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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.

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Housing Help

Explore the Housing Help tool to find housing resources you can use if you're a homebuyer, homeowner or investor.  

 

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!

 

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.

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.

 

Featured News

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Alderman Rainey at Press Conference for investment program

Milwaukee picked by D.C. group for investment program impacting 30th Street Corridor

A team of Milwaukee leaders has been selected to run a capital reinvestment initiative impacting the 30th Street Industrial Corridor.

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Vacant lot for development on 7th and North

7th @ North Development Opportunity

A new development opportunity in Bronzeville! Be a part of the changes happening in the Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District at 7th @ North.

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Good City car in front of Century City

Good City Brewing to buy Century City building

Good City Brewing to purchase the century City building from the City of Milwaukee. Good City Brewing plans to move office and warehouse operations to the Century City business park on Milwaukee’s northwest side and hopes to establish brewery operations there within two years.

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

2018 Mayor's Design Awards

The Mayor’s Design Awards are presented in an ongoing effort to recognize design excellence throughout the City of Milwaukee. Recipients have added value to their neighborhoods by restoring, constructing or enhancing their properties in a way that respects the urban fabric and contributes to the character of their surroundings. Check out the 2018 winners!

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Picture of a potential development project for the Menomonee Valley River Walk

Menomonee Valley Updates

Menomonee Valley Partners, working with the City of Milwaukee, has released a request for proposals seeking a firm to prepare designs for the recently proposed Menomonee Valley Riverwalk.  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.

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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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809 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 286-5800

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Rocky Marcoux

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Phone: (414) 286-5800
Fax: (414) 286-5467

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Calendar

Take Root Milwaukee Homeownership Fair

08-18-20188:00 AM  - 12:00 PMMilwaukee Academy of Science 2000 W Kilbourn Ave.

Villard Days 2018

08-18-201811:00 AM  - 3:00 PMVillard Avenue from 32nd St to 37th St

Lunch & Learn Summer Series: Occupancy

08-20-201812:00 PM  - 1:00 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

Business Improvement District Board No. 15

08-21-201810:00 AMMilwaukee Center - 111 E. Kilbourn Ave. - Tower Lobby Conference Room 1st Floor

Westown Farmer's Market (on going - Wednesdays)

08-22-201810:00 AM  - 2:00 PMZeidler Union Square (On Michigan between 3rd and 4th Street)

Westown River Rythms (ongoing - Wednesdays)

08-22-20186:30 PM  - 9:00 PMPere Marquette Park

Redevelopment Authority

08-23-20181:30 PM809 N Broadway, 1st Floor Board Room

The Corridor BID Presents Family Fest

08-25-201812:00 PM  - 3:00 PMGarden Homes Park 2600 W Atkinson Ave

Business Improvement District Board No. 39

08-25-20183:00 PMCenter Street Library Community Room, 2727 W. Fond du Lac Avenue

Historic Third Ward Welcomes Harley-Davidson

09-01-201812:00 PM  - 10:00 PMBroadway (between St. Paul and Menomonee) and Menomonee (between Erie and Milwaukee)

Experience the FIRST Historic Third Ward Welcomes Harley-Davidson street party on Saturday, September 1st from noon to 10 pm. We are one of a handful of official Harley-Davidson street parties during Labor Day weekend in the Greater Milwaukee area. We are excited to roll out the orange carpet!

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

09-05-20189:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

Harbor Fest

09-08-201811:00 AM  - 4:00 PM600 East Greenfield Avenue

"A Celebration of All Things Fish and Ships"

City Plan Commission

09-10-20181:30 PM809 N. Broadway, First Floor Boardroom (Subject to change)

Homebuyer Orientation Session featuring $20,000 forgivable loan

09-11-20186:00 PM  - 7:00 PMCentral Library, 814 West Wisconsin Avenue. (Community Room 1)

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

09-12-20181:30 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

Community Improvement Project (CIP) Info Session - matching grants up to $4,000

09-12-20186:00 PM  - 7:00 PMWashington Park Library, 2121 N. Sherman Blvd.

Community Improvement Project (CIP) Info Session - matching grants up to $4,000

09-13-201810:00 AM  - 11:00 AMHillside Family Resource Center, 1452 N. 7th St.

Riverworks Week 2018

09-17-2018Riverworks Business Improvement District #25

Welcome to Riverworks: Milwaukee’s Creative District! We hope you can join in the fun for some or all of the week’s offerings. Whether it’s a cup of coffee in the morning, a Friday night block party, or an original bike tour through one of Wisconsin’s oldest planned industrial parks - there will be something going on that you won’t want to miss. Discover more at riverworksmke.org/week.

Lunch & Learn Summer Series: Basic Building Code

09-24-201812:00 PM  - 1:00 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

09-25-20189:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

City Plan Commission

10-01-20181:30 PM809 N. Broadway, First Floor Boardroom (Subject to change)

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

10-03-20181:30 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

Homebuyer Orientation Session featuring $20,000 forgivable loan

10-08-20186:00 PM  - 7:00 PMCentral Library, 814 West Wisconsin Avenue. (Community Room 1)

Community Improvement Project (CIP) Info Session - matching grants up to $4,000

10-10-20186:00 PM  - 7:00 PMWashington Park Library, 2121 North Sherman Boulevard

Community Improvement Project (CIP) Info Session - matching grants up to $4,000

10-11-201810:00 AM  - 11:00 AMHillside Family Resource Center, 1452 N. 7th St.

Lunch & Learn Summer Series: DPW

10-15-201812:00 PM  - 1:00 PM

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

10-16-20189:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

City Plan Commission

10-22-20181:30 PM809 N. Broadway, First Floor Boardroom (Subject to change)

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

10-25-20181:30 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

11-05-20189:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

City Plan Commission

11-12-20181:30 PM809 N. Broadway, First Floor Boardroom (Subject to change)

COMMON COUNCIL BUDGET ADOPTION MEETING

11-13-20189:00 AMCity Hall, Common Council Chambers, 3rd Floor

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

11-15-20181:30 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

COMMON COUNCIL MEETING

11-27-20189:00 AMCity Hall, 3rd Floor, Common Council Chambers

City Plan Commission

12-03-20181:30 PM809 N. Broadway, First Floor Boardroom (Subject to change)

COMMUNITY & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

12-05-20181:30 PMCity Hall, Room 301-B

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