City Real Estate E-Newsletter: September 2021


Let's talk about Healing Spaces!


Did you know? The City of Milwaukee launched the Healing Spaces Initiative in the Harambee neighborhood, with the Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) leading the city’s effort.

Public spaces are an important part of urban life. They are a relaxing time-out from city-life, recharging your spirit while allowing you to use your neighborhood and enjoy your surroundings. The healing spaces will create a sense of comfort while being accessible to all. Healing Spaces Initiative will help residents build relaxing natural environments on available city-owned vacant lots while, at the same time, eliminate blighted spaces and engage residents. Projects will include pathways, benches, flower gardens, Gazebos, solar lights, Little Free Libraries and more.

Visit our website to volunteer!




Homeownership Opportunities

Click for Extended Listing of Homes for SaleClick for Current Listing of Homes For Sale

View homes for sale by visiting our Current Listing or Extended Listing. Properties listed under Current Listing are for owner-occupancy only, while homes listed under Extended Listing are available to owner-occupants and investors who want to earn rental income. 

Homes are also listed with external agents. Work with your realtor to find your new home in the city! 

Owner-occupant buyers may qualify for the $500 Roots Landscaping Program Incentive and Homebuyer Assistance Program - $20,000 forgivable loan for rehab


Featured Home

3613 N 19th Street
Single Family
3 BR / 1 BA • 913 sq. ft.
Check out this home located in the Franklin Heights neighborhood! This property has 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom. * Homeownership Required*

Contact your real estate agent to view this property.

Asking Price: $11,500
Scope of Work: $27,670
Essential Repairs: $10,565

May be eligible for up to $20,000 forgivable loan with homeownership.




Helpful Resources

Milwaukee Rental Housing Resource Center
helps tenants and landlords with housing challenges.

At risk of eviction? There are resources that may help you.

Visit for information.

Housing Help Tool

If you're looking for a one stop shop for housing resources the Housing Help web tool is it! The Housing Help tool connects your with information and resources from various City departments and non-profit organizations. You can filter it if you're a homeowner, homebuyer or investor/non-profit organization. 

Explore this tool to find resources you can use! 

Down Payment Assistance ProgramMilwaukee Home Down Payment Assistance Program

The City of Milwaukee wants to help you realize your dream of homeownership! The Milwaukee Home Down Payment Assistance Program offers forgivable grants of up to $7,000 to help you purchase your City of Milwaukee home. 

Learn more at


OWNS Program LogoOWNS: Ownership, Wealth, Neighborhood Stabilization

The OWNS program is an initiative meant to boost local ownership of rental properties and to build generational wealth in Milwaukee communities. It looks to incentivize existing homeowners to buy City of Milwaukee owned properties, for rental purposes, in their neighborhood with the belief that local owner investors will be more accountable and attentive to an investment property near their owner-occupied residence.

Learn more at

Stop Illegal Dumping

Illegal dumping is a burden to residents and a blight on our beautiful city. Don't let illegal dumping ruin your neighborhood. Report it and you could be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

You can call (414) 286-CITY or report it online. Remember to report who, what, where and when. 

FREE Water Filter Learn more about Lead-Safe Milwaukee

Do you need a drinking water filter? If your home has a lead service line you can get a discounted water filter at You may be able to qualify for a free water filter if you live in the City of Milwaukee and cannot afford a filter. Visit the health department's website for more info or call 414-286-3521. 

Register for E-Notify Sign up for e-notify today

Use E-Notify to receive notices from the City of Milwaukee,  Milwaukee County and Milwaukee Public Schools. Choose from news releases, meeting notices and agendas, job announcements, new property sale listings, bid notices, online auction items, and many others.

Trash Cleanup

Be a good neighbor and help keep our City clean. Now is a great time to gather your neighbors and schedule a neighborhood cleanup! Contact Keep Greater Milwaukee Beautiful to get FREE supplies for your cleanup. You can also report it by calling 286-CITY.   

Downspout Disconnect Program LogoDownspout Disconnect Program

Did you receive a letter about disconnecting your downspouts? That means that one (1) or more of your downspouts may meet the criteria for disconnecting from the combined sewer. Click the link above for more information. 


City Programs - Learning Opportunities

Homebuyer Orientation Sessions

Did you know that our Homebuyer Orientation Sessions are available on You Tube? View our short 3-part HBA series to learn more about the Homebuyer Assistance Program, which explains the resources available to YOU when purchasing City-owned homes.

Homebuyer Assistance Program Orientation

Community Improvement Project (CIP) Info Sessions

NIDC CIP match grants support community projects that engage community members and physically improve neighborhoods in Milwaukee. CIP grants are reimbursable grants that require a dollar–for-dollar match from non-City funding sources. The maximum CIP grant request is $4,000. 

Learn more about CIP by watching this video!

Healing Spaces Initiative

The Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) is leading the city’s effort to launch the Healing Spaces Initiative in the Harambee neighborhood. This initiative will help residents build relaxing natural environments on available city-owned vacant lots while, at the same time, eliminate blighted spaces and engage residents.

This spring 22 applications were received from residents and community based organizations. Out of that pool, ten outstanding applications were chosen. By the end of September all the Healing Spaces will be built and available to the public. Learn more about Healing Spaces at the link.

Landlord Training Program.Landlord Training

Attend the next Department of Neighborhood Services FREE 5- hour training seminar and receive a 100-page manual and certificate of completion. Visit our Landlord Training website for more information on upcoming trainings and to register.

rent for success logo Rent for Success 

Rent for Success is a free info-packed tenant training program designed to educate and empower renters to make safe, healthy choices in their housing, and to provide helpful resources in case anything does go wrong with an arrangement. Visit our Rent for Success website for information.


Community Events

Our City always has fun and informational events happening! Take part in all the great events, to see a full list of events from the City visit our Community Events Calendar.

Harvest Day 2021: Celebrating 21 years of community revitalization!

This year, Fondy Farmers Market and Walnut Way will leverage their multi-year partnership by celebrating the end of the season, with Walnut Way’s Annual Harvest Day Festival at Fondy Park.

Fondy Park will come alive with the sights and sounds of the diverse cultures that make up Lindsay Heights and Milwaukee. Come for the food stay for the music, art and much more!

Saturday, September 11 from 12pm-5pm
Fondy Park, 2200 W. Fond du Lac Avenue

Harbor District, Inc. Presents: Harbor Fest! 

Harbor Fest is back 2021 to celebrate all things Fish, Water, and Ships! Join the festivities for a family friendly, free street festival. This year Harbor Fest will feature the Milwaukee Boat Parade and Sturgeon Fest.

Sunday, September 19th
11:00am – 4:00pm

Native Plant Sale!

Did you know you can plant native perennial plants into the late fall? They will establish and be ready to pop up again next year! Birds and pollinators rely on native plants for habitat. Attend the Urban Ecology Center's Native Plant Sale with Prairie Future Seed Co. at Washington Park and find out what you can plant this season!

September 12 from 9am-1pm.

4th Annual Promise Zone Bike Ride!

Join in for a slow-paced, family-friendly 5-mile bike ride through parts of Milwaukee's 30th Street Industrial Corridor and the surrounding neighborhoods.

The ride will start and end in Garden Homes Park (2600 W. Atkinson Avenue) and include several stops to highlight various neighborhood features and initiatives. 

Free bike repairs will be offered before the ride, and some rental bikes are available. There will also be snacks and raffle prizes!

September 18 at 10:00 a.m.
Pre-register for the bike ride:


Commercial Property Opportunities



6th and North Avenue Development Opportunity

Listing Price: $300,000 or $6.15/SF

Check out this exciting opportunity on North Avenue, within the Bronzeville Cultural and Entertainment District! 

This large site opens up numerous possibilities for a vibrant and dynamic development on a commercial corridor with high traffic counts.

Request for Proposals responses are due by 12:00 p.m. (noon), Thursday October 7, 2021.

For information about this and other available properties, visit


From the DCD E-News Desk    

Commercial Corridor Team celebrates the opening of Urbal Tea in the Crisol Corridor Business Improvement District


On July 20, 2021, Urbal Tea opened its first café located at 3060 S 13th St within the Crisol Corridor Business Improvement District #50. This was an exciting project for CCT, as this property was a city commercial foreclosed property.

Using the Foreclosed Commercial Property Renovation Fund forgivable loan, building owner Ryan Pattee was able to renovate and enhance this space by investing over $200,000 into interior and exterior renovations. Business owner Nick Nowaczyk was not only able to expand his business, which had been selling their products through various retailers, but also create job opportunities for four employees, and a tasting room café to further their business’ brand experience. Turning this space into a café has added another complimentary business to the Corridor by activating and enhancing a blighted City-owned property.

In recent planning efforts, residents and community members expressed a desire for more businesses that offered local goods and places to gather. Now, residents and visitors are able to enjoy over 40 delicious tea options, coffee drinks, hot chocolate and 13 different “health booster” shots, along with happy hour beverages and pastries. The café also offers a shopping section to purchase loose leaf tea and brewing accessories. The tea shop will offer the community a great new space for gatherings and meetings.

CCT staff member Jessica Sanchez was present to join the celebration, along with Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderwoman Marina Dimitrijevic, Crisol Corridor BID Director Leif Otteson, building owner Ryan Pattee, business owner Nick Nowaczyk, project partners, and Urbal Tea staff. The project was a great combination of efforts from CCT, Real Estate and Planning.

Read more about the development and business in this Journal Sentinel Article


Visit Crisol Corridor Business Improvement District #50


Take a look at the before and after! 


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