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Downtown Development

Building On Momentum

Milwaukee's renaissance has been widely noted in publications near and far - but it takes a stroll along such places as the Riverwalk to see the "new" downtown for yourself.  Development and redevelopment have been steady as more people rediscover the the excitement and energy associated with an urban lifestyle in addition to premiere access to the Milwaukee River and the Lakefront.

Between 2000 and 2007, downtown housing increased by 2,435 units with an average 347 new units constructed each year.  In addition, over two million square feet of new and relocated office space was created.  Since 2000, completed infrastructure projects totaling more than $1.2 billion include the new Intermodal Station, the Marquette Interchange, the Knapp Street bridge, Water Street streetscaping, and the Milwaukee Public Market.  More than 10,000 linear feet of Riverwalk has been added to the system and is open to the public 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. 

Since 2000, Milwaukee's downtown attracted various new cultural and tourism facilities, including the Milwaukee Art Museum expansion (drawing 250,000 + visitors annually), Pier Wisconsin, home to Discovery World (drawing 150,000+ visitors annually), and the Milwaukee Riverwalk, which extends three miles along both shores of the Milwaukee River.

Downtown's future consists of many more residents and businesses in a setting of modern towers and historic lofts.  Ongoing downtown revitalization and rehabilitation efforts will continue to building on this momentum. 

For information on planned, under construction and newly constructed (since 2005) Downtown Developments, please read the Downtown Project Report.


Contact DCD

Lori Lutzka
Development Projects Manager
(414) 286-5846
Department of City Development
809 North Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202


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