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City of Milwaukee Opportunity Zones

Mayor Tom Barrett and the Department of City Development are ready to assist investors interested in Milwaukee Opportunity Zones. This federal program rewards investment in designated economically challenged communities by providing favorable treatment of the investor's capital gains taxes. 

The City of Milwaukee is an ideal location to maximize the benefits of Opportunity Zone investments. Zones (indicated in tan on the map) can be found from the far northwest side to an area near Mitchell International Airport. Businesses and real estate projects in the 30th Street Industrial Corridor/Century City business park, the Menomonee Valley, Riverworks industrial area, Harbor District, the near south side, and adjacent to the Park East corridor all qualify for Opportunity Zone investment.

Search the interative map on this site to determine whether a property is located in a Milwaukee Opportunity Zone. Or click on a zone (indicated in tan on the map) for more information. Department of City Development staff are happy to answer your questions; David Misky at 414-286-8682 or Lori Lutzka at 414-286-5846. For more information on navigating the map click here

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Frequently Asked Questions

Information About: Opportunity Zones in Milwaukee

What are the tax incentives for investors?

The Opportunity Zone program provides federal tax incentives to encourage investors to put their capital to work in low-income neighborhoods. It provides the following;

temporary tax deferral for capital gains reinvested in an Opportunity Fund. The deferred gain must be recognized on the earlier of the date on which the opportunity zone investment is sold or December 31, 2026.

step-up in basis for capital gains reinvested in an Opportunity Fund. The basis of the original investment is increased by 10% if the investment in the qualified opportunity zone fund is held by the taxpayer for at least 5 years, and by an additional 5% if held for at least 7 years, excluding up to 15% of the original gain from taxation.

permanent exclusion from taxable income of capital gains from the sale or exchange of an investment in a qualified opportunity zone fund, if the investment is held for at least 10 years. (Note: this exclusion applies to the gains accrued from an investment in an Opportunity Fund, not the original gains).


What assets are eligible for investment?
Real estate and businesses located within the Opportunity Zones in Milwaukee are eligible for investment. View our Development Opportunities to see city real estate available, some may fall within the Opportunity Zones. 

 

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Contact Us

David Misky
809 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 286-8682
dmisky@milwaukee.gov

Lori Lutzka
809 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202

(414) 286-5846
lori.lutzka@milwaukee.gov

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Two Milwaukee Opportunity Zones are in the Top 50 areas for top opportunity zones for smart growth potential. Read the Smart Growth America article

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