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West Allis Urban Design & Re/Development
West Allis has a long development history and has nearly reached full build-out. To tailor plans toward these characteristics, GRAEF planners created a series of urban design and redevelopment concepts, including a concept and strategy for the commercial area known as Six Points. The Six Points visioning in 2008 led to GRAEF’s work with the City on the comprehensive plan update (and related development) in 2011, now being complemented by GRAEF’s 2015 work along National Avenue.
Home to a regional farmers’ market and residences with skyline views, Six Points and its success are rooted in the vision behind the original plan. The redevelopment plan recommended the use of specific commercial “anchors,” including a grocery and an improved farmers’ market site. In addition to identifying areas for housing, open space, and landmarks, the plan demonstrated how street changes and a linked parking and circulation system would allow easy access into commercial areas.
A major redevelopment concept created by GRAEF planners through the comprehensive plan update is an urban design concept for the “Milwaukee Mile” — a large tract of land near I-94 under the jurisdiction of the Wisconsin State Fair. The land sits atop an underground section of Honey Creek. GRAEF’s concept outlines how the City can redevelop the property, incrementally over several decades, as an environmentally-friendly destination center. The redevelopment would benefit State Fair, the immediate neighborhoods, the abutting historic main street, and the overall community.
A major redevelopment concept that has been implemented is the Greenfield Avenue concept – the community’s main street. GRAEF planners first conducted a blight study that depicted lot layout, deterioration, open space, and other relevant characteristics. Resulting physical improvements helped optimize economic conditions.
GRAEF and the City’s efforts along National Avenue will not only set the intended streetscape and physical space adjacent the right-of-way, but also provide specific guidance for two segments of the right-of-way where reconstruction will occur in the next 3 years. The corridor plan covers elements ranging from site-specific economic interventions to future on-street parking locations.