Dave Reid

Historic Third Ward Broadway Streetscape Extension Nears Completion

By - Dec 6th, 2011 12:28 pm
Streetscaping on Broadway

Streetscaping on Broadway

In 1992 the first portion of the Historic Third Ward’s streetscaping plans were completed.  That $3.5 million project included the mid-block parks on Broadway, Catalano Square, 285 pedestrian light poles, and two arches that designate the gateways to the Historic Third Ward.  But this was just that start of the redevelopment of the Historic Third Ward, and at the time the project didn’t complete the streetscaping of Broadway between St. Paul Ave. and Buffalo St., in part because of the operation of a wholesale food producer operating on Broadway.

Today, the gap of streetscaping between St. Paul Ave. and Buffalo St. on Broadway, as per the Historic Third Ward’s Neighborhood Plan, is being completed.   The design will finally tie the street together as one place with a unified design all the way from Catalano Square to the Milwaukee Public Market.  Additionally, the design will slow traffic as it has along the rest of Broadway, and create a more inviting pedestrian environment furthering retail business development in the Historic Third Ward.




6 thoughts on “Historic Third Ward Broadway Streetscape Extension Nears Completion”

  1. Chris says:

    Really happy to see this final piece to the Broadway streetscaping in place. The stretch always felt vacant and disconnected due to the unnecessarily wide road width. Now if only those remaining vacant parcels and unused spectacular old buildings could fill in with great infill development…

  2. Dave Reid says:

    @Chris Me 2… I agree it gave a bit of a feeling of being vacant even though the area really wasn’t

  3. Chris says:

    Dave, do you know if they’ll be developing a center island component similar to what already exists just south? I see that the Third Ward Plan has this included, but don’t recall seeing it under construction.

  4. Dave Reid says:

    @Chris From what I could tell no…I didn’t see it marked out.

  5. Kevin Muhs says:

    A Jeff Sherman blog post on OMC.com seems to indicate the one will be added at some point next year. Hopefully its similar to the two further south.


  6. Dave Reid says:

    @Kevin Thanks for the update!

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