ON-Lion Letter
In May, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett honored phase one of the Walnut Way Conservation Corporation's Innovation and Wellness Commons with a Mayor's Design Award at a ceremony held at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Architecture and Urban Planning

The Mayor's Design Awards are presented as part of an ongoing effort to recognize design excellence throughout the City of Milwaukee.  The recipients are honored for the ways in which they have added value to their neighborhoods by restoring, constructing, or enhancing their properties in a way that respects the urban fabric and contributes to the character of their surroundings.  In addition to Walnut Way, this year's winners included the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Sojourner Family Peace Center, Moody Park, and the Yellow Chair Project, among others.

The Innovation and Wellness Commons traces its origins to the Lindsay Heights Quality of Life Plan, a community-planning process focused on improving the neighborhood's social, economic, and physical conditions.  The Commons is a catalytic development project designed to reinvigorate a significant block on 16th Street and North Avenue by creating jobs, expanding education options, and providing health and wellness services within walking distance for local residents.

The first phase of the project celebrated its grand opening in October 2015.  It includes a commercial kitchen managed by the Milwaukee Center for Independence; a neighborhood business, The Juice Kitchen; the administrative offices of the Fondy Food Center; and a local, member-owned cooperative grocery store, Outpost Natural Foods. Phase two of the project will continue to transform the historic Lindsay Heights neighborhood through physical beautification, environmental stewardship, economic growth, and community engagement.  Future tenants will include a charter school, programs for disabled children, and a workforce-development training organization.  

The Walnut Way Conservation Corporation is a neighborhood organization committed to sustaining an economically diverse community, while challenging the cycle of poverty by engaging, educating, and employing residents to take leadership roles in revitalizing their neighborhood.  This approach is based on the belief that real, sustainable change happens when individuals are empowered to make healthy choices and when traditional local institutions -- families, churches, and schools -- are strong.  

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports the Walnut Way Conservation Corporation.

Actions: E-mail | Permalink |