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Zimmerman plans to purchase Milwaukee Gas Light Company property

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Zimmerman Architectural Studios plans to purchase their building and the rest of the former Milwaukee Gas Light Company property, also home to City Lights Brewing Company and Four Seasons Skate Park of Milwaukee. Zimmerman has long been a great partner in the Valley and we look forward to welcoming them as property owners!

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New Sculptures Honor Milwaukee Road Railway Workers

New Sculptures Honor Milwaukee Road Railway Workers

A series of metal sculptures taking shape in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley honors the men and women who worked at a now-lost transportation giant. The "People of the Road” monument is a tribute to the thousands who labored for a passenger and freight-rail service best known as the Milwaukee Road.

Rain Barrel Murals

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In 2018, local Artists Jenny Anderson and Audrey Moore lead community art programming with the Young Scientists Club at the Urban Ecology Center in the Menomonee River Valley. Together they would walk the trails in Three Bridges Park, identify native plants and animals, and create art inspired by nature. The Young Scientists, ages 5-12, had the opportunity to create sun prints using plants and photosensitive paper, make their own ink and chalk from natural pigments, and reimagine insects and animals. The students artwork was scanned and digitally collaged to create the designs on the rain barrels.

These 1,100 gallon rain barrels were the first in the city to capture rainwater from a bridge, diverting unfiltered stormwater from the city’s combined sewer system. The rain barrels collect water for the new plantings in the park. When the plants mature, they naturally filter stormwater and require little watering which ultimately avoids wasting potable water through traditional watering systems. This is a successful demonstration project for green infrastructure, but the rain barrels went unnoticed until their art makeover.

This art project provided an educational opportunity for youth to learn about the history of the rain barrels and their ecological impact, while also contributing to long-lasting, visible art in the Menomonee Valley Community Park. The art draws attention to the rain barrels and reminds the community of this local effort to protect our rivers and Lake Michigan. A sign will be installed on the Hank Aaron State Trail nearby so trail users can learn about the environmental impact.

“The arts are an incredible way to build community,” said John Kowalczyk, Artists Working in Education. “We hope that through this project, we inspire residents from all over the city to explore the Menomonee River Valley and celebrate the beauty of nature right here in our neighborhood. It was wonderful to see the young scientists’ curiosity peak when creating art using natural materials and scientific processes”

The art programming was a partnership between Artists Working in Education and Menomonee Valley Partners. It was funded by the City of Milwaukee Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) and We Energies Foundation.

The rain barrel demonstration project were made possible by a partnership between: City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works, Fund for Lake Michigan, Marek Landscaping, Menomonee Valley Partners, Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD), and The Sigma Group.

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A New Art Gallery Opens in the Valley

Owners of Guardian Fine Arts Services, Jan Serr and John Shannon, have opened a private museum to showcase their private selection in a unique space. The Warehouse is a 4,000 square foot gallery displaying curated exhibits of the thousands of artworks Shannon and his wife, Serr, have collected over the years.

“We see The Warehouse as a new arts hub for Milwaukee and Wisconsin,” Shannon said. “We look forward to hosting shows from our collection and of works of significant artists, as well as hold events that will benefit the arts community and arts lovers.”

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The Warehouse is free to view and open by appointment. The inaugural exihibit, “Concentrations,” features 70 artworks ranging from monotypes to photographs to contemporary craft from 53 artists, including Jim Dine, Mary Frank, David Hockney, Alex Katz, Tsukioka Kogyo, Henri Matisse, Keith Haring, Sally Mann, and Robert Henri. The exhibit runs through Feb. 8, 2019.

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2018 Valley Week showcases why Valley is a great place to visit and a great place to work

The 2018 Valley Week invited people to explore and experience Milwaukee's Menomonee River Valley at 11 events in just one week. From a beer run, happy hour river, job fair, and so much more, Valley Week showcases the Valley as a great place to visit and a great place to work!

From September 22 to 29, 2018, Menomonee Valley Partners and Valley businesses hosted experiences and events to invite the community to explore and discover the Valley.

Valley Week attracted nature lovers, history enthusiasts, job seekers, and those looking for a unique experience to discover the Valley. More than 700 people attended events, more than 1,050 participated in a Valley Week special promotion, and tens of thousands were reached through promotions and PR.

Read more about the events and turnout here.

Menomonee Valley Partners reveals a revitalized brand for the revitalized Menomonee River Valley

The Valley has changed a lot since 1999…

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…and now our look has too!

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For almost 20 years, MVP and friends of the Valley have helped to transform the Menomonee River Valley from Wisconsin’s most visible eyesore to a national model in economic development and environmental sustainability. Together, we have created a great place for businesses, attracted family-supporting jobs, and provided opportunities to enjoy Valley attractions, green spaces, and trails.

Since the Menomonee River Valley has changed so much in the past 19 years, we decided it was time to change our look, too. We are excited to share a new logo and website for Menomonee Valley Partners and the Valley! 

“ I have had the privilege of seeing first-hand the tremendous improvements the Valley has undergone in recent years,”  said Bill Davidson, Vice President of the Harley-Davidson Museum and Menomonee Valley Partners board member. “ This new brand captures the dedication and hard work that has made the Valley a destination for companies, families and tourists alike.”

A New Look

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The new logo conveys where the Valley is today. The bright colors represent the vibrancy of the Valley with its thriving businesses, destinations, parks and trails. The image is also symbolic of the Valley’s role in bridging Milwaukee’s rich history to its dynamic future, bridging the city to nature, and bridging neighbors to each other. 

 

A New Home Online

The new website, TheValleyMKE.org, celebrates the Valley’s entertainment and recreation destinations as well as the diversity of companies and job opportunities in the Menomonee River Valley . Visitors can explore all that’s happening at TheValleyMKE.org .

The new website features:

Upcoming events and the Valley's place in history...

 

Destinations to eat, drink, play, and tour...

 

Direct links to job opportunities, volunteer opportunities, and business resources...

 

All about Menomonee Valley Partners, Business Improvement District #26, and the projects and initiatives underway to fulfill the Valley's full potential...

 

The Menomonee River Valley is a vibrant location — a great place to work and a great place to visit . Our new look reflects that—even as we continue to work to make the Valley an even more vibrant and productive place. 

 

Update Our Email Addresses

Our emails have updated with our new look, please update your records.

Catrina Crane, Catrina@TheValleyMKE.org

Ben Hoekstra, Ben@TheValleyMKE.org

Michelle Kramer, Michelle@TheValleyMKE.org

Corey Zetts, Corey@TheValleyMKE.org

Menomonee Valley Partners is a nonprofit organization formed in 1999 with a mission to revitalize and sustain the Menomonee River Valley as a thriving urban district that advances economical, ecological, and social equity for the benefit of the greater Milwaukee community. Since then, 51 companies have moved to or expanded in the Valley, more than 5,200 jobs have been created, 60 acres of parks and trails have been established, and 10 million people visit the Valley’s recreation and entertainment destinations each year.

Last two parcels sold in the Menomonee Valley Industrial Center

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The last two parcels at the city-owned Menomonee Valley Industrial Center in Milwaukee are being sold — filling the business park 15 years after its development efforts began. 

Before - Vacant Milwaukee Road Shops

Before - Vacant Milwaukee Road Shops

Present Day - Nationally recognized sustainable business park

Present Day - Nationally recognized sustainable business park

Splat!dpi is currently located on Emmber Lane and will expand in a 2 acre parcel in the Menomonee Valley Industrial Center. Splat is a specialty commercial printer. 

Tom Mulhaney, of Badger Railing, has been in the Menomonee Valley since 1988, so he’s seen the valley change over the years. His old office used to look over what is now the Marquette playing fields. And in the morning, he would sometimes see cows wandering through and grazing, having escaped from the stockyards at a nearby slaughterhouse. The company moved to the Menomonee Valley Industrial Center in 2007.

Menomonee Valley Partners is thrilled that these two great Valley companies have chosen to grow in place in the Valley. 

Eleven businesses operate in the 60-acre industrial center with more than 1,400 employees.

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Politico Magazine: How Milwaukee Shook Off the Rust

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Check out the article on POLITICO Magazine and the accompanying photo essay.

While many cities have sought to repurpose their old industrial zones into hip condos, restaurants or commercial lofts for tech companies—or simply knock them down—Milwaukee has invested in resurrecting its own, with intense planning, new infrastructure and exacting design standards. In the process, a coalition of public officials, community activists and manufacturers have created a model for the 21st century industrial park, where manufacturing, recreation and environmentally-friendly engineered landscapes coexist. Milwaukee is at work applying the lessons learned in the Menomonee Valley to the nearby port district and in the 30th Street industrial corridor several miles to the north.

Searching for Greener Grass in Milwaukee (Politico Magazine)

“Nothing illustrates the revitalization of Milwaukee like Three Bridges Park.” This photo essay accompanying the above Politico article includes striking images of the park and the Urban Ecology Center’s environmental education programs.

Fine furniture showroom moving to St. Paul Ave

Bachman Furniture to open in the W. St. Paul Avenue Design and Décor Showroom District

     
     

    Bachman Furniture Gallery, a 98 year old, third-generation, family-owned furniture and design showroom, will showcase their unique, European designs in a 100-year-old beautifully restored historic building at 1741 West St. Paul Avenue. Bachman’s purchased the 60,000 square foot building from LCM Funds Real Estate, which plans to recruit a complementary business in the adjacent building.

    “Our business is design. I have never really felt like we are a big box type of furniture store,” said Joe Bachman, president and owner of Bachman Furniture. Bachman sees his furniture store as a place for "different and unique furniture you just can't get anywhere else." The move to a showroom in the new St. Paul Avenue Design District better reflects Bachman's vision for the business.

    The new location will still contain the bold European designs customers are looking for, but in a more convenient location along I-94. Bachman's new location has easy freeway access and a convenient free parking lot, and is only 10 minutes away from their current location. Bachman states this new location will allow them to more conveniently serve their ever-increasing customer base, with a much larger complimentary custom design center and expanded shop-at-home services.

    Bachman Furniture joins BBC Lighting, Brass Light Gallery, Guardian Fine Art Services, House of Stone, ProStar Surfaces, and Riverview Antiques, all established design and décor destinations on St. Paul Avenue. Bachman’s building is one of 22 buildings part of the St. Paul Avenue Industrial Historic District, listed on both the State and National Register of Historic Places. 

    “Bachman’s move to St. Paul Avenue firmly establishes the district as a design destination in our region for lighting, countertops, flooring, antiques, and now fine furniture,” said Corey Zetts, Executive Director of Menomonee Valley Partners.

    Bachman’s expects renovations to be completed by late 2018.

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    Food Truck Wednesdays run through October

    Food Truck Wednesdays are back this summer twice a month 11:30am-1pm.

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    Food trucks are returning to the Menomonee Valley Community Park near Charter Wire from 11:30am to 1pm on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month from May to October. The food trucks expected each day will be posted the day before right here and on the Facebook event. Hope to see you there! 

    Featured Food Trucks on Wednesday, May 23 include:

    • Denson's Catering - southern-inspired entrees including catfish po'boys, fried green tomatoes, Italian beef, and their signature burgers. 
    • Meat on the Street - Filipino inspired egg rolls, meat skewers, and rice bowls

     Save this summer's dates:

    • May 9 & 23
    • June 13 & 27
    • July 11 & 25
    • August 8 & 22
    • September 12 & 26
    • October 10 & 24

    Menomonee Valley's story unfolds in the 2017 annual report

    The Valley's story would not be possible without the many partners, funders, and volunteers for your critical role in writing the Valley's story.

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    As the Menomonee Valley’s story unfolds, it becomes intertwined with so many others: businesses looking for a home, residents looking for family-supporting career opportunities, and people making memories at Valley destinations and its many green spaces and trails.

    Seven new businesses called the Valley home in 2017, Potawatomi Hotel & Casino announced an $80 million expansion, more than 200 students were introduced to promising careers close to their schools and homes, and more than 600 people explored during the first ever Valley Week.

    As businesses open their doors here and people secure family-sustaining jobs, the Valley becomes part of their stories. Those same people help to write the Valley’s story by caring for the Valley’s parks and trails and helping the broader community and visitors discover all the Valley has to offer.

    The Menomonee Valley’s rebirth and revitalization is a story that continues to unfold, a story that simply wouldn’t be possible without the many partners, funders, and volunteers for your critical role in writing the Valley’s story and subsequently touching the stories of all those who interact with it.

    This year’s annual report is organized by the Valley’s strategic priorities to demonstrate the progress toward each. We look forward to seeing where the next chapter takes us!

    Take a look at the 2017 Annual Report: The Story Unfolds and let us know what you think by emailing Info@RenewTheValley.org. We're also happy to send you a hard copy.

    Vision unveiled for 40 acres of land in the Menomonee Valley

    Design charette concepts revealed for six key sites

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    Menomonee Valley Partners, the City of Milwaukee, and UWM’s School of Architecture and Urban Planning’s Community Design Solutions revealed a vision to transform more than 40 acres of land remaining in the heart of the Menomonee Valley during an event today at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino. Design concepts are the culmination of the Menomonee Valley Design Charette and lay out a vision for sustainable development on five vacant or underutilized riverfront sites as well as streetscaping for the St. Paul Avenue corridor. Concepts highlight potential for the next phase of Menomonee Valley revitalization, including new businesses, an extension of the RiverWalk along the Menomonee River, and physical connections to adjacent neighborhoods.

    “The two most important factors in the transformation of the Menomonee Valley have been vision and collaboration. That is why I have been enthusiastic about the forward-looking design work that so many stakeholders have contributed to,” said Mayor Barrett.

    The Menomonee Valley Design Charette, held January 31, 2018, was a full day public planning session with six local architecture firms matched to each of the sites. Using the Valley 2.0 Plan, extensive research, and focus group discussions, the firms created innovative design concepts for high-quality, sustainable, job creating development.

    “These designs show the next generation of development in the Menomonee Valley, development that will bring jobs, activate the Menomonee River, and restore the environment,” said Rocky Marcoux, Commissioner of the Milwaukee Department of City Development. “What the Menomonee Valley has become, given its history, is nothing short of extraordinary. However, these design concepts suggest that the best days of the Valley are still ahead of it.”

    “With the Menomonee Valley Industrial Center as our precedent, we believe the development of these sites could generate up to 800 jobs as well as transform the Menomonee River into a new front door to the Valley,” said Corey Zetts, Executive Director of Menomonee Valley Partners. “The firms who worked on the charette succeeded in demonstrating the potential of strong design to connect people to jobs, to nature, and to each other.”

    Valley revitalization wins MANDI Award

    The Valley was one of two finalists for the Chase Economic Development Award, a new category this year. The Milwaukee Awards for Neighborhood Development Innovation (MANDIs), presented by LISC Milwaukee and U.S. Bank, celebrate the “good news” of successful efforts to revitalize neighborhoods and strengthen the community.

    From public nominations, a volunteer Selection Committee named 12 finalists in December, and winners were announced March 15 to an audience of 780 community leaders at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

    Surrounded by 11 other inspiring projects and people, the Menomonee Valley was the first recipient of a new award, the Chase Economic Development Award, which recognizes outstanding projects that drive economic growth at the neighborhood level. 

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    Once an eyesore, the Valley has been transformed, becoming a national model in economic development and environmental sustainability.

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    The Valley’s revitalization over the last 18 years – 300 acres of revitalized brownfields, 47 new businesses, 5,000+ family-supporting jobs, 60 acres of parks and trails, 1 million square feet of sustainable development – is the result of so many in the community who have worked together to support this transformation – thank you for your role! 

    View a video produced by LISC for the awards:

    Congratulations to all the finalists, all of whom are doing important work in our community! It is inspiring to see people and organizations working to make the Milwaukee we all envision it to be. 

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    St. Paul Ave listed on National Register of Historic Places

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    The West St. Paul Avenue Industrial Historic District, in Milwaukee’s Menomonee Valley, is now listed on both the State Register of Historic Places and the National Register of Historic Places. This district consists of 22 industrial buildings along 10 blocks between 11th and 21st streets. Each of the contributing properties is now eligible for historic tax credits for up to 40% of the building's renovation costs (20% at the state level and 20% at the federal level), which help offset costs associated with restoring historic buildings. 

    The West St. Paul Avenue Industrial Historic District represents a period of industrial growth and prominence of the Menomonee Valley from the 1880s to the 1950s. The district was built by booming manufacturing businesses that produced a wide range of products, including tin ware, wood products, heating supplies, and electronic controls. Some well-known manufacturers who built their legacy on the street include Cutler-Hammer, National Enamel and Stamping Company (NESCO), and Geuder, Paeschke & Frey. The district will now be recommended for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, which is expected by the end of January. 

    Menomonee Valley Partners, a nonprofit organization working to revitalize the Menomonee Valley, coordinated the district’s nomination to encourage investment along the street. The West St. Paul Avenue corridor was highlighted for its catalytic potential in the Valley 2.0 Plan, a strategic plan for the continued revitalization of the Valley, adopted by the City of Milwaukee in 2015.

    “The historic district listing is an exciting part of building St. Paul Avenue’s identity and positioning the corridor for further redevelopment,” said Corey Zetts, Executive Director of Menomonee Valley Partners. In the last 15 months, four new businesses have moved to the street’s historic industrial buildings and three buildings are currently being restored, soon to become home to three additional businesses. 

    Read more on recent St. Paul Ave development projects

    Read more on the St. Paul Ave Design Showroom District and see which properties are available.

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