On Wednesday, Westlawn Gardens, Wisconsin’s largest public housing project, opened after an $82 million facelift.
Work began renovating the project back in 2010. Almost half of Westlawn Gardens’ 725 units were pulled down as part of the overhaul. The project, which covers 75 acres on the northwest side of Milwaukee, has been redesigned to create a neighborhood atmosphere with environmentally friendly buildings, the Journal Sentinel notes.
The demolished structures have been replaced by 250 single family homes, multi-family units and townhouses. The project has been freshly landscaped with flowers and shrubbery.
A community garden has been added to promote gardening. The street lamps feature LEDs to save energy and the housing units are designed for LEED-ND environmental certification. Small retail shops are expected to soon open in the development.
Some units will be sold on the open market in order to mix subsidized low income and market rate-paying residents.
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