Frequently Asked Questions
20 sites were identified within the boundaries of
- South: I-94
- North: Capital Drive
- East: N 1st Street
- West: 27th Street
2153 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive has both historic and present-day significance.
- Public visioning sessions
- 1:1 interviews
- Community events and activities
Through an asset mapping exercise and a series of neighborhood conversations, early ideas are emerging for specific services and investments, such as community gathering space, that would enhance the richness of the neighborhood and increase the quality of life for residents. This process, which will be jointly managed by the partners, follows a model used by GMF that has been repeated in communities across the country and leads to strategic investments and engaged neighbors who serve as partners in the work.
Community Meet and Greet - May 18, 2019, at America’s Black Holocaust Museum
Visioning Session #1 – Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, at Sojourner Family Peace Center
Visioning Session #2 – Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at America’s Black Holocaust Museum
Visioning Session #3 – Friday, Oct. 11th, 2019, at On the Bayou
Visioning Session #4, #5 and #6 to be held in 2020
One-on-one Interviews are being conducted, with a goal of completing about 50.
GMF will be moving its full physical plant and entire staff of about 55 employees to the site.
Additional partners, as they join, will add to these numbers, as will the adjoining residential component.
The Partnership will work with the city to maximize parking for neighborhood residents.
Engberg Anderson and Kahler Slater are the architect and design firms involved.
Approximately $12.5 million in historic tax credits were awarded for this building.
- Engage resident and community partnerships.
- Improve social determinants of health.
- Catalyze change that leverages resources and investment.
Our work together will be informed by people in the surrounding neighborhood and community beyond, and by data. The partnership will enable MCW and the Foundation to bring complementary expertise on a range of strategies to invest in the educational, social and economic well-being and health of people across Milwaukee.
MCW and GMF both have programs and do work that is citywide and even regionwide. Our joint efforts and expanded partnerships will be designed to impact people throughout Milwaukee.
Our initial place-based investment will focus on our direct neighbors in Halyard Park, Harambee and Brewers Hill.
Together, we will identify opportunities and partners to support additional bodies of work and expand the footprint of that work.
Construction completion Winter / Spring 2021
Additional considerations will be based on neighborhood feedback.
A job fair will be held by CD Smith and Cross Management in Late Fall / Early Winter. More information will be provided at a later date.
Additionally, an anti-displacement fund has been formed at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
Both partners are active in raising money to support the anti-displacement fund.
The fund is consistent with the broader neighborhood investment efforts of MKE United, a cross-sector collective.
The partners are also exploring additional best practices identified in other communities to support the development of different strategies that would counter displacement.
Clinical partners already operate nearby, including the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin clinic on 6th and McKinley and the MLK Heritage Health Center.