Community Design Solutions (CDS) facilitated a process of information gathering that culminated in a visioning charette for the Granville Neighborhood in the city of Milwaukee. This process involved revisiting the Strategic Action Plan, examining the business diversity of the neighborhood, and conducting a series of Focus Groups to gather input from various stakeholders including lenders, developers, residents, City officials, agency leaders, and business owners. This information was disseminated to six teams of architects, each assigned to one of the Opportunity Sites.
A day long charette was held at the UW-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning. Throughout the day, teams generated ideas for the sites and then shared them with the larger stakeholder group to receive feedback. Following the initial input, the architectural teams refined their designs to reflect stakeholder input and provided illustrations for how Granville can be transformed from a struggling retail destination into a vibrant area that attracts a variety of businesses and customers to the area.
The intent of the charette process is to explore and evaluate development ideas and possibilities. It is not intended to imply that the ideas are guaranteed by developers or the municipalities.