The Innovations and Wellness Commons
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 leased to tenant-partners: Fondy Food Center Administrative Offices 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 and 2017 MANDI Award cost $2.9 million and is fully funded.
Many thanks to TMJ4’s Julia Fellow for visiting Walnut Way to learn about the Wellness Commons.
Many thanks to Barry Mainwood and Jeff Enders of Mainly Editing, Inc. for creating this amazing video!
The Phase II Capital Campaign
Phase II will cost $3.3 million. Construction began in 2019.
Thank you to these individuals and foundations who have already contributed to the Phase II Capital Campaign
DeAndre Levy • Linda and John Meurer • Jim and Marie Seder • Lynde Uihlein
Raymond and Christine Seaver • The William G. and Christie A. Krugler Fund
Actuant Community Outreach Fund • Wisconsin Preservation Fund
Outpost Natural Foods • MSOE • Milwaukee Bucks • Fix Development
Foster Development • Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren S.C. • von Briesen and Roper S.C.
Adams Garden Park • Bottlewood Communications • Digicopy • Digital Edge
Interior Systems • Michael Lucchesi
And many others from Lindsay Heights and Greater Milwaukee community.
Walnut Way to begin work on second phase of Innovations and Wellness Commons
BizTimes, November 22, 2019
Pop Up MKE’s Third Round Features Herbals, “Hustlin” T-shirts
OnMilwaukee, September 8, 2018
Walnut Way Campaign Seeks $4.2 Million
Urban Milwaukee, November 15, 2016
Learning center to replace Outpost North Ave. store
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 4, 2016
Walnut Way Mission Moves Forward Under New Director
Neighborhood News Service, July 26, 2016
Walnut Way Securing Funding for Phase Two of The Commons Project
BizTimes, May 27, 2016
Walnut Way Plans Education Wellness Building
Milwaukee Business Journal, May 25, 2016
Walnut Way Provides Weekly Health and Wellness Classes and Programs
Fox6 News, June 7, 2016
“Helping things grow:” Food hub on Milwaukee’s North Ave. dedicate to healthier community
Fox6 News, October 30, 2015
Land and Space: Innovation and Wellness Commons
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 16, 2016