ECO HOME GR/OWN's 2017 North Avenue Greenscaping Project
Bronzeville Projects on 6th & 7th Streets
North Avenue investments demonstrate City's continued committment to neighborhoods
- Bronzeville has new energy with the openings of the Garfield Street School apartment project, the Griot
- the new Black Holocaust Museum and Pete's Fruit Market. ECO, City DCD, RACM and the Bronzeville Advisory Committee
- have wanted to honor that work and help where we could. Since ECO's HOME GR/OWN specializes City vacant lot improvements,
- we focused on two, long-vacant lots in the neighborhood, with the goal of beautifying them in the interim until potential development.
The two vacant lots selected for greenscaping were:
1) the northwest corner of 6th & North, untouched for decades,
2) the northwest corner of 7th & Garfield, visible from the I-43 North Avenue off-ramp.
7th & Garfield "After" Photo
|Summer 2018 photo looking northeast
"Before" Photos - before the greenscaping:
Bronzeville Greenscaping "Before" Photos
|Aerial view of 6th & North showing longtime concrete rubble
||Aerial view of 7th & Garfield site showing extent of asphalt coverage
December 2018 update: After some 2018 car damage to the 6th & North site, ECO is evaluating a landscaping repair project for 2019.
With support from the City of Milwaukee, the Lindsay Heights neighborhood and the North Avenue commercial corridor have seen a surge in catalytic investment in the last two years. To build on this momentum of neighborhood reinvestment, the City and its partners launched a multi-year program in 2016 to enhance the appearance of the North Avenue commercial corridor west of I-43, specifically targeting North Avenue between 8th Street and 27th Street. In 2017, we expanded east of I-43 on North Avenue down to 5th Street.
Specific 6th & North project goals include:
- Covering up concrete rubble - Completed August 2017
- Planting grass over new "domed" landscape - Completed August 2017
- The above steps will create a simple grassy area, hiding concrete rubble that was visible for decades.
Specific 7th & Garfield project goals include:
- Removal of the asphalt that once covered 75% of the site - Completed August 2017
- Planting grass in the interior, creating a grassy space where there was once asphalt - Completed August 2017
- Pruning and weeding of existing overgrown shrubbery and trees on the perimeter - Completed August 2017
- Planting 100 native grasses along 3 sides of the lot to provide a pleasant view for pedestrians and motorists - August 2017
- Create a green, sustainable gateway to the Bronzeville neighborhood for the 1000's of daily motorists using the I-43 exit ramp
Recent Bronzeville-North Avenue catalytic developments completed or in progress: