Envisioning a healthier, more equitable community

Development of a vacant property on 27th Street in Milwaukee’s Concordia neighborhood into a community center and affordable housing development has the power to catalyze momentous health, social and economic improvements for City of Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin residents. This project will offer resources and services to residents, create new full-time job opportunities, provide new creative spaces for community engagement, and support entrepreneurs and small businesses as they grow and generate additional jobs to strengthen the local, City, and statewide economy – expanding the impact of Concordia 27 even beyond the Near West Side.

Investing in Community-Driven Assets

This development will support the wellness of Near West Side residents and the broader City of Milwaukee and Southeast Wisconsin communities. Part apartment building, part hub for resources and career development, and part gathering space, Concordia 27 is the culmination of a vision that residents, stakeholders and businesses have been working toward since 2015.

In 2021, the Near West Side Appreciative Inquiry Summit supported by the Harley-Davidson Foundation ignited a renewed excitement for the vision and work of the community, and that energy has informed the Concordia 27 project, making the visions and priorities of the community a reality.

Addressing Inequity

In partnership with the State of Wisconsin, Milwaukee County and the City of Milwaukee, Near West Side Partners seeks to address six inequities:

Making Support and Services Available

Concordia 27 will bring service providers and resources together under one roof to provide access to nutritious food, mental health care services, job training, entrepreneurial space, housing and transportation.

Specifically, Concordia 27 will provide:

30 housing units above the commercial and community spaces will be available for rent by senior citizens and working families.

Fresh, affordable meals-to-go will be available daily, addressing local residents’ food insecurity concerns.

  • Nonprofit partners will have dedicated spaces onsite to deliver health and wellness services.
  • Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI) will provide health education and programming, and health and social service navigation services.
  • Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM) will expand to provide resilience and trauma-informed care education to 2,600 Milwaukee residents. SWIM will also conduct trauma trainings at 90 workplaces to spur organizational structure changes and ensure that thousands of employees are educated to be trauma responsive.
  • Career advancement opportunities during job fairs and other workforce training in partnership with Wisconsin Community Services (WCS).
  • A commercial, demonstration and incubator kitchen that will enable MCFI to provide 23,000 fresh, nutritious and affordable meals-to-go for 15,000 low-income students in 106 schools in Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha.

Partnering to Succeed

Partnership and equity are top priorities for NWSP and enable improvements in the Near West Side. We are grateful to the project implementation team overseeing all aspects of the Concordia 27 project, and to the State of Wisconsin for its generous support of the project.