March 16, 2017 | NWSP Update 

 Friends of the Near West Side:

As spring quickly approaches, we're excited to continue with the many great projects happening in the Near West Side. From our Grocery Challenge to real spring clean-ups, we're full steam ahead in 2017.

We were proud to host Mayor Tom Barrett's annual State of the City Address at our anchor institution Harley-Davidson on March 6, 2017. Check out details below. We also have several great events coming up, so keep an eye out for invitations or notices. We appreciate any opportunity to bring the Near West Side community together and promote the great assets of the area. If you need lunch plans this afternoon, head to the Ambassador Hotel for the Avenues West luncheon, where the topic of discussion is tourism in the Near West Side. Register online here.

Looking to get a jump start on spring cleaning? Several Near West Side neighborhoods are planning area-cleanups for you to join! Check out more information and details below. 

Thanks to our incredible residents, neighbors and partners, we continue to see strong momentum as we better our neighborhood of neighborhoods . Be sure to check out the great features and projects that have made some great news lately. 
Keep it up,
Keith Stanley
Executive Director, Near West Side Partners, Inc.
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We recently kicked off a major initiative in the Near West Side: the Grocery Challenge. Focused on finding fresh food solutions for our neighborhood of neighborhood, we've already received great input from the community and our team's research is well under way. Check out the community conversations from our last community gathering and stay tuned for more updates! You can also listen to our interview with WUWM-FM's Lake Effect here.


(Photo: Milwaukee Business Journal)

Our anchor institution Harley-Davidson recently hosted Mayor Tom Barrett's Annual State of the City Address on March 6. During his speech to a packed room, Mayor Barrett commended the work of Near West Side Partners as a great asset to the City of Milwaukee. Thank you to all who joined us to hear about the great progress and future of our city. If you weren't able to attend, check out the Milwaukee Business Journal's slideshow for updates photos of the event.


Have you been to Troop Cafe yet? Located in the Historic Concordia neighborhood of the Near West Side at 3430 W. Wisconsin Ave., this fresh, local cafe has a unique history. Troop Cafe is staffed by U.S. veterans, as well as partners in the nonprofit community, creating a vocational training program in a real world environment - part of their mission to serve the community by offering affordable, high quality meals to the public, while providing job skills training for military veterans with barriers to employment.

Check out their Facebook Page for more information and new updates coming to the cafe soon!


Two Near West Side businesses, anchor institution MillerCoors and Wisconsin Legal Blank Printing & Forms, have earned 2017 Milwaukee Business Journal Central City Business Awards. The two companies were among several businesses and individuals who were recognized for creating opportunity and generating positive momentum in central city areas. Check out the full list online here

Creating a Multi-Cultural Democracy
Winona LaDuke

Thursday, April 6 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Weasler Auditorium | 1506 W. Wisconsin Ave.

Winona LaDuke will present Creating a Multi-Cultural Democracy: Religion, Culture, and ldentity in America, the 2017 Curtis L. Carter Art & Social Change Lecture. The program is free and open to the public. Register online here.


2203 W. Michigan Street
Avenues West Neighborhood

This building is located in the Avenues West neighborhood of the Near West Side, an ideal location with easy access to the interstate and Marquette University. With a close proximity to public transit and downtown Milwaukee as well, this building presents a great opportunity for a variety of uses. The lot also includes off-street parking, multiple internal and covered loading docks, levelers, a sprinkler system and the option for a divided space.

Zoning: IL2 | 49,283 industrial sq. ft. of space | 4,551 sq. ft. of office space
Rates: $4.50 PSF, plus office rate of $8 NNN

Contact Sue Sardina or Derek Reinke of Ogden for more information at (414) 270-4148.


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"Mayor Tom Barrett: The heart of our city is thriving"
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett praised many developments in his State of the City address on March 6 to highlight that "the heart of our city is thriving." Barrett said he decided to deliver his yearly address at Harley-Davidson to emphasize how the company, working with other near west side institutions - Marquette University, MillerCoors, the Potawatomi Business Development Corporation and Aurora Health Care - is giving the rest of Milwaukee a session in neighborhood revitalization.  

"Make way for Marquette"
During his first address as Marquette University’s president, Michael Lovell announced plans to partner with the Milwaukee Bucks to build an athletic and research facility on 10 acres of recently acquired land just east of campus. Lovell also talked about expanding the Kohler Center for Entrepreneurship to foster more startup activity, opening a Marquette office in the Global Water Center in Walker’s Point, and forming a new neighborhood improvement initiative called Near West Side Partners, Inc.

"Building suspense: Milwaukee Business Journal names Real Estate Award winners"
Our anchor institution Potawatomi Business Development Corporation's current renovation of the Wgetthta Building at the Wgema Campus recently earned a Milwaukee Business Journal 2017 Real Estate Award. The Wgema Campus - formerly Concordia College, then the Concordia Trust Property - is rich in history and value to the City of Milwaukee and the historic neighborhood that surrounds it as it undergoes renovations.

"2017 Black Excellence Awards: Keith Stanley"
NWSP's Executive Director, Keith Stanley was recently honored at Milwaukee Times Weekly's 2017 Black Excellence Awards. Keith earned special recognition for his role in community leadership through Near West Side Partners and Avenues West Association.

"City on a Hill works with youth and families to transform Avenues West"
In addition to developing housing for low-income people, City on a Hill pursues its mission to alleviate the symptoms of poverty, break the cycle of generational poverty, and train and engage others in solutions to poverty through a growing number of programs, services and initiatives. 

Harley-Davidson invites all members of the Near West Side community to the monthly Neighborhood of Neighborhoods Community Meeting, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on the third Monday of each month, at the Harley-Davidson University Conference Center, Sixth Floor Auditorium. 

The next NeON meeting will be held Monday, March 20, 2017
Keep an eye out on the Near West Side social media pages for updates on the next month's agenda. Those interested in being added to the Neighborhood of Neighborhoods Community Meeting invite list should contact 
Near West Side Online