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Business Districts & Commercial Corridors
Located along major transportation arterials, including but not limited to S. 108th Street (Highway 100), the Union Pacific railroad line, and S. 70th Street., West Allis' business districts include office, industrial, and commercial operations. They include:
Highway 100/108th St. Corridor
Highway 100 is located within an 18-mile drive of two thirds of Milwaukee’s 1.8 million population. Over the past 90 years Hwy 100 has transitioned from an isolated sleepy neighborhood on the fringe of Metro Milwaukee to what is today a major transportation corridor dominated by a mix of convenience retail, large format stores, and light industrial. In 2019, the City of West Allis conducted a study of the Highway 100/South 108th St. corridor to evaluate the market feasibility of new businesses, and to create a long-term development strategy for the properties in this area. The study focused on the 3.25 mile stretch of Hwy 100 that falls within the city limits and the surrounding properties, extending from I-94 to the north, Morgan Street to the south, I-41 to the east, and S. 116th Street to the West. Learn more about the Hwy 100 Corridor and development strategy.
National Avenue West and The Market Corridor
National Avenue has been a keystone in the social and economic history of West Allis. Built before there were cars, National Avenue continues to connect homes, businesses, and institutions across several neighborhoods. The National Avenue Corridor – only a 17 minute drive to the heart of downtown Milwaukee via National Avenue and S. 1st / Water Street – will always be an essential economic artery of the City of West Allis. Positive momentum has continued in recent years, including the construction of the Heritage Senior Living apartments and PyraMax Bank, the development of the new West Allis Skate Park, and the addition of new restaurants. The City is in the process of a multi-year reconstruction plan of this corridor to update infrastructure, improve streetscaping, and enhance bike and pedestrian access as part of an overarching strategic vision for the corridor.
In 2018, Mandel Group broke ground on its multi-million dollar redevelopment near the Six Points area, including West Allis Farmers Market at 65th and National. The Market and SoNa (South of National) mixed-use project offers unique opportunities for tenants and entrepreneurs. To support additional growth, economic incentives are available within the National Avenue corridor.
Greenfield Avenue/Downtown West Allis
Greenfield Avenue is a thriving and crucial thoroughfare, home to the unique independently owned shops of Downtown West Allis as well as national chains, mixed-use developments, and residential properties. Between 70th and 76th Streets, Greenfield Avenue comes alive throughout the year with community parades, West Allis A La Carte, and the Downtown West Allis Car Show, some of the City of West Allis' largest events which welcome thousands of visitors to Greenfield Avenue each year. Major investments by the Downtown West Allis Business Improvement District and City of West Allis in recent years have brought public art including murals and hand-painted benches to the downtown to encourage pedestrian activities and create a one-of-a-kind outdoor art destination.
South 70th Street Corridor
At 70th and Greenfield, Cobalt Partners Allis Yards redevelopment project began in 2020 with the grand opening of The Gage event space. This massive project will transform the 70th Street corridor in the coming years and further diversify the business mix in one of our most eclectic and exciting districts. A Home 2 Suites extended stay hotel comprises Phase 2 of this project, with a mixed-use residential/commercial development expected in Phase 3.