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Community Open House Connec+ing MKE Meeting

April 27, 2022 /   Connecting MKE

Join us on Wednesday, May 25th, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the 3rd Street Market Hall, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave., for an opportunity to voice your vision of the Milwaukee future. 

The City of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development (DCD) and Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21 have announced their second in a series of public meetings for the new Downtown Area Plan, “Connec+ing MKE 2040.” The open house-style format will give Milwaukee residents the opportunity to voice their visions for the future of Milwaukee; residents will have the opportunity to learn about transformative projects from the 2010 area plan, engage with neighbors, and provide valuable input in the planning process. Accessibility and connectivity to adjacent neighborhoods will be a key focus in discussions for the updated plan. Public participation is integral to creating an equitable plan that is designed with everyone in mind.

“Shaping the future of Milwaukee can be a collaborative process, and we are extending an invitation to join in,” Mayor Cavalier Johnson said. “The time is now to plan for Milwaukee’s growth and future. The Downtown Area Plan will set priorities, strategies, and approaches that will help determine what the city center of Milwaukee will look like in the decades ahead.”


Ongoing dialogue is also encouraged at www.connectingmke.com, where users can post ideas on a virtual wall, pin comments to an interactive map, and view comments from fellow Milwaukee residents. The feedback collected from these resources will help identify areas for growth and improvement, which will influence planning decisions. Comments can include notes about strengths, opportunities to grow, aspirations for an ideal downtown and suggestions for ways to measure the results of the completed plan. 

“The Downtown Area Plan will set stage for Downtown’s growth over the next two decades,” said Beth Weirick, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21. “The way we ensure a vibrant and more easily accessible community is by hearing from everyone, which is why public input is critically important. Now is the chance to shape our downtown for future generations.”

Be sure to mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 25th for the opportunity to help shape Milwaukee’s future! 


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