Moving Forward…Rather, Westward: Reed Street Yards

With the Global Water Center grand opening behind us, and space in the building quickly filling up, moving onward, the next step is directly west of the Global Water Center, Reed Street Yards.

The Reed Street Yards currently are 15 acres of undeveloped, under-used, former railroad yards. That will soon change as workers clear and grade the land, which has been long targeted by the City of Milwaukee and The Water Council as the central hub of Southeastern Wisconsin’s water cluster.  To its credit the site boasts:

  • Sustainable infrastructure, including: bio swales, recycled water piping, rain gardens, and pervious pavement
  • Gorgeous urban waterfront: links to Hank Aaron State Trail and Riverwalk system
  • Build-to-suit your specifications/requirements
  • Cutting-edge water technology demonstration plaza
  • Highly visible location in the heart of Historic Walker’s Point, just south of Downtown Milwaukee, the Historic Third Ward and within walking distance to many of the city’s top destinations
  • Central hub of Milwaukee’s water technology cluster

The first phase of the redevelopment quietly began several weeks ago as construction crews started clearing overgrown weeds, since then workers have quickly graded the uneven terrain to create a more suitable palate for future development.  In coming weeks, the recently branded Freshwater Way will be extended through the future global water business park, creating a western connection to another redevelopment, The Tannery, which covers an additional 15 acres, just west of the gleaming, award-winning 6th Street Bridge.

Additional improvements will be new water mains, sewer connections, a purple-pipe system to recycle “grey water”, 2,700 feet of new Riverwalk, an extension of the Hank Aaron State Trail, and a cutting-edge, water technology demonstration plaza.

Currently, the dock wall is undergoing repairs,  underground utilities are being installed throughout the site and scheduled to be complete in early October, at which time the underground utilities for the water feature and plaza will start to be installed. At the end of October, the concrete walks and flatwork for the water plaza will be complete and the water feature installation team will begin constructing the water technology demonstration plaza.

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When it is fully developed, Reed Street Yards will boast more than 1 million square feet of mixed-use office, research, education and technology space, with at least 70% of that square footage reserved for construction of buildings owned by or leased to water technology-related businesses. The idea is that water startup companies housed within the Global Water Center, will eventually outgrow their space in the building and relocate to larger facilities in Reed Street Yards.

The Reed Street Yards are being developed by General Capital Group and the City of Milwaukee; you can view conceptual site plans, aerial site views and site renderings here:

About The Water Council

The Water Council, the only organization of its kind in the United States, was established in 2009 by Milwaukee-area businesses, education and government leaders. With more than 150 water technology companies in the Milwaukee area, the region’s water industry is a $10.5 billion dollar market and accounts for four percent of the world’s total water business. The non-profit organization is linking together global water technology companies, innovative water entrepreneurs, acclaimed academic research programs and, most importantly, some of the nation’s brightest and most energetic professionals. The Water Council is capturing the attention of the world and transforming the Milwaukee region into a World Water Hub for freshwater research, economic development and education. The Water Council is located in the Global Water Center at 247 W. Freshwater Way, Suite 500, Milwaukee, WI 53204.
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