New apartments will help bring more people downtown, but something more is needed to fill the holes and vacancies in Waukesha's central commercial district.
Filling the unused office space in downtown needs to continue to be an area of focus, said Catherine Huelsman, general manager of Berg Management.
"That would generate a lot more foot traffic during the daytime," she said.
Jeff Fortin, the city's Community Development Specialist, agreed foot traffic is a key in adding more businesses, including a small-scale grocery store, which he added was a type of store that was most requested from a study done in the Central City Master Plan.
But a grocery store won't happen until more people are living downtown to add to the overall density of downtown, Fortin said.
In the meantime, the proposed new apartments could offer downtown a boost.
"These new apartments are all walkable to restaurants, art galleries, the riverfront," Fortin said, "so it's an exciting time to see these developments come to downtown."
Your link to the biggest stories in the suburbs delivered Thursday mornings.
Enter your e-mail address above and click "Sign Up Now!" to begin receiving your e-mail newsletter Get the Newsletter!
- Waukesha woman accused of stabbing boyfriend: 'you mess with me, you get cut'
- Several animals die in Waukesha house fire
- Multiple railroad crossings in Waukesha to receive repairs
- Editorial: It's time for the water fights to end
- Waukesha Community Briefs: Harp performers, Tribute concert series and more
- Waukesha Police Report: July 2, 2015 issue
- Parade, fireworks highlight Fourth of July festivities in Waukesha
- Top 10 things to do in Waukesha this summer
- Jury trials scheduled for Waukesha gas station homicide suspects
- Committee moves proposed downtown Waukesha apartment forward