The journey to South Milwaukee’s promising future starts downtown.

That’s why we’re proud to announce a program that will help breathe new life into our city center and its properties- one in a series of initiatives we’re unveiling to bring our 2035 comprehensive and downtown plans to life.

The Downtown Revitalization Grant focuses investment in our city center, with matching grants of up to $30,000 for both exterior and interior work.

The goal: Breathe new life into struggling storefronts and create a better and economically viable future for businesses and property owners in downtown South Milwaukee.

The council has allocated initial funding of $75,000 toward the program.

Here are a few more details:

• The grant allows for certain exterior and interior improvements with reimbursement of up to 50% of actual improvement costs, with a minimum of $5,000 in grant funds.

• Property owners and building tenants (with a lease exceeding two years) located downtown are eligible for funding.  Priority is given to those in the 900 and 1000 blocks of Milwaukee Avenue, the heart of our downtown.

• Eligible improvements include but are not limited to: building expansion, design services, exterior improvements, fire sprinkling systems, structural repairs, and utility service upgrades.

• Basic maintenance projects will not be funded.

• All grants must include at least some exterior work.

• Applications for the grant will be accepted on an ongoing basis.

• Grants are reviewed by the Grant Review Committee and approved by the Common Council.  The Grant Review Committee (five voting members) consists of representatives from the Plan Commission, Downtown Advisory Committee, two staff members (city administrator, building inspector, or city engineer) and one at-large member.


Find more information, and a copy of the grant, here

Grant applications are also available at City Hall.

For more information, please contact Janet Talaska, at 414-762-2222 ext. 133.

Members are:
Nathan Keller (Plan Commission)
Armen Hadjinan (Downtown Advisory Committee)
Jenny Meyer (At-large)
City Engineer, City Administrator, Building Inspector



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