Downtown Dog Park Will Include Riverfront Brewery
Foxtown Landing will include Foxtown Brewery and Fromm-sponsored dog park.
The quest to build a sizable downtown dog park took a major step forward Wednesday morning.
The park, planned for a vacant riverfront site along N. Plankinton Ave., now has a naming rights partner and a proposed next-door neighbor.
“Milwaukee is rich in history, as is the Fromm brand and our family. When we learned about the dog park project, we began exploring the larger opportunity to develop a true ‘dog district’ where people and their pets can gather along the river at the nexus of where the Historic Third Ward and Downtown meet,” said Fromm president Tom Nieman in a statement. “With dog ownership rapidly increasing in recent years in the greater downtown area, we see this as a natural fit for us and a game changer for the City of Milwaukee.”
The dog park, first proposed in 2020, would be built at the southeast corner of the intersection of N. Plankinton Ave. and W. Clybourn St. Much of that site is located underneath Interstate 794 and publicly owned.
The brewery complex, which would include a taproom, distillery and restaurant, is to be located on a privately-owned, vacant site, 412-420 N. Plankinton Ave., at the northeast corner of N. Plankinton Ave. and W. St. Paul Ave.
A new riverwalk segment would run along the 1.4-acre site, filling in one of the last remaining gaps in Downtown. The dog park would include separately-fenced areas for both large and small dogs as well as artificial turf.
“This is a significant milestone for the project and certainly a vote of confidence from one of the country’s largest specialty pet food manufacturing companies,” said Schwartz. The pet food company and original Foxtown Brewing location are both in Mequon.
“This is a generational opportunity to reinvent a long-dormant, underutilized, but highly visible area of Downtown into what will be a true destination that enhances Downtown’s quality of life and bridges the gap between the Historic Third Ward and Westown neighborhoods,” said Dorner.
Stephen Perry Smith Architects is designing the building while GRAEF is continuing to design the dog park. Scott Welsh of Colliers International is representing Fromm in purchasing the brewery site and was an early supporter of the dog park effort.
A historical marker is expected to eventually be installed immediately south of the new brewery following the county’s formal recognition of the site of the former Black Nite tavern and associated Black Nite Brawl as a landmark. The 1961 brawl, which occurred outside the since-demolished gay bar, is considered a major event in the early history of the gay rights movement.
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