Kenosha Downtown Development Master Plan
Located in the emerging Tech Corridor in eastern Wisconsin, The City of Kenosha recognized the need to plan for their future as a “smart city.”
We developed a transformative vision for the City of Kenosha, defined by reconnecting downtown to Lake Michigan through a new civic center. Extending from the water and anchored by a new city hall and performing arts center, the civic center both engages the existing city fabric and imagines a new identity for the region. Additional office, residential and retail services support this future vibrant district.
The plan engages the redeveloped site of a long demolished American Motors auto assembly plant and ambitiously connects the “City Beautiful” remnants of the downtown core with Lake Michigan.
With nearly a million square feet of development, this project aims to transform eight city blocks of downtown Kenosha into a new civic center. The development starts at the shores of Lake Michigan with a monumental lakefront park and is anchored by a new City Hall and Performing Arts Center. Additionally, eight-hundred residential units and 200,000 square feet of retail and service space will serve the community. Unifying a fragmented downtown, this project aims to create a civic hub for Kenosha and meet the growth demand of southeastern Wisconsin cities.
The project proposes the adoption of smart city technologies to enhance the mobility, physical infrastructure, and quality of life to its residents, businesses, and visitors. Automation of systems, intelligent transportation and tracking energy efficiency are some of the proposed applications. The application will be a collaborative approach between the city, private developers, and technology vendors.