The Innovations and Wellness Commons (aka The Commons) is a community-driven, cooperatively funded multi-use commercial development on the corner of N. 16th and W. North Ave. in Milwaukee’s historic Lindsay Heights neighborhood. The Commons is revitalizing the commercial corridor of W. North Avenue, creating sustainable jobs, and increasing access to a variety of integrated services – healthy food, workforce training, educational and community programming, and health and wellness services – for local residents.
Development of The Commons was divided into two phases.
* Phase I was completed in October 2015 and is fully leased to four tenant-partners: The Juice Kitchen, Outpost Natural Foods, Fondy Food Center, and a commercial kitchen for the Milwaukee Center for Independence. They provide food-focused products and services, forming a healthy “food hub.”
Phase I, which won a 2016 Mayor’s Design Award, cost $2.9 million and is fully funded.
* Phase II is set up as a socio-economic cooperative model that will activate the spirit of entrepreneurship, civic engagement, and self-care (through educational and wellness programming) within Lindsay Heights. Tenant-partners include Walnut Way Conservation Corp., CORE/El Centro, Engineering for Kids, Inc., Milwaukee JobsWork, and local health and wellness practitioners. Phase II will also include a 2,000 sq. ft. rooftop convening space that will be open to tenant-partners and community groups for events up to 130 people.
Phase II will cost $4.2 million. Construction is scheduled to start in spring 2017 and be complete by late fall 2017.
The Phase II Capital Campaign
Nearly 70% ($2.9 million) of the $4.2 million has been raised in Walnut Way’s Phase II capital campaign. Only $1.1 million remains to close the funding gap for this community-driven catalytic commercial development. Won’t you help close this gap with a one-time gift or multi-year pledge?
Your contribution is a one-time only gift for development and construction costs. Coop membership fees and rents from small businesses, entrepreneurs, and wellness practitioners will cover long-term operational and maintenance expenses of The Commons.