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, social enterprise businesses, and health and wellness services – for local residents.

A Resilence Hub

Our purposeful design and intentional investment back into the North Avenue Corridor is a response to decades of economic disinvestment and systematic racism in the Lindsay Heights neighborhood. We build from a strengths-based vantage point that creates a social, environmental and economic impact. 

The Commons tenant-partnerships are intentional and create a resiliency hub for the community. It is home to entrepreneurs of color that are strengthening their businesses; community organizations that serve the needs of the community; and workforce and development training sites that strengthen employment opportunities for residents.

Designed with Purpose

The Commons combines old building restoration and a new build at a historically relevant site. The results of the merging of these old and new buildings created a high quality building that reflects the history and modern movements of its tenants. A “Green” Rooftop Terrace, installed by Walnut Way’s Blue Skies Landscaping and Conference Room spaces for programming overlook the North Avenue Corridor.

Meet the Tenants

Conservation and Sustainability

  • Solar panel installations (with backup battery power coming soon)
  • Energy efficient and operable windows
  • Building windows and orientation to capture maximum daylight
  • Environmentally friendly paint
  • LEED compliant lights
  • High efficiency heating/ventilation/air conditioning (HVAC) system

Developed, Built and Managed by People of Color

    1. JCP
    2. Emem Group
    3. Walnut Way Blue Skies Landscaping – Green Infrastructure
    4. Security team

Tenant Partnerships Serve Community Needs

    1. Taste of Lindsay Heights
    2. Designaway Apparel Printing 
    3. MSOE
    4. UNCOM
    5. Milwaukee AHEC
    6. Bridgett Wilder
    7. Marrika Rodgers
    8. Benedict Center Sister’s Program

Our Vision for The Wellness Commons

Director Antonio Butts, meets with Julia Fellow, TMJ4 as we embarked on this major phase of the development project.

Many thanks to TMJ4’s Julia Fellow for visiting Walnut Way to learn about the Wellness Commons.

Thank you to these individuals and foundations who have already contributed the Wellness Commons

Bradley foundation
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Brookby Fdn logo
Actuant Community Outreach Fund  •  Anonymous Donations  •  Arzbaecher Family Foundation •  Astor Street Foundation •  Bader Philanthropies •  Brewers Community Foundation  •  Brookby Foundation  •  Bruce Block  •  Dennis Kuester   •  Greater Milwaukee Foundation  •  Heil Family Foundation  •  Herb Kohl Philanthropies  •  Jay Scott  •  Jim and Marie Seder  •  John Frey  •  Linda and John Meurer  •  Lynde Uihlein  •  Outpost Natural Foods  •  Raymond and Christine Seaver  •  Robert Hudson  •  The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation  •  The William G. and Christie A. Krugler Fund  •  Wisconsin Preservation Fund  •  Zilber Family Foundation  •  Baraboo Growth • 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.
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Learn More About The Commons

To learn more about The Commons email or call 414-264-2326.