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The Villard Avenue Business Improvement District oversees the cleaning and maintenance for the district. For the fourth consecutive year, the Villard BID has enlisted a dedicated street maintenance team comprising the Great Lakes Community Conservation Corps and the Green Team Landscaping. These crews oversee BID #19 's portering and landscaping efforts.

The Villard BID also seeks out other beautification efforts including overseeing the $14.3 RAISE grant project to redesign Villard Avenue, assessing public gathering place feasibility studies, and overseeing facade grant projects.



Our current clean projects, events, and campaigns:

  • Villard Avenue Brownfield Remediation Project

  • Green Team & GLCCC street cleaning 2x per week

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Advocacy & Support

  • Rails With Trails Coalition Advocacy

  • Landscaping & planter care with the Green Team & GLCCC

  • Public gathering space feasibility study

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Parks & Recreational Activities

  • Outdoor recreational locations in the neighborhood (Smith Park, Custer playfield exercise path, Ascension exercise yard and walking paths)

  • Nearby nature Lincoln Creek hikes, walks, and bike rides

  • Red Bike Green Organization community bike rides

  • Annual Promise Zone Community Bike Rides

  • NWSCDC pop-up farmer's market

Our Mission

BID #19 has launched a public art Initiative called Visual Vibes on Villard to bring public art to the business corridor. Thus far we have installed art on our bus stops, and now art murals on buildings in collaboration with the owners.

Neighborhood Residents juried and selected the art submissions from local artists to create impactful community artwork. This project was made possible by the Millard Avenue Business Improvement District and the following partners:

  • Milwaukee Department of City Development NIDC-CIP Grant

  • Milwaukee Environmental Collaboration Office

  • Covanta Environmental Solutions

  • AARP of Wisconsin Small-dollar

  • BIG Impact Grant

  • Wallpapered City

  • A generous contribution from an anonymous donor

Visual Vibes on Villard - Community Murals

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