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.
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
- Emem Group
- Walnut Way Blue Skies Landscaping – Green Infrastructure
- Security team
Tenant Partnerships Serve Community Needs
- Taste of Lindsay Heights
- Designaway Apparel Printing
- Milwaukee AHEC
- Bridgett Wilder
- Marrika Rodgers
- 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.