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Harbor District Water and Land Use Plan

Launched in the fall of 2015, the City of Milwaukee, Harbor District Inc., and other partners are in the process of developing a Water and Land Use Plan to craft a vision for the city’s Harbor District. Engaging in a strategic redevelopment of the Harbor District that maximizes brownfield remediation and environmental reclamation was identified in the City of Milwaukee’s sustainability plan, ReFresh Milwaukee as a “catalytic project.” The creation of a Water and Land Use Plan for the Harbor District will build momentum and marshal resources to implement that vision. Community input and participation will play a large role in the planning process. The Harbor District has been at the center of our region’s prosperity for hundreds of years – first as a rice marsh with plentiful fish and game, then as an economic hub that served industries throughout the state. Now, much of its land sits abandoned or in disrepair and its waterways are polluted – but its potential is immense. The Harbor District Initiative brings together local, state, and federal government efforts, private sector interests, and community enthusiasm to achieve a world-class revitalization of this area for the benefit of the City and the Region. Our goal is to reinforce existing businesses and neighborhoods and set a new standard for how waterfronts “work” environmentally, economically, and socially. The City of Milwaukee is partnering with a new non-profit, Harbor District, Inc. (HDI), to lead the process to reimagine – and then rebuild – this area.

Please visit the Harbor District Inc. website to learn more about the initiative and to sign up to receive future updates and meeting invitations.

Northwestern Mutual plans dramatic skyline addition

The Milwaukee skyline is changing with a dramatic addition on the Northwestern Mutual campus downtown.  The new structure, with 1.1million square feet of space, is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Northwestern Mutual’s commitment to downtown Milwaukee includes the retention of 11-hundred jobs and, in the coming years, an additional 19-hundred jobs in the new building.
City government is making a Tax Incremental Financing investment toward the project to assist Northwestern Mutual with the additional costs of construction at this site.

Fifth Ward development to include grocery store, office building

A plan for the northeast corner of First Street and Greenfield Avenue is taking shape, and it includes both a grocery store and a prominent entry to the UWM Harbor Campus just east of the site.  The phased development will start with a Cermak grocery store and ultimately include an office building and a public space.
Stewart Wangard is the lead developer, and Alderman Jose Perez was instrumental in helping reach consensus.  Fifth Ward residents had expressed a strong interest in having a grocery store nearby, and the Department of City Development encouraged plans that would be consistent with potential investment around the Inner Harbor and the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences.
The revised vision received support from neighbors in a public meeting in early 2014.
City of Milwaukee Department of City Development Commissioner Rocky Marcoux  


Rocky Marcoux


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

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