ECO HOME GR/OWN's North Avenue (8th-27th) "Greenscaping" Project - expanded in 2017 east to 5th Street
North Avenue investments demonstrate City's continued committment to neighborhoods
The City of Milwaukee, Zilber Neighborhood Initiative & the North Avenue Commercial Corridor Team announce the greening and beautification of North Avenue in Lindsay Heights
With support from the City of Milwaukee, the Lindsay Heights neighborhood and the North Avenue commercial corridor have seen a surge in catalytic investment in the last two years. To build on this momentum of neighborhood reinvestment, the City and its partners have launched a multi-year program in 2016 to enhance the appearance of the North Avenue commercial corridor west of I-43, specifically targeting North Avenue between 8th Street and 27th Street. In 2017, we have expanded east on North Avenue down to 5th Street. New custom Google Map shows the extent of our project goals.
Specific project goals include:
- New hanging flower baskets - installed July, 2016 - reinstallation: June 2017
- Green infrastructure at SDC's 17th & North parking lot funded by Fund for Lake Michigan - completed June 2017
- Landscaped edges and new trees on public and private vacant lots - 1st complete at 11th & North, trees installed at 22nd (and grasses), 29th & 30th Streets
- Enhanced commercial building improvement grants with parner Zilber Neighborhood Initiative - launched May 2017
- A potential public art topiary installation on 11th conditional on neighborhood feedback - Based on neighborhood input, project put on hold
- Re-striping of pedestrian walkways on North Avenue - complete October, 2016
- Planters added to vacant lot at 14th & North - Completed January 2017
- New trash cans - planned for fall 2017
- Blight removal in partnership with commercial property owners - 2 new fences, 3 repainted buildings and new landscaping as a result of City DNS efforts
- Asphalt removal at 15th & North - completed February 2017
- Creation of Fondy Park in 2017, a short distance off North Avenue - announced February 2017, construction start May 2017 More info here
- Rubble/foundation removal on vacant lot north side of 6th & North - Project scope changed; greenscaping scheduled for August 2017
- Grass edge and asphalt removal at large vacant lot located at 7th & Garfield - planned for August/September, 2017 - Completed August 2017
- Planters added to City-owned vacant lot at 5th & North - complete January 2017
Recent catalytic North Avenue developments completed or in progress:
St. Ann's Intergenerational Center Wellness Commons Phases 1 & 2
The Juice Kitchen VeriGreen/Legacy Redevelopment housing project on 15th
New Sav-a-Lot food store on Fond du Lac HOME GR/OWN's Sunshine Park
Social Development Commission relocation Walnut Way neighborhood improvements
Repainting and relighting of Fondy Farmers Market
Vacant Lot Landscaping
The City began working in 2016 and continues in 2017 to create a landscaped edge on City-owned lots and will collaborate with privately-owned vacant lot owners to improve their properties using the same landscape design principles to create a uniform and inviting appearance to North Avenue in Lindsay Heights. A number of City-owned properties currently for sale or with developer interest will not receive the landscaped sidewalk edge. UWM's CDS worked with ECO's HOME GR/OWN to provide some conceptual drawings of how North Avenue could look after the vacant lot landscaping is complete. These designs should not be considered final designs or indicate that landscaping will occur in this way on any particular public or privately-held property.
Greenscaping work completed to date:
Hanging baskets hung summer 2016, rehung in June 2017
City-owned vacant lot at 11th & North: concrete bollards removed, trees and grasses planted June 2016
22nd & North (south side): Trees planted on vacant lot summer 2016; grasses and mulch added May 2017
Trees added on North Avenue at both 29th & 30th Street intersection
Asphalt removed from vacant lot on NE corner of 15th & North in February 2017; planters added on 1400 block of North Avenue
NORTH AVENUE GREENSCAPING PROJECTS
|ASPHALT REMOVAL BEFORE/AFTER-15TH - FEB 17
||TREES ADDED ON 29TH - FALL 2016
|TREES ADDED ON 30TH STREET - FALL 2016
||TREE BLOSSOMS ON 22ND & NORTH
|New bioswale in SDC parking lot - summer 2017
||Proposed new redevelopment at 15th & North
|Great new corner on 18th done by SDC - 2016
||New grasses on 22nd - May '17
North Avenue Facade Grant Program
The North Avenue partnership behind the greenscape initiative is asking targeted commercial businesses located on the North Avenue commercial corridor to reinvest in their properties, increase the walk-by and drive-by appearance of their building - and the partnership is willing to help!
In summary, we are ofering property owners special facade grants which result in an owner spending $10,000 on the outside of their property only paying about $1,300.
Our brochure covering the program follows:
Conceptual Designs for Commercial Property Improvements on North Avenue
These designs from partner UWM SARUP Community Design Solutions (CDS) will guide the direction and provide inspiration to both the City and private property owners on the improvements we seek through the streetscaping projects. Public and private vacant lots (with owner's cooperation) will receive a uniform, landscaped edge using trees, grasses and shrubs. The City and BID #32 will work with private building owners to improve their properties through an enhanced City DCD facade and signage grant program, underwritten with funding from the Zilber Neighborhood Initiative. This facade grant program will begin in January, 2017.
To demonstrate the possibilities, HOME GR/OWN and CDS chose three private commercial properties to demonstrate potential facade improvements: Jake's Deli, Galst Foods and Rainbow Foods. In no way do these designs represent the final plans for any site or building or signify the owner's agreement to make such improvements.
While this is a program targeted to a specific geographic area, a copy of the North Avenue Facade Grant Application is available here.
Concept Retail Before & After
Current appearance (upper); Potential new facade (lower)