September 29, 2023

Downtown draft plan envisions housing, recreation areas for present Public Museum constructing website, MacArthur Sq.

A draft plan for the Connec+ing MKE Downtown Plan 2040 re-envisions MacArthur Sq. and the location at alongside Wells Road the place the outgoing Milwaukee Public Museum now sits. (Rendering courtesy of TKWA)

Following a sequence of sneak peaks, Milwaukee’s Division of Metropolis Growth launched the complete draft of its 2040 downtown plan.

The plan builds on ongoing efforts to make town extra pedestrian pleasant, whereas additionally envisioning improved variations of in style gathering areas within the metropolis like Cathedral Sq. and Purple Arrow Park. It additionally contains daring concepts for the north aspect of the 800 block of Wells Road the place the Milwaukee Public Museum now sits, and for reconnecting the seldom-used, park-on-top-of-a-parking-ramp often called MacArthur Sq..

Renderings for the re-imagined MacArthur Sq. present new soccer and basketball courts, and new seating, the place now solely huge, little-used greenspace exists. The plan additionally contains high-rise buildings alongside Wells Road on the location the place the museum is presently positioned. The draft plan recommends redeveloping the location, which might be up for grabs as quickly because the museum has settled into its new dwelling within the Haymarket neighborhood, anticipated to happen in late 2026, with a “high-density mixed-use improvement” that features “mixed-income housing and neighborhood supporting business makes use of on the bottom flooring.”

The plan additionally recommends extending the road grid north of West Wells Road and west of North Sixth Road and offering ADA compliant pedestrian entry close to the terminus of Kilbourn Avenue between James Lovell and sixth Road.

It additionally asks aldermen to think about creating “a high-quality public area to bridge the Sixth and Kilbourn ramps” in an effort to transition the extra frequented areas of the neighborhood as much as MacArthur Sq..

Moreover, the plan discusses extending the streetcar to Westown, Bronzeville, Walker’s Level, and the East Facet; making 6th Road a “full avenue;” enhancing the Water Road Leisure District; potential makes use of for the Marcus Performing Arts Heart parking storage website; re-imagining the I-794 & Clybourn Road Hall; and making the world round Metropolis Corridor a extra activated, pedestrian-friendly area.

A closing public assembly and open home on the plan has been set for Thursday, Could 11, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. on the third St Market Corridor inside The Avenue, 275 W. Wisconsin Ave.

These thinking about reviewing your complete draft plan might accomplish that at Dialogue is inspired at, the place customers can proceed to take part within the digital open home and supply suggestions till Could 22.

The plan might be offered to the Metropolis Plan Fee and the Milwaukee Widespread Council for adoption as a part of the Metropolis’s Complete Plan this summer season.