South SecondScape

Walker’s Point is a historically significant Milwaukee neighborhood that has transitioned from a predominantly industrial and warehousing past into a redeveloping residential and mixed-use commercial district. The Walker’s Point Association was organized to ensure the area continues to thrive by leveraging its historic character, prime geographic location, and strong community assets.

With its central location, many attractive, high density, mixed-use buildings, and traditional small-scale historic storefronts, South 2nd Street makes the ideal neighborhood main street. South 2nd Street was completely reconstructed in 2010 and the street infrastructure improvements were key initial steps to catalyzing economic redevelopment along this important commercial corridor.

The South SecondScape plan aims to create a cohesive, placemaking identity for Walker’s Point in a way that honors our past and reaches for our future, with the following goals:

  • Define and bring the whole area together with visibly integrated and unifying design elements.
  • Celebrate unique neighborhood traits.
  • Create contextual, interesting, and inviting spaces that activate streets and engage at the pedestrian level.

With a grant from the Mary Nohl Fund, the Walker’s Point Association has engaged Fix Development to lead the development and implementation of the South SecondScape plan.

Initially, the plan, with an emphasis on environmental sustainability, will focus on three elements:

  • custom-designed, iconic street planters
  • bike parking sculptures
  • wayfinding gateway markers

Project Artists

The initial artists on the project are profiled here. Other artists will be added as the project progresses.

Jennifer Espenscheid: Artist

The Soma Gallery
Jennifer Espenscheid was born in Spearfish South Dakota, attained her degree in Architecture and Urban Planning at UW-Milwaukee, and has been creating art throughout North America for the last 10 years. Beginning in San Francisco with murals, Jennifer’s custom & gallery work has afforded her a fun filled life & travel all over the world. Jennifer works with her clients to create pieces specific to the needs of a particular space and desire. Her art appears in corporate, residential and public settings and includes fine art, portraits, illustrations, facade design, and murals.

Chris Socha, AIA, LEED AP: Project Architect

The Kubala Washatko Architects, Inc.
Chris Socha brings hands-on construction knowledge coupled with a strong interest in design philosophy to every project. His commitment to ensuring design integrity in a collaborative work environment makes him an integral team member. Chris has a Masters in Architecture from UW-Milwaukee. Projects include the new Alterra Bakery in Bay View, the Alterra Coffee Roasters renovation on Prospect Avenue, including Milwaukee’s first bike corral and the Milwaukee Public Market.

Ryan Foat: Principal and Creative Director

Oxbow Studio
Ryan Foat manages all projects from conception through to completion, assuring quality and client satisfaction. He holds a degree in Industrial Design Technologies from the Art Institute of Seattle, Washington as well as a degree in Sculpture and an Integrated Liberal Studies Certificate from UW-Madison. Ryan developed his project management, design, and technical building skills through years of experience as Fabrication and Production Director at a Milwaukee area design/build firm and as a working Sculptor.

Alison (Ali) Carlucci: Director of Marketing and PR for Renaissance Theaterworks

Renaissance Theaterworks

Ali Carlucci is most passionate about strengthening interdisciplinary relationships within the Milwaukee arts community.  Ali has worked for Art Milwaukee since their founding and has recently completed her Masters Degree in Architecture from UW-Milwaukee.  She is a mixed media artist with a focus on designing with salvaged materials.  Her design/build projects bridge the art and architecture fields and include an inhabitable sculpture for Wraparound Milwaukee’s county grounds and a ceiling installation for Roast Coffee Company on the East Side.

To see the precursor to South SecondScape, download SouthSecond Street Reconstruction Case Study.