The City of Milwaukee’s Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan for the Fond du Lac and North area is now in draft form, and ready for the public to review. Public sessions on the plan are set for Friday, January 23rd and Saturday, January 24th. Both meetings begin at 11:30 and will be located in the Northside YMCA at Teutonia and North Avenues.
The plan area covers just over 1,000 acres of Milwaukee’s central city. Boundaries run from I-43 on the east to N. 35th Street on the West; and Burleigh Street on the north to Galena Street on the south. It includes parts of three aldermanic districts and seven neighborhoods, including Metcalfe Park, Sherman Park, Park West and Midtown.
The study area contains some of the oldest housing stock in the city, and seventy percent of the households in the area are rental. Despite a majority of household incomes below $15, 000, the Fond du Lac and North area has a higher income per square mile, because of density, than other areas of Milwaukee County and surrounding suburbs.
The study team’s mission was to come up with a guide for short-term and long-term redevelopment of the Fond du Lac and North area. The draft plan includes goals and objectives, analysis of trends, and sets up strategies for categories that cover job creation, housing and crime reduction. Once the draft is finalized, the comprehensive plan goes to the City Plan Commission and then Common Council for approvals.
Department of City Development planners, along with PDI Consultants, began the advisory study more than two years ago. Community partners included the 30th Street Industrial Corridor Corporation, The North Avenue Community Development Corporation, and the Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation.