I say it often — we will reinvigorate downtown South Milwaukee one business, one building at a time.
I’m excited to say we’re getting some help with that the next few months, as 11 advanced level students from Mount Mary University are making redesigning and rethinking our city center their class project, focused on vacant buildings.
I’ll let Genevieve Szeklinski, assistant professor and chair of the school’s Interior Design Department and proud South Milwaukee resident, explain it …
As part of the senior level interior design studio at Mount Mary University, students study different commercial building types while referencing appropriate business models as they propose and design a new business. Working with Project ReStore South Milwaukee, the design students will first explore “main street” dynamics. Next, they will select a vacant building on Milwaukee Avenue for their potential project. Lastly, students will design the exterior graphics and interior designs for their respective business. All 11 designs will be added to a computer model that produces 3D renderings of what the completed streetscape would look like.
In other words, we — and, more importantly, owners of vacant properties — will get a set of fresh eyes on their buildings, showing the potential for their building and our downtown … and a road map to get there.
I’ll keep you posted as the work gets going, and please join me in welcoming these students to South Milwaukee.
Thanks for being a part of the momentum we have downtown!