Opportunities Abound in the Near West Side

The Near West Side has several shovel-ready and redevelopment sites located in Opportunity Zones that are prime for development.

Focus on: 27th Street

Ample opportunities for new development and redevelopment of mixed-use buildings existing along the 27th Street corridor.

Development Opportunities:

  • Redevelop the former Milwaukee County City Campus complex as a Food and Beverage (FaB) Center of Excellence. Administrative, lab, and incubator spaces can occupy the former County offices, with start-up and existing food and beverage retailers and restaurants tenanting the largely vacant historic storefronts.

  • Repurpose the vacant Wisconsin Avenue School with hospitality or office uses and improve the northwest corner of North 27th and Wisconsin Avenue with landscaping, decorative fencing and other pedestrian amenities.

  • Redevelop a historic storefronts as offices, business incubator, or shared work environment with residential offerings.

  • Build fresh on a remediated site on a prominent corner presenting a unique opportunity for mixed-use building featuring restaurant/retail and office space with on-site parking.


Zoning and Land Use
Zoning and land use features Local Business (LB2) classification that supports commercial and mixed-use developments. Zoning can also accommodate various maker space functions that may otherwise only be permitted in industrial zoning districts.

Additional Resources
Use the recently designated 27th and Wells Commercial Historic District to leverage available historic tax credits and other funding tools.


Focus on: State Street

The north side of State Street is included in the historic designation featured on the adjacent 27th Street corridor and include several opportunities for the redevelopment of commercial and mixed-use buildings.

Development Opportunities

  • Redevelop the historic State Street Theater as an all-ages venue, featuring sound engineering studios and storefront for artists to sell merchandise. Develop vacant corner parcel as a pocket park to support adjacent uses.

  • Redevelop a historic commercial storefront as restaurant/retail with parking located to the rear of the parcel. Activate and enliven the adjacent green open space abutting North 27th Street.


Zoning and Land Use
State Street sites features Local Business (LB2) classification that supports commercial developments and vacant lots provide locations for outdoor patios and neighborhood parks.


Focus on: Clybourn Street

Many opportunities for new development and redevelopment of industrial buildings existing along the Clybourn corridor.

Development Opportunities

  • Redevelop these high-visibility flex spaces to support light manufacturing uses, office and/or maker space, craft brewery or commercial kitchen. Easy access to freeway and downtown Milwaukee, and great views of the City make these sites desirable.

Zoning and Land Use
Clybourn Street properties features Light Industrial (IL2) classification that supports light manufacturing, commercial and mixed-use developments.