Interim Plaza Program

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Interim plazas transform underutilized streets or areas of streets into public spaces using low-cost materials, such as paint, movable planters, flexible delineator posts, and seating. Interim plazas reconfigure space that might otherwis be underutilized or unnecessary for automobile traffic, or unsafe for people walking. Partnerships with business improvement districts or community groups are vital to the success and sustainability of these spaces. Interim plazas can range in complexity from eliminating a right turn slip lane to completely shutting down a section of a street to through traffic. Interim plazas also serve as low-cost trials to evaluate more permanent changes to streets and right of way. 

The Gathering Places Feasibility Study identified several opportunities to grow Milwaukee's network of gather places; interim plazas were one of those opportunities. Learn about other opportunities: 

Gathering Places Feasibility Study


Guidelines and Application Instructions 

Interim Plaza Program Guidelines

Applications are processed through Accela:



Grant Program 

The city of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW) will provide up to three (3) grants of up to $30,000 each to eligible organizations to create an interim plazas in the public right of way. 

Grantees will be provided one-time financial support to install and program an interim plaza. recipents are responsible for installation, maintenance, and removal of the interim plazas. Interim plazas must be installed within two months of award date. No removal date is required as long as grantee continues to comply with terms and conditions outlined in the Interim Plaza Program Guidelines. 



  • Applicant must be or represent an adjacent property owner(s), a nearby business or neighborhood improvement district, or a nearby City-recognized non-profit community-based organization.
  • Applicant must be able to provide a W9 during application process; a blank one will be provided if necessary. 
  • Applicant must be able to meet the following insurance requirements, as required by the Interim Plaza Program guidelines:
    • During the period in which this revocable privilege is in effect, Permittee shall maintain a policy of General Liability insurance with respect to the right-of-way and the interim plaza in an amount not less than One Million Dollars per occurrence, combined single limit, naming the City as an additional insured. Permittee shall furnish to the City a certificate of insurance evidencing such insurance prior to commencing construction of Permittee’s permitted encroachments, unless otherwise authorized by the City.



Application opens March 21, 2023
Informational session March 30, 2023
Pre-application due NEW DATE April 18, 2023
Application due  May 12, 2023
Awardees notified  May 24, 2023
Interim plaza must be installed by July 15, 2023
Final report due  November 15, 2023


Learn more in the grant overview:

Interim Plaza Program Grant Overview



Informational Sesion

An informational session for the grant program was held on March 30, 2023. A recording of the session and presentation slides are below.

Informational Session Recording

Informational Session Presentation Slides

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