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Catalytic Projects

Transforming Milwaukee's 21st Century Neighborhood

West Wisconsin Avenue, a vibrant street anchoring Milwaukee's next great neighborhood, is in the midst of a renaissance. 

Read on for more information about several catalytic projects that are redefining the corridor and the surrounding neighborhood. 


4th Street & Wisconsin Avenue Development Site

Announced in June of 2016, the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee launched a Request for Proposal to develop a 2-acre parcel located at the high-impact intersection of 4th Street and West Wisconsin Avenue. The site offers direct connections to The Milwaukee Streetcar and the proposed Bus Rapid Transit line. With its close proximity to the Wisconsin Center District, The Shops of Grand Avenue, hotels and new residential units, the site will serve as a catalytic project and new anchor for West Wisconsin Avenue. All interested parties can see more by clicking here. View More »

The Shops of Grand Avenue

Announced in the spring of 2016, the Shops of Grand Avenue is proposed for a complete reinvention that could include up to 120,000 sq. ft. of unique office space overlooking an urban marketplace, a grocery store and ground-level retail that reengages with the Avenue. View More »

SpringHill Suites by Marriott

Opening in June 2016, downtown's newest hotel, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott is part of downtown's revitalization of former office space. The 155-room hotel is connected to the Wisconsin Center through the skywalk system. View More »

The Milwaukee Bucks Arena

With groundbreaking scheduled for June 18, 2016, the $524 million Milwaukee Bucks arena will spur a new sports and entertainment district in the Park East Corridor, just a few blocks north of West Wisconsin Avenue. View More »

The Milwaukee Streetcar

With construction underway on Phase 1 and the Lakefront Extension routes, the City of Milwaukee has announced funding plans to connect The Milwaukee Streetcar with the Bucks arena. Accounting for $40 million in additional investment, the extension is expected to spur new development on West Wisconsin Avenue. View More »

The Buckler Apartments

Leading the way for several office-to-residential conversions, The Buckler is one of downtown's newest luxury apartment projects. Featuring unique studio, one and two-bedroom floor plans and exclusive amenities, it's become a flagship property in Westown's renaissance. View More »

MKE Lofts

Located at the high impact intersection of West Wisconsin and Plankinton Avenues, MKE Lofts completed a $23.5 million rehabilitation in late 2015. The 100+ year-old historic property features 105 fully leased apartments with first floor commercial space opportunities. MKE Lofts proves the high demand for living on West Wisconsin Avenue. View More »

Bus Rapid Transit

Milwaukee is planning to implement a bus rapid transit (BRT) system with the first line being a 7-mile East-West Corridor connecting Downtown Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center (MRMC) and Milwaukee County Research Park (MCRP). Milwaukee County recently submitted a federal grant application to offset much of the cost of the initial route. Milwaukee’s first BRT system could be operational by 2019. View More »