Graham Kilmer
Plats and Parcels

New Development in Menomonee Valley?

A new road and design solutions could attract development and 800 new jobs.

By - Apr 29th, 2018 05:44 pm
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5 thoughts on “Plats and Parcels: New Development in Menomonee Valley?”

  1. DAG999 says:

    It would be nice if the City of Milwaukee would include more things like Skateboard and Dog Parks as seen in these plans.. Several very good locations could be under the elevated portions of the freeways, which would already be covered from the weather. Milwaukee leaders need to go to other cities and see that you don’t need 6 blocks of parkland to create a dog park.
    In NYC for example, they are constructed using a combination of grass, crushed stone and pea gravel, with raised planters and cordoned off plantings to protect the greenery. Many are only a few widths of an empty city lot in older neighborhoods. With all of the housing development in the Downtown and 3rd Ward neighborhoods, wouldn’t it be nice to have a place to take the dog?

  2. TransitRider says:

    Dog parks aren’t just for people with dogs. They’re also for people who don’t have a dog but like watching them play.

    A few years ago, we had an apartment in Manhattan and used to visit dog parks just to stand there (beyond the fence) and watch the dogs hang out with each other.

  3. michael says:

    Why are we trying to make the most marginal piece of property in the city nice?? The area is blanketed in 150 years of transportation assets, there’s no neighborhood, it has a disjointed street grid, and much of it is brownfield. Let’s just leave it as is. If folks want to make private investments down in that ditch, good for them, but it shouldn’t be the residents of Milwaukee at least not while we have potentially gorgeous commercial corridors within a stone’s throw of major jobs centers and densely populated neighborhoods that are in need of some re-investment.,-87.9297705,3a,75y,99.11h,80.06t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1spU3G6nGJujDtG1Gtp1SsDA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

  4. Dave says:

    As intriguing as the concept is…I can’t disagree with Michael (tho I can see the eventual appeal on the north side of river). It seems there are other competing and higher profile priorities that should be capitalized before we further develop that Menomonee corridor (unless their is clear stated interest for a large scale development). Let’s finish McKinley, the Inner Harbor, downtowns West Town, etc before starting the next development zone

  5. michael says:

    I think I was a little too negative in that response. I just get fed up because the city is bursting with walkable commercial corridors, where if we gave them a “S. 5th Street treatment” (i.e. rebuilt road, made much wider sidewalks, streetscaping, pedestrian improvements) I have no doubt that they would flourish almost immediately. Vliet, Vallard, N 27th. For the price of building the off-ramps to even get people down into the Valley from the viaducts, we could really make a difference across several important neighborhood main streets.

    In valley, St. Paul St. will continue to see investment since the building stock is good, there’s a collection of destination businesses, and it’s a straight shot into downtown. On the south side of the valley, Potawatomi and HD will continue to sprawl and catalyze some development around them. The floodplain/park toward Palermos was nicely done. But building entirely new streets plus connections in from the viaducts would be an absolute fortune. I say, let’s just do the small stuff on St. Paul and Canal Streets– adding street trees, public trash cans, improved street lighting, etc. Maybe in 15 years, it will be developed enough to warrant spending the 10s of millions.

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