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August 18, 2015 NWSP Update 
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Keeping Up with Keith on the Near West Side

Friends of the Near West Side:
 
What an exciting few weeks we've had in the Near West Side!

First, the Milwaukee County Board passed the Economic Development Fund, which will bring much needed commercial development to our neighborhood. We also hosted a successful walk through our neighborhood with Mayor Barrett, and also revealed our new neighborhood logo. In addition, we unveiled the new Near West Side Waypoint at Harley-Davidson during the District 3 National Night Out celebration. Finally, we were on hand as our neighbors in Cold Spring Park broke ground on their community garden. It was heartwarming to see so many community members come out to all of these events, and a special thanks to all who made them a great success! These are just even more positive steps being taken to make the Near West Side and even better place to live, work and play. 

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 outreach@NearWestSidePartners.org for consideration. 

Keep it up,

Keith Stanley
Executive Director, Near West Side Partners, Inc.
Near West Side Neighborhood Logo Unveiled,
Website Launched 


Elected officials, community leaders, Near West Side residents and employees from several of Milwaukee's largest business, education and non-profit organizations gathered on Wednesday, July 29 as Near West Side Partners, Inc. (NWSP) revealed the logo for the Near West Side neighborhood. 

Keith Stanley, along with Mayor Tom Barrett, Council President Michael Murphy and Ald. Robert Bauman, revealed the neighborhood logo to a crowd of supporters of the NWSP efforts. As a "neighborhood of neighborhoods," the new Near West Side logo is designed to complement the logos and brands of the seven historic neighborhoods in the Near West Side - Avenues West, Cold Spring Park, Concordia, Martin Drive, Merrill Park, Miller Valley and the Valley/Piggsville. The logo was created by members of the NWSP Identity & Branding Working Team. 

Immediately following the unveiling, Mayor Barrett lead a tour of the Near West Side as part of his 100 Miles in 100 Days Walk initiative. Attendees also enjoyed lunch afterwards at Daddy's Soul Food & Grill, located at 754 N. 27th Street.  

The Near West Side logo unveiling corresponds with the debut of a new website for the neighborhood, www.nearwestsidemke.org. This new website will act as an information portal for existing neighborhood associations in the Near West Side, highlighting the assets and events happening throughout the neighborhood. 

Photos from the event can be found online
Targeted Investment Neighborhood (TIN) Information Session

The Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) will host an information session for groups and organizations who are interested in applying for Targeted Investment Neighborhood (TIN) designation in their neighborhood on Monday, September 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (location TBD). 

The TIN initiative is designed to sustain and increase owner-occupancy, provide high quality affordable rental housing, strengthen property values and improve the physical appearance and quality of life of the neighborhoods. TINs focus resources for three years on a small area, generally six to twelve city blocks. 

This meeting will highlight the application process to apply, group/organization responsibilities of having a TIN designation and the benefits of TIN designation. 

Groups or organizations located within a designated Community Development Block grant area can register by emailing CommunityOutreach@milwaukee.gov.  
Help Improve the Near West Side. Tell Us What You Think. 

Do you live in the Near West Side? If so, the Near West Side Partners and the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking wishes to gather information about how you feel about your neighborhood. 

Please consider taking ten minutes to complete an online survey. The survey includes questions about your experiences in the neighborhood and your perceptions of the quality of life in the area. 

By taking the survey, you will be entered into a raffle for gift cards to area businesses. 
 
          
 
NWSP Unveils
Near West Side Waypoint at Harley-Davidson

 
   
 
Near West Side Partners, Inc. invited the entire community to help celebrate the opening of the Milwaukee Police Department's new Near West Side Waypoint at Harley-Davidson on Tuesday, August 4. This event took place as part of the District 3 National Night Out celebration. 

Unveiling celebrations included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and comments by Keith Stanley, Tonit Calaway of Harley-Davidson, MPD District 3 Captain Jason Smith, Mayor Tom Barrett, Common Council President Michael Murphy, Alderman Bob Bauman and Alderman Russell Stamper. 

Tours of the new waypoint station were available for those interested in seeing the new community space. 

The Near West Side Waypoint at Harley-Davidson concept is a product of NWSP's asset mapping throughout the district, developing designated locations in the community where police, residents and community partners can come together. 

At the event, residents were also invited to take the NWSP resident survey, which will be used to gage the perceptions, needs and desires of residents in the Near West Side neighborhood. 

To read more about the Near West Side Waypoint at Harley-Davidson and to view additional photos from the ceremony, visit UrbanMilwaukee.com
Near West Side News

 "Rain garden to occupy lot in historic Cold Spring Park" 
  A vacant lot on McKinley Boulevard and 28th Street will become a park and community garden this fall thanks to three years of persistent effort by Joyce Seiser, president of the Cold Spring Park Neighborhood Association. The Milwaukee Metropolitan Swereage District is providing the initial funding for the garden, and the Department of Public Works (DPW) will fund the rest of its implementation through the city's Strong Neighborhoods Plan. Near West Side Partners (NWSP) facilitated the partnership between the Cold Spring Park Neighborhood Association and DPW. 

 "Treasures found in foreclosed Milwaukee homes"
 Amid the debris and dust at some of Milwaukee's doomed foreclosed properties, it's not unusual to find some materials worth savings - stained-glass windows, hardwood flooring, woodwork, light fixtures. Recognizing the value of such items and knowing there is a market for them, the City of Milwaukee and the nonprofit firm WasteCap Resource Solutions are working together to extract them from condemned properties and then sell the recycled products to the public. 

 "Construction work at Guest House shelter unearths dozens of graves
 Builders constructing an addition to the Guest House homeless shelter on the near north side have uncovered the remains of at least 44 people who anthropologists believe died in the mid-19th century. 

 "Events mark National Night Out in Milwaukee
 National Night Out begins Tuesday in Milwaukee, with one of the largest events taking place at the Harley-Davidson Headquarters. The festivities there will include the opening of the Milwaukee Police Department's new Near West Side Waypoint by Near West Side Partners, Inc. 

 "Aurora awards $3.4 million for sexual assault, domestic violence programs"
 Aurora Health Care announced that it is awarding a total of $3.4 million in grants through its Better Together Fund to 23 community organizations, colleges and universities throughout eastern Wisconsin. Near West Side Partners, Inc. will receive $499,998 to staff the PARC initiative, which will help address sexual assault violence in the Near West Side neighborhood. 

 "Change to City Campus redevelopment OK'd, move generates money for Near  West side effort"
A change of plans for Milwaukee County's City Campus property on North 27th Street will save a nine-story office building from the wrecking ball and send $800,000 to promote growth in nearby businesses through a partnership with the Near West Side Partners, Inc. to create an economic development fund for the area. 

 "Marquette University PD graduates 17 new police officers
 The newly-formed Marquette University Police Department swore in 17 new police officers in a graduation ceremony on campus Thursday, August 13. 
Cold Spring Park Historic Neighborhood, Inc. Breaks Ground on Community Garden and Gathering Green
 
The Cold Spring Park Historic Neighborhood, Inc. (CSPHNI), along with the City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works (DPW), local elected officials and Near West Side Partners, Inc. (NWSP) broke ground August 11 on the Cold Spring Park Community Garden and Gathering Green, located on the southeast corner of 28th Street and McKinley Boulevard. 

The oval walk and gathering green are reminiscent of the oval racetrack in the historic Cold Spring Park in the mid-1800s. The garden will also capture rainwater in permeable surfaces and rain gardens, including that diverted from down spouts. These additions to the now vacant lot meet Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) standards, enhancing the safety and security of the area.
 
The community garden will be created with funding from the City of Milwaukee, through the Strong Neighborhoods Program, as well as the support of Clean Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District (MMSD), and Near West Side Partners, Inc. (NWSP).

In addition to beautifying the neighborhood, the project will bring significant environmental benefits as well, attracting wildlife, birds and butterflies. It will also support cleaning rainwater through newly installed rain gardens that will capture rain from downspouts that will be disconnected and redirected to the garden.
 
Construction on the site will officially begin in September, and will be completed by Northern Exposure Landscaping, Inc.

For more information on the Cold Spring Park Garden and Gathering Green, visit www.facebook.com/CSPHNIGarden.
Save The Date
  

Wednesday, August 19: West End Landlord Compact Meeting
1:30 PM @ Our Savior's Lutheran Church, 3022 W Wisconsin Avenue

Wednesday, August 19: "Wednesdays at the Shell" 
6 - 8 PM @ Washington Park

Friday, August 21: Community Unity Day
2 - 6 PM @ Neighborhood House, 2819 W. Richardson

Wednesday, August 26: "Wednesdays at the Shell"
6 - 8 PM @ Washington Park

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