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Phase One Development
In 2010, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) awarded HACM $76 million in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits (LIHTC) to begin redevelopment of the east side of Westlawn. It was the largest LIHTC award in state history. Purchased in 2011 by PNC Bank, the tax credit investment and additional funds are making possible the modernization of Wisconsin's largest and one of Milwaukee's oldest affordable housing communities.

The current $82 million construction project includes 250 housing units, new streets and civil utilities, and expanded green space between 60th Street and 64th Street from Silver Spring Drive on the north and Lincoln Creek on the south. Construction of the tax credit housing units will be completed by December, 2012. When fully completed, Phase I will include a total of up to 345 mixed-income units.



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PNC Bank






Two mid-rise buildings are being constructed on the north side of the development along Silver Spring Drive with 62nd Street running between them. Each building will have 47 one-bedroom units for the elderly, disabled and small families with the western building designated for seniors. Click the images below for a more detailed view of the buildings.

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Westlawn Detailed
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Westlawn General
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The redevelopment includes 156 tax-credit units in a combination of townhouse and side-by-side styles to complement the architecture of the surrounding neighborhood. The units will range from two to five bedrooms to accommodate a variety of family sizes.



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Following the succesful redevelopment of HACM's low-income Parklawn, Lapham Park and Highland Park developments into dynamic, mixed-income neighborhoods, Westlawn's redevelopment will include market rate homes along 60th Street and Lincoln Creek. Mixed-use/retail space is also planned on Silver Spring Drive to bring needed services to the area.

HACM is rebuilding Westlawn to meet or exceed new environmental standards, including LEED Neighborhood Development certification.  Sustainable design strategies will create economic efficiencies and reduce impact on the environment and city infrastructure through improved storm water management. In addition, new streets will reconnect Westlawn to the city grid to improve traffic flow.

Landscaped green space will be added throughout the development, and a new linear park with informal sports fields, a picnic shelter, and community gardens managed by Growing Power will reconnect the neighborhood to Lincoln Creek on Westlawn's south end.


Westlawn Linear Park

      Photos of possible linear park and other green features
      Raised GardensPark ShelterReused Concrete Steppers
      Pinwheel AestheticBioswalesRecycled Pathway
The Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee is an equal opportunity housing provider and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, handicap, lawful source of income, marital status, family status or sexual orientation.