New Development in District 12

Since Alderman José Pérez has taken office in 2012, investments in the 12th District have grown by leaps and bounds.  New businesses have thrived, as has residential and commercial growth.  New apartments, condominiums, restaurants, and other small businesses have made this area one of the fastest growing parts of Milwaukee.  The growth isn’t contained to one area; it’s happening on National Avenue, Historic Mitchell Street, Walker, Bruce, and Washington Streets, amongst others. 

  • 1st & Greenfield – Freshwater Plaza – Mixed-use development including Cermak Foods, 3 floors of apartments, offices, and other retail.
  • 1st & Washington – 120 Unit Apartment Building located at 1029 S. 1st St.
  • 2nd & Bruce – Central Standard Craft Distillery – Artisan distillery, tasting room, and tours.
  • 2nd & National – Engine Company No. 3 – New restaurant & historic building renovation.
  • 2nd & Pierce – Var Gallery – Art gallery and studios.
  • 2nd & Virginia – Camino – New restaurant.
  • 2nd & Walker – Saz’s Catering – Building renovation for catering and warehouse use.
  • 2nd & Washington – Shoe Factory Lofts – 55 new apartments, 47 of which are for low-income residents.
  • 625 S. 2nd Street – Fixture Pizza – New restaurant.
  • 3rd & Bruce – Anodyne Coffee Roasting – New coffee shop and coffee roasting facility.
  • 3rd & National – Hometown Established – Gift shop, home décor, and art gallery.
  • 6th & Historic Mitchell – Historic Mitchell Building – 36 new apartments.
  • 6th & National – Mercantile Lofts – Mixed-use development including 36 new apartments and first floor commercial including affordable housing.
  • 8th & Historic Mitchell – Salas Burgers – New restaurant.
  • 8th & National – Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) - Building renovation and creation of MATC Education Center to provide training in specialized trades.
  • 9th & Historic Mitchell – Mixed-use development including new Milwaukee library and 57 apartments including affordable housing.
  • 9th & Windlake - South Stadium – New MPS athletic stadium used by South Division, Bradley Tech, and Bay View high schools.

Neighborhood Improvements

Since becoming the 12th District Alderman, José Pérez has helped improve the neighborhood through his work in creating tax incremental financing districts on 5th and 6th Streets to reinvest tax dollars into the area. This will add landscaping to help beautify the streets, make the sidewalks wider and more walkable for pedestrians and add bike lanes for cyclists. 

Bublr Bikes has added two new bike stations in District 12 located at 6th & Virginia and 2nd & Freshwater. Bublr Bikes provides affordable, convenient service and gives residents another option for transportation besides driving, taking the bus, or walking.  This also strengthens our ties to downtown and other parts of the city. Alderman Pérez is working on adding additional stations to the district as their business and network grows including 9th & Washington at Walker Square Park and at the 16th Street Community Health Center.

Alderman Pérez takes part in annual KK River cleanups and helps the homeless through his participation in the Continuum of Care as well as participating in neighborhood walks. Coordinating with Mayor Barrett’s Strong Neighborhoods Plan, the Alderman helped organize the 5th Place cleanup effort.  He also supported and voted for the successful addition of 120 new positions in the Milwaukee Police Department to help fight crime in our city. His work with the Local Business Action Team has also helped prevent predatory towing.

Neighborhood Groups and Committees

Alderman Pérez has and continues to regularly attend neighborhood meetings and is a member of the following neighborhood groups: KK River Neighbors in Action, Walker Square Neighborhood Association, and the Walker’s Point Association.

Committee Assignments

Vice Chair: Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee
Member: Finance and Personnel Committee
Member: Administrative Review Appeals Board
Member: Anti-Graffiti Policy Committee
Board Member: Milwaukee Area Technical College
Board Member: Hispanic Elected Local Officials
Board Member: Milwaukee Continuum of Care
Board Member: Harbor District Milwaukee
Member: Walker’s Point Association
Member: National League of Cities
Member: Walker Square Neighborhood Association
Member: KK River Neighbors In Action


Alderman Pérez has received the following community, entrepreneurial and civic achievement awards since taking office in 2012:

  • Polish American Congress – Wisconsin Division – Congressman Clement J. Zablocki Civic Achievement Award
  • Multicultural Entrepreneurial Institute, Inc. -  Visionary Award for Advocating Policy that lead to Economic Empowerment & Development for Micro-Enterprises
  • Sixteenth Street Community Health Centers – Community Partnership Impact Award
  • Mexican Fiesta – In recognition of continued support and active involvement with Mexican Fiesta and the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc. 
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