Groundbreaking Thursday for green commercial building in Walker’s Point

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Thursday to celebrate the start of construction of a 4-story, 30,000-square-foot “green” commercial building on a vacant lot at 538 S. 2nd St., northeast of 2nd Street and Bruce Street, in the city of Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. The estimated cost of the project, called Milwaukee Fix, is $7.2 million. The developer for the project is Milwaukee Fix LLC, led by Juli Kaufmann.

“This spring, a transformative building will begin to come to life on this former brownfield site,” said Kaufmann. “We have joined as neighbors – the businesses, organizations and residents of Walker’s Point – to collectively decide how to shape the future of our community. This building enables a dream shared by the tenant occupants, the people to be served, and the project’s financial backers. Together, we are committed to a more vibrant and resilient Milwaukee.”

Milwaukee Fix LLC said the building will be one the "greenest" buildings in the nation, and will have a community rooftop garden.

The building will be the new home of the Healing Collective health center. The collective provides mental, physical and spiritual health services through the Walker’s Point Community Clinic, The Healing Center (an Aurora Health Care program for sexual abuse and assault survivors) and CORE/El Centro (a natural healing center).

In addition, Clock Shadow Creamery, a cheese production facility and retail shop will occupy the entire first floor of the building. It will be operated by Bob Wills, owner of Cedar Grove Cheese.

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