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 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.
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
And many others from Lindsay Heights and Greater Milwaukee community.
Maanaan Sabir, Co-owner of The Juice Kitchen at The Commons serves up fresh vegetable and fruit juices daily.
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