December 9, 2016 | NWSP Update 

 Friends of the Near West Side: 

As the holiday season is upon us, we can't help but get into the holiday spirit. We can thank our friends over at the MillerCoors Lites Show for kicking the season off right! 

We're keeping busy over here in our neighborhood of neighborhoods, so be sure to check out what we've been up to and what's in store for the new year. We recently celebrated our second year as Near West Side Partners, and we can't thank you - our anchors, partners, residents and friends - enough for all your help in contributing to the many wins along this incredible journey. 

Please continue to check out our newsletters, social media pages and blog for more opportunities to get involved in our neighborhood. As always, if you wish to share news from your organization, or would like to see something featured in the e-newsletter, please send us a note at 

Wishing a safe and wonderful holiday season to all of our friends and neighbors of the Near West Side!

Keep it up,

Keith Stanley
Executive Director, Near West Side Partners, Inc.


MillerCoors Holiday Lites
Thursday, December 15 | 5 - 8 p.m.
Miller Valley | 4251 W. State St. (Visitor Center, Stables, Outdoor Light Show)

Join us for a special edition of Holiday Lites on Thursday, Dec. 15, in the Miller Valley, open exclusively to Near West Side residents and other stakeholders.

If you are planning to attend this family-friendly event, we ask that you take a couple minutes and register here. Please register all those attending in your group.


Over the past year, the Near West Side Partners awarded 35 properties the Good Neighbor Designation.

The Good Neighbor Designation recognizes properties on Milwaukee's Near West Side whose owners and managers are doing excellent work within their community, and making the Near West Side a great place to live. The objective assessment criteria, which were created collaboratively by property owners/managers, residents, and city officials, represent a standard that is above-and-beyond the minimum requirements of state and local law. It includes items related to safety, security, and aesthetic quality. Learn more about our Good Neighbor designated properties here.


The Marquette University Police Department is hiring a Safety Services Officer. This position will provide security services to an assigned Residence Hall, ensure compliance with rules and regulations, respond to hall emergencies, patrol from fixed post and report any unusual or suspicious circumstances or activity. Those interested in applying for this position should visit the Marquette employment website.
In 2017, the African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin would like to provide business development workshops focused around the demands of Milwaukee business communities.

Take a few moments to provide the Chamber with your feedback to ensure the programs meet your needs by completing the survey available here.
Want to help Near West Side Partners, just by shopping online? Participate in AmazonSmile — a simple and automatic way for you to support Near West Side Partners every time you shop, at no cost to you! 

Just visit and select Near West Side Partners - and all of your purchases will provide a donation to support our work at no cost to you
The Near West Side has been a year-long inspiration for Chicago-based performance and video artist Kirsten Leenaars. Now through December 23, you can view the results of her work — a three-channel video installation entitled (Re)Housing the American Dream — on display at the Haggerty Museum of Art on Marquette University's campus. The piece is part of her collection participatory works of art that explore a quintessential American ideal: the pursuit of happiness. More information about the exhibit and an online photo gallery are available here.
Are you interested in receiving free home repairs? NWSP and Miller Valley residents have an opportunity to apply for the 2017 Block Build by Revitalize Milwaukee - meaning hundreds of volunteers and major financial investments for the neighborhood. Block Build takes place May 2017 the deadline for your application is December 19. For more information call Darrian Davis at (414) 933-0640 and visit

Holiday Lights Contest
Monday, Dec. 19 - Wednesday, Dec. 21
Take a stroll through the Historic Concordia neighborhood to see residents and businesses decorated and lit for the holidays. Live in the neighborhood? Get in on the action and participate in the neighborhood competition for the first, second and third place prizes. The contest runs from 6 - 8 PM, Monday, December 19 through Wednesday, December 21. Contestants must be within the boundaries of the Historic Concordia Neighborhood (27th St. to 35th St. and Wisconsin Ave. to Highland Blvd.)
Neighborhood Holiday Caroling
Friday, Dec. 23 | 7 p.m. | Greater Utopian Church
Join the Historic Concordia Neighborhood caroling group on Friday, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. at the Greater Utopian Church (2925 W. State St.) to share some holiday cheer. The group will go door to door, singing to Concordia neighbors. At the end of the evening, carolers will meet for fellowship at the Greater Utopian Church. Attendees are asked to bring a favorite Christmas dessert or appetizer to share.

Happy Holidays From City Real Estate

The Department of City Development's goal is to help even more residents achieve homeownership in the city of Milwaukee in 2017. And they're on track to meet their goal of selling 450 homes in 2016! Meeting this goal is an important milestone that brings millions of dollars in taxes back to the city.

To get started on your path to homeownership, attend a homebuyer workshop. If becoming an investor in on your list, DNS offers FREE Landlord Training. There's also a special $1 lot offer to build your new home in the city, plus a $10,000 forgivable loan!

To help improve our growing city, please fill out one or more of the surveys listed below. It's important to contribute your voice and we want to hear from all Milwaukeeans on what will make our city an even greater place to live. Let's continue to work together to build stronger neighborhoods.

For all residents, Milwaukee Water Works reminds us to prevent frozen water pipes and water meters this time of year. It's time now to make sure your pipes are exposed to warm air. If emergency or essential repairs are needed to your current home read more about the partially forgivable STRONG Homes Loan Program.

Check out more updates - including current homeownership opportunities for residents - here

Stay warm and enjoy a happy and healthy holiday season.


The City of Milwaukee is experiencing once-in-a-generation development in our downtown, which has created tremendous new opportunities for our city. Milwaukeeans have an opportunity to leverage these investments to ensure that all members of our community share in the prosperity and economic growth.

To take advantage of this opportunity, a diverse team of community leaders has united in an unprecedented effort to collectively create a shared vision for Downtown Milwaukee and its adjacent neighborhoods, a vision that will guide us toward an inclusive and vibrant Greater Downtown. This 12-month comprehensive planning process, known as The MKE United Greater Downtown Action Agenda (MKE United), will result in actionable steps to make our shared vision a reality. Please take a few moments to complete the online survey and provide feedback about MKE United's work to date.

"Camels And Minarets In Milwaukee: What's The Story Behind That Tripoli Shrine?"
Nestled between Miller Brewery and Harley Davidson on the west and Marquette University on the east, Milwaukee's near west side neighborhood is dotted with mansions and other historic spots from the 1800s and 1900s. But even in a sea of stately structures, one building really does look different from the rest.

"A diamond in the rough: Manderley Bed and Breakfast"
If you venture west of Downtown on Wells Street past the Marquette University campus, you'll find yourself beneath the shade of towering trees in one of the most historic neighborhoods in Milwaukee. The Concordia district is often considered a "transitional" neighborhood, but you are missing out if you don't slow down, pull into the off-street parking and take in the beauty of the Manderley Bed & Breakfast.

Harley-Davidson invites all members of the Near West Side community to the monthly Neighborhood of Neighborhoods Community Meeting, from 6:30 to 8 PM on the third Monday of each month, at the Harley-Davidson University Conference Center, Sixth Floor Auditorium. 
The NeON Meeting for December is canceled!
Please join us for the Holiday Lites at MillerCoors!

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