The Community Takes Shape Within the Corridor
Largest private affordable housing project in state history transforming W. Center St.
A former Briggs & Stratton factory campus will soon see new life as a home for more than 200 people.
A partnership of Que El-Amin, Mikal Wesley, Rayhainio Boynes and Roers Companies is redeveloping the vacant, 6.99-acre manufacturing campus at N. 32nd St. and W. Center St. The two-block campus lines the north side of W. Center St. just west of the 30th Street railroad corridor.
The Community Within The Corridor, as the $66 redevelopment is known, will create 197 units of affordable housing in four buildings and more than 60,000 square feet of space for accessory uses. Most of the units will be set aside at below-market rates for individuals making less than 80% of the county’s median income for a period of at least 30 years.
It is the largest one-time, private affordable housing development in Wisconsin history.
The project will include 23,000 square feet of commercial space and 40,000 square feet of community and recreational space. Uses for those spaces, as of 2020, include a daycare, laundromat, grocer, gym, office space for Urban Underground, El-Amin’s Young Enterprising Society tech incubation program, Wesley’s Urbane Communities and Boynes’ Sharp Creatives.
Construction on the project began in February 2021 and is expected to be completed in early 2022.