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Menomonee Valley Riverwalk Designs Underway

Menomonee Valley Partners, working with the City of Milwaukee, has hired design firm HGA to prepare design guidelines for the recently proposed Menomonee Valley Riverwalk. This first big step in designing the Riverwalk system’s expansion to the Menomonee River comes just months after the Milwaukee Riverwalk became one of 13 development projects in North America, Europe, and Asia to win a Global Award of Excellence from the Urban Land Institute. The award is considered among the world’s highest honors from land use experts.

Upcoming Public Open House

Menomonee Valley Partners and the City of Milwaukee will host a public open house to gain community input on the proposed Menomonee Riverwalk Design Standards.

This is a unique opportunity to be a part of this exciting development as we work to expand access to the river, extend the Riverwalk to more parts of the City, and help shape Milwaukee’s scenery for years to come!

Tuesday, November 13
Open House: 4 - 6pm
Presentation: 4:30pm
Harley-Davidson Museum

The proposed Menomonee Valley Riverwalk Design Standards provide an overall aesthetic for the Menomonee River portion of the Riverwalk, including design concepts, native plantings, stormwater treatment, materials, and lighting. Learn more about the Menomonee Riverwalk Design Standards here. Please attend and share your thoughts on this exciting chapter in the Valley. If you cannot attend in person, you can also provide comments online by November 20th or by emailing

When completed, the Valley Riverwalk designs will be approved by the City of Milwaukee as standards for the Valley Riverwalk Overlay District that was established in 2017.


Menomonee Valley Sustainable Design Guidelines Updated

In 2004 the Menomonee Valley Partners and the City of Milwaukee established sustainable building design guidelines for new development projects in the Menomonee Valley.  Intended primarily for the then newly-created Menomonee Valley Industrial Center , the Sustainable Design Guidelines for the Menomonee Valley were put in place to ensure high-quality redevelopment, environmental sensitivity and energy efficient construction in the Valley.  Today, the Menomonee Valley Industrial Center is nearing full capacity and combined with the age of the original guidelines the need for updating them was clear.  Approved by the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM) at its September, 2017 meeting, the updated guidelines are applied Valley-wide and required for any new building development or major renovation project receiving financial or land sale assistance from the City of Milwaukee or RACM.

CLICK here for a copy of the Sustainable Design Guidelines and HERE for a Guidelines Evaluation Form for tracking compliance.  

For more information about the Menomonee Valley Sustainable Design Guidelines, CLICK here.  

Valley Riverwalk Overlay Approved

At its July 11th, 2017 meeting, the Common Council approved the Menomonee Valley Riverwalk Overlay which will use this new zoning designation to "bookmark" the rivers edge along the Menomonee River for a future Valley Riverwalk as redevelopment occurs.  This overlay will mark the first expansion of the Milwaukee Riverwalk beyond its original course.

As part of the Valley Riverwalk, Design Standards have been created to guide development along the future Riverwalk system.  CLICK here to learn more.

To learn more about the Milwaukee Riverwalk, CLICK here

The Menomonee Valley 2.0 Plan was adopted by the Common Council on June 2, 2015.

Read the Menomonee Valley 2.0 Plan

Read the Executive Summary

Read the Market Analysis

The Menomonee Valley 2.0 is the update to the 1998 Menomonee Valley plan, "Market Study, Engineering, and Land Use Plan for the Menomonee Valley.

For additional information on Menomonee Valley 2.0, click here.

Contact Monica Wauck Smith at 414.286.5631 or via email at:

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in the Valley

Produced by the Menomonee Valley Partners 

Recent Development in the Menomonee River Valley Area

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Recent Development
in the Menomonee Valley Business Park 
updated Aug '15
Solaris (Coming Soon). A new 68,000-square-foot headquarters and production facility
Rishi Tea. Company headquarters - a  48,000-square-foot office and manufacturing facility
Potowatomi Hotel Design. 382 room hotel, a $150 Million investment in the Valley
J.F. Ahern Co. new facility. Regional Offices - A 52,000-square-foot on a 4.7-acre site
Ingeteam - A $15 million facility to manufacture equipment for renewable energy projects. This is Ingeteam's first manufacturing facility in the United States.
DerseDerse's new LEED-certified Milwaukee headquarters

DerseCharter Wire's new $20 million


DerseTaylor Dynamometer moved from New Berlin to a new 43,350-square-foot plant.
DerseCaleffi's new headquarters in the Menomonee Valley
DerseBadger Railing built a new facility in the Valley in 2007.


DersePalermo Villa was the first employer to locate in the Menomonee Valley Business Park.

Other Development
in the Menomonee Valley 
updated Aug '13
Urban Ecology Center. Adjoining the Hank Aaron State Trail and Three Bridges Park, the UEC connects the business park and the neighborhood
City Lights - Long abandoned Milwaukee Gas Light Co., designed by Alexander C. Eschweiler, was transformed into the headquarters for Zimmerman Architectural Studios Inc.
Canal Street Commerce Center - A new, sustainably - designed, multi-tenant facility.
Sigma Engineering constructed a new 28,000 square foot corporate office located on a three-acre Brownfield site.


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Sam Leichtling, Long Range Planning Manager, 414.286.5804

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