Burnham Pointe Better Block

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The City of West Allis has partnered with Better Block Foundation, an urban design non-profit, to initiate revitalization efforts in the City’s Burnham Pointe district in the area of south 60th St. and W. Burnham St.

Better Block’s primary objectives for this area are to inspire neighbors and businesses to reimagine the public space in this corridor and empower those who reside here with the tools and knowledge to create usable community gathering spaces in the area. Past projects Better Block has initiated with other communities include converting a shopping center’s forgotten grassy area into a pop-up park in Montgomery County, Md; creating the world’s largest pop-up bike network in Macon, Ga; and rezoning a street in Dallas, Texas, to transform vacant buildings into businesses and create a walkable neighborhood. Better Block worked with each of these communities to mobilize neighbors to conceptualize and initiate the changes they wished to see. By working with these communities for several months, Better Block leaves the residents organized and prepared to complete the project they have begun and begin work on new projects in the future. 

West Allis’ Burnham Pointe area was selected due to its potential as a destination area. With independent businesses, vibrant restaurants, and diverse population, Burnham Pointe is well positioned for residential and economic growth. The City’s partnership with Better Block is not funded through tax dollars but through its Capital Improvement Fund and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds.

“We are so excited to work with the community in West Allis to reimagine the Burnham Pointe Corridor,” said Krista Nightengale, managing director of the Better Block. “We have worked around the world to help neighbors bring their dreams for their community to life. When people experience a Better Block, they can build upon the experience of the “quick win” and work toward making permanent and lasting change.”

“We are looking forward to partnering with Better Block and the residents and businesses of Burnham Pointe,” said Mayor Dan Devine. “This historic area has so much to offer, and rallying the community to take ownership of this district will only strengthen it further.”

better block kick-off

Jason Roberts from the Better Block and City leaders hosted a kick-off event on Thursday, May 16 at 6 p.m. at Burnham Bowl, 6016 W. Burnham St., to share information with residents and businesses about the opportunities in the area and the tools that Better Block provides. View the video of this meeting below. 

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