Project partners announced for downtown plan

The City of Milwaukee Urban Development Department is partnering with Milwaukee Downtown, BID # 21 to co-lead downtown plan updates. The revised plan, “Connecting MKE 2040,” will include strategic updates to the 2010 plan that will guide land use decisions, redevelopment of key sites, and improvements to streets and public spaces during the 10-20. coming years.

After a quote process for Equity & Engagement Services and Urban Design Services, City of Milwaukee and Downtown Milwaukee, BID # 21 selected Development Group P3 to lead the council. downtown community and supporting equity and engagement in the planning process. Architects Kubala Washatko (TKWA), HNTB, American Design, Inc. (ADI) and raSmith were also hired for urban design services. As the name of the plan suggests, accessibility and connectivity from the city center to adjacent neighborhoods will be a key objective.

“Milwaukee experienced a major renaissance following the adoption of the Downtown Area Plan in 2010. Seeing how far we’ve come is inspiring, but we know there is more to be done to make downtown a place to be. every resident, in every neighborhood, feels welcome. and connected to our city, ”said DCD Commissioner Lafayette Crump. “Now is the time to plan for Milwaukee’s growth and future. I look forward to building our downtown to be stronger, fairer and easily accessible to all Milwaukeeans.

The latest downtown plan identified several major developments critical to the growth of the downtown area. These catalytic projects included: adding a fixed rail streetcar system; the revitalization of Wisconsin Avenue; new traffic patterns, development and public spaces at the Lakefront Gateway; building a strong Broadway connection to better connect the Central Business District to the Third Historic District; develop the area around Place du Père Marquette with residential, commercial and entertainment uses; improvement of the Station Plaza / Milwaukee Intermodal Station area; improving accessibility to the underutilized MacArthur Square; and develop the district of Haymarket into a mixed-use district with a public square. Over the past decade, more than $ 3.5 billion has been invested in completed private and public projects and over $ 2.5 billion is currently under construction or is expected to start soon.

“While many of the recommendations and catalytic projects called for in the 2010 plan have been implemented or are underway, the 2010 downtown plan is still very relevant,” said Beth Weirick, CEO of Milwaukee Downtown , IDB # 21. “We view this next iteration as an update of that plan, with some strategic updates to better position the central business district for growth and investment.”

The “Connec + ing MKE 2040” plan is expected to be released in 2022. A website featuring opportunities for community engagement will soon be launched. In the meantime, questions and comments can be sent to [email protected]