WSBN Report on East Tosa North Avenue Planning Project

North Avenue is one of Wauwatosa’s main commercial and community centers, however, many see it as a thoroughfare rather than a destination. The East Tosa North Avenue Planning Project aims to change this mindset.

This video, created by Wauwatosa School Broadcast Network, provides an overview of the plan integrated with interviews by residents, business owners, city officials and Marty Shukert, the plan designer.

Crucial Step Taken in Developing “Road Map” for North Avenue in East Town Tosa

The vision for this area is a progressive urban community intent on combining unique public spaces and commercial experience which interconnect vibrant, established neighborhoods.

The East Tosa North Avenue commercial district has had numerous studies over the years to address specific issues from parking to streetscape, yet it lacks a cohesive, strategic plan or “road map” to articulate the vision. As such, this area lacks a coordinated approach.

East Town North Avenue is one of several neighborhood oriented commercial districts that need some revitalization.

The Grant Task Force, made up of neighborhood residents, area alderman, commercial property owners, area business managers and Wauwatosa Community Development personnel, crafted a Request for Proposal for development of a road map intended to provide guidance in promoting successful business district which more appropriately reflect the character of the neighborhoods through which it passes thereby improving the quality of life in the adjacent neighborhoods that has made Wauwatosa one of the area’s most desirable communities.

The Request for Proposal was issued on November 10th. There is a desire to have consultants secured by early 2010 to begin the planning process.