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

06-20-20179:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

Downer Classic Bike Races

06-24-20179:35 AM  - 7:00 PMDowner Avenue BID

17th Annual Summer Soulstice Music Festival

06-24-201710:00 AMEast North Avenue

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

06-28-20171:30 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

07-11-20179:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

07-19-20171:30 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

07-31-20179:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

09-06-20179:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

09-13-20171:30 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

09-26-20179:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

10-04-20171:30 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

10-17-20179:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

10-25-20171:30 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

11-07-20179:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

COMMON COUNCIL BUDGET ADOPTION MEETING

11-10-20179:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

11-14-20171:30 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

11-28-20179:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

12-06-20171:30 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

12-19-20179:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

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