Commercial Building Revitalization
The Bronzeville redevelopment plan calls for investing into the revitalization of existing commercial properties to attract additional development, and to enhance the area’s image as an entertainment and cultural district. The City conducted a commercial property inventory analysis to determine the potential redevelopment of existing properties.
To address redevelopment, facade workshops will be conducted to help commercial property owners and businesses tap into the resources available to update and enhance their storefronts. Approximately $1 million in business development grants and loans are available for businesses to locate into the District.
The City of Milwaukee, through the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM), has begun to acquire properties designated as blighted within the Bronzeville Redevelopment area, including vacant land and buildings. Some of the buildings will be renovated while others have been demolished in an effort to create catalytic development sites. The City's goal is to partner with private parties to create development projects in the area. Projects may include uses such as retail, residential, entertainment venues, or restaurants, to name a few.
A market study conducted by CH2M Hill shows there is demand in the area for entertainment venues, retail shops, and restaurants.
Completed Construction Projects
Garfield 502, 502 West Garfield Avenue - Garfield 502 is a staple of entertainment in the Bronzeville District. Garfield 502 features fast casual dining and music oriented to Blues and R&B music lovers.
Completed Revitalization Projects
Milwaukee Urban League’s Headquarters, 435 W. North Avenue - The renovated building houses the Milwaukee Urban League and nationally recognized Urban Entrepreneurship Partnership (UEP.) UEP helps minority entrepreneurs start and maintain businesses. Milwaukee is one of only six cities in the nation to participate in this initiative.
Garfield SchoolPlanned Revitalization Projects
Former Garfield Elementary School, 2214 N. 4th Street - The former Garfield Avenue School was identified in the Bronzeville redevelopment plan for adaptive reuse into a cultural center with various uses that may include gallery space, a lecture hall, live/work spaces for artists, offices, and performance or event space. Milwaukee Public Schools and the City of Milwaukee are currently considering alternatives for the adaptive reuse of this building.