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November 11, 2019
Fifteen Years of Development Along the Milwaukee River

Fifteen years ago, the downtown land surrounding Milwaukee River was undeveloped and had underutilized or vacant turn of the century buildings that faced away from the river. Today the river is a part of life downtown populated with new living spaces, breweries, headquarters and of course, the Riverwalk. How did this happen and what does future development on the river look like? On November 11, enjoy a lively discussion of the history of the development, as well as the challenges and predictions for the next fifteen years from key river front developers including John Kersey, Executive Vice President, Zilber LTD on the Pabst Development; Alex Lasry, Senior Vice President, Milwaukee Bucks on the development surrounding Fiserv Forum; Stephen Chernof, Attorney Godfrey & Kahn and Chairman of WAM-DC on the development of West Wisconsin Avenue; and Josh Krsnak, President & CEO, Hempel Companies and owner of the Grand Avenue Mall.

Rocky Marcoux, Commissioner for the City of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development, will walk us through an overview of the Pabst, Park East, and West Wisconsin districts, including the Grand Avenue redevelopment and moderate the panel. These areas of development were important in securing large corporate headquarters, dining and attractions, and the rejuvenation of a thriving downtown Milwaukee. The commitment from developers, business and land owners, architects, and nearby organizations has helped revamp the façade and structure of buildings while increasing foot traffic and invigorating the soul of these districts in Milwaukee.


Join us for a little history, and incredible insight into Milwaukee’s continuously growing and developing skyline. 


Park East Freeway prior to removal of the freeway in 2002.

Picture courtesy of Congress for the New Urbanism, via Google.


A portion of the Park East redevelopment, including Fiserv Forum and the Deer District.

Picture courtesy of the Architect's Newspaper, via Google.

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