OVERVIEW

I chose to move to Sherman Park ten years ago for its racial and socio-economic mix.
Burleigh Street, our commercial corridor, is vital to the long-term success of the neighborhood. "

JAMES PHELPS, CO-OWNER, JCP CONSTRUCTION
BURLEIGH STREET CDC BOARD MEMBER


Located in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park neighborhood and running along Burleigh Street from Sherman Boulevard on the east to 60th Street on the west, the Burleigh Street Commercial Corridor is also known as “the Mosaic on Burleigh” for the variety of local businesses reflecting a community that welcomes many ethnicities and faiths.

Sherman Park has welcomed residents of remarkable diversity: European, African American, Hispanic, Middle Eastern, Asian and American Indian; Jewish, Christian and Muslim; long-time citizens and recent immigrants; blue-collar workers and professionals. Residents continue to enrich this stable, harmonious neighborhood. In addition to its great diversity and the commitment of its residents, Sherman Park’s assets include high-quality housing stock, historically significant buildings, responsible landlords, high-ranking public and private schools, religious institutions, government and social service agencies, and community-based organizations providing health care initiatives and support programs.

At the heart of the Burleigh Street Commercial Corridor stands one of Milwaukee’s best corporate citizens, Wheaton Franciscan-St. Joseph Campus. A major neighborhood and business anchor, “St. Joe’s” draws hundreds of people daily to its world-class health care facility.

For decades, Sherman Park’s residents achieved prosperity for themselves and their families – working hard, running small businesses, owning homes in one of the keystone neighborhoods of Milwaukee. But economic recession hit the community fiercely, and too many neighbors lost their jobs, their businesses and their homes.

Ever resilient, the community is again moving forward. Capitalizing on the wonderful neighborhood assets, residents are building a prosperous future for Sherman Park and the Burleigh Street Commercial Corridor.

Leading revitalization efforts since 1999 is the Burleigh Street Community Development Corporation (Burleigh Street CDC), a coalition of people who live, worship, work and do business in the neighborhood. By convening our partners, which include the Sherman Park Community Association, West Burleigh Business Improvement District (BID #27), the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County, state and federal government, and private investors, local corporations, foundations, and block associations throughout Sherman Park, the Burleigh Street CDC is raising the quality of life in the neighborhood and revitalizing the Burleigh Street Commercial Corridor.

"I have been involved with the Burleigh Street CDC since its inception".
This community continues to face the challenges and succeed."

PAM OZIMEK, VP/ BRANCH MANAGER,
BMO HARRIS BANK

MISSION

To advance the business environment in the Burleigh Street Commercial Corridor by conceiving and implementing economic development and community revitalization projects through the leverage of public-private partnerships with the city, county, state and federal governments, private investors, local corporations and foundations.