The village of Allouez is looking to create a vibrant district within the heart of that community. The vision is to build a central area where people can work, live and play.
At the corner of Webster Avenue and St. Joseph Street, Jim Rafter sees opportunity.
“We want to create spaces where people can gather,” said Allouez’s president.
A centralized location – for future development and change.
“This vision is all about creating an area that people from Allouez and neighboring communities can come and visit,” he said.
The vision Rafter is speaking of is contained in a new comprehensive plan which lays out the kind of development the village wants to see here, to create a true village center where people could live, work, shop and play.
“Restaurants, coffee shops, breweries,” Rafter said. “If you want to engage people and get people to move into the community, you need to be able to provide these types of facilities.
Rafter says Allouez has long been known as a bedroom community, where people live but travel elsewhere for work and entertainment. He says this plan is about changing that reality and moving the village forward.
“When I talk to area residents and business owners, they are excited to see something exciting happen in there,” said the village president.
Business owners – like Peggy Schroeder of Schroeder’s Flowers.
“We’d love to have business in this area, because it brings more people to us, more reason to come into this area, not just the people coming and going to and from their homes,” Schroeder said.
“The feedback we’ve gotten is all positive. Allouez needs this. The community needs this,” Rafter said.
A plan Allouez is actively sharing with area developers.