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Six area architectural firms each considered a site and drew on research and focus groups to hatch innovative concepts for the underutilized sites.

LOOK: Menomonee Valley's Zetts shares vision for future development

Last week, Menomonee Valley Partners, the City of Milwaukee and UWM's School of Architecture and Urban Planning's Community Design Solutions unveiled the results of a charette that considered potential uses for more than 40 acres of land in the Valley.

Six area architectural firms each considered a site and drew on research and focus groups to hatch innovative concepts for the underutilized sites, including some right on the edge of Downtown, as part of the Menomonee Valley 2.0 Plan.

You can read more in-depth discussions of the six sites here.

But we decided to go take a look for ourselves, along with Corey Zetts, who is executive director of Menomonee Valley Partners, at a trio of (semi-)adjacent sites near the east end of the Valley.

Those sites are:

  • The so-called Kneeland Properties (pictured above, courtesy of HGA) – almost 10 acres, and examined by HGA – and directly across the Menomonee River
  • The St. Mary's Cement land (on which Engberg Anderson focused, pictured at the top) directly across 6th Street from the Harley Museum
  • And a 22-acre parcel (pictured below, courtesy of Korb and Associates) that wraps around the east, south and west sides of We Energies' Valley Power Plant. Korb and Associates looked at that piece, which doesn't front the river, but rather the Burnham Canal to the south.

How the sites look now:


Kneeland Property.


St. Mary's Cement.


We Energies, viewed from Kneeland.

We asked Zetts to explain the charette ...

... to tell us a bit about the three parcels, centered on the Kneeland Property, which sits beneath the Marquette Interchange and near the Downtown post office ...

... and about the next steps of turning these compelling visions into reality in the Menomonee Valley ...

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