Public Hearing on North Avenue Plan

Jun ’11
7:30 pm

The week of May 9th, the East Tosa North Avenue Plan was reviewed by the Plan Commission and Community Development.  The plan is now set for a public hearing on June 21 at the City Hall.   We have come a long way in the past years from securing the grant for and undergoing the process of developing a strategic plan for North Avenue in East Tosa.  Now, it is up to the voices of our East Tosa community to ensure its passage. Please plan to attend.

Why should you care?
– impact on quality of life
– opportunity to sustain and grow desirability to live in our neighborhoods
– create demand for housing and commercial real estate (drives sales and property values)
– protect our investments

NOTE: Approval of this plan does not obligate to spending specific funds on a specific timeline.  This plan lays out the road map for future improvements and direction of the this district,.

East Tosa North Avenue Planning Project Overview

North Avenue Commercial property values were suffering and in decline. Investments are not self sufficient, and there are buildings that have suffered debilitating loss, without any reinvestment. Lack of demand keeps rents low and defers maintenance, and encourages the spiral of decline.

How can a commercial district bisecting decidedly stable, middle class neighborhoods fail to sustain a market relative to the needs of the neighborhoods? What is restricting access from the neighborhoods to the commercial market?
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East Tosa North Avenue Planning Project

Every great neighborhood is associated with a lively and functioning main street, where locals and visitors intermingle while the hum of daily life continues. Access to services and goods on our commercial strip should be easy, convenient and reflective of the local economy.

With funding from a Community Development Block Grant, the City of Wauwatosa with assistance from the North Avenue Neighborhood Alliance (a citizen-led 501c3 non-profit) selected RDG Planning & Design of Omaha Nebraska to prepare a comprehensive plan of North Avenue between 60th and Wauwatosa Avenue with the idea of reconnecting the local business environment and success with the demographic and economic realities of the neighborhoods.

Residents of Washington Highlands, Old Hillcrest, TETNA, Pabst Park and Inglewood Heights, lead by Planner Marty Schukert of RDG, participated in many discussions and a three-day Design Workshop to identify physical and economic realities which currently depress our local economy, and opportunities to enhance the place we love as East Tosa.

 The resulting Design Studio Presentation and  Existing Conditions & Market Study are available for review.

RDG’s Draft Recommendation and Report were issued in late 2010, with public comment, committee and Council reviews in the first quarter of 2011.

Submitted by Ed Haydin, Planning Chair, North Avenue Neighborhood Alliance