Milwaukee Community Development Project: State Investment of $5M

Wisconsin is planning an investment of $5 million to support economic growth and community development in the near west Milwaukee.

A press release from Governor Tony Evers’ office says the investment will help establish Concordia 27, a project that will convert a vacant building into a multi-faceted community center.

The release says the Concordia 27 project has a particular focus on connecting the dots to address challenges facing the community, including health disparities, trauma, food insecurity, unemployment, access transportation and affordable housing.

The state investment is funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). It will contribute to making the Concordia 27 community project a reality.

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Concordia 27 is expected to create more than twenty new full-time jobs in addition to dozens more in construction as the site develops. Plans for the completed project include:

  • Dedicated spaces for nonprofit organizations, such as the Milwaukee Center for Independence (MCFI), Scaling Wellness in Milwaukee (SWIM), and Wisconsin Community Services (WCS) plan to provide health, wellness support services. being and housing
  • A commercial, demonstration and incubator kitchen operated by MCFI, providing culinary workforce training to youth and adults with developmental disabilities and previously incarcerated people, and creating over 20,000 daily meals, many will go to low-income students in southeastern Wisconsin
  • Community gathering space

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Plans for Concordia 27 also include 30 affordable housing units for seniors and working families.

Norma P. Rex