Launched in the fall of 2015, the City of Milwaukee, Harbor District Inc., and other partners are in the process of developing a Water and Land Use Plan to craft a vision for the city’s Harbor District. Engaging in a strategic redevelopment of the Harbor District that maximizes brownfield remediation and environmental reclamation was identified in the City of Milwaukee’s sustainability plan, ReFresh Milwaukee as a “catalytic project.” The creation of a Water and Land Use Plan for the Harbor District will build momentum and marshal resources to implement that vision. Community input and participation will play a large role in the planning process. The Harbor District has been at the center of our region’s prosperity for hundreds of years – first as a rice marsh with plentiful fish and game, then as an economic hub that served industries throughout the state. Now, much of its land sits abandoned or in disrepair and its waterways are polluted – but its potential is immense. The Harbor District Initiative brings together local, state, and federal government efforts, private sector interests, and community enthusiasm to achieve a world-class revitalization of this area for the benefit of the City and the Region. Our goal is to reinforce existing businesses and neighborhoods and set a new standard for how waterfronts “work” environmentally, economically, and socially. The City of Milwaukee is partnering with a new non-profit, Harbor District, Inc. (HDI), to lead the process to reimagine – and then rebuild – this area.
Please visit the Harbor District Inc. website to learn more about the initiative and to sign up to receive future updates and meeting invitations.