Innovation and Wellness Commons
Fix Development provided guidance for project decisions involving funding, financing, design, tenant recruitment, construction and property start-up for this catalytic development project.
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Phase I construction was completed with tenant occupancy occurring in Fall 2015. Phase II is under development in 2020. Walnut Way set three major goals for The Commons:
Social and Cultural Impact:
- Create sustainable programs, products and services of restoration and healing, providing access in which individual wellbeing and neighborhood quality of life are cultivated.
- Nurture and enhance connections among neighbors, organizations and valuable resources to improve individual health and quality of life, and strengthen a neighborhood culture of wellness.
- Deepen shared investment in the neighborhood through a comprehensive economic strategy for enterprise development, leading to the creation of job training and employment opportunities for residents.
- Design and position worker- owned businesses by leveraging the programs and financial resources of the Commons’ anchor institutions.
- Build a beautiful, environmentally sustainable campus that will be a catalyst in restoring vitality to the North Avenue commercial corridor.
- Expand the Walnut Way campus of gardens and neighborhood environmental center, to a commercial location.
- Engage the best ecological practices in architecture design and structure for this commercial facility
- Incorporate craftsmanship in preservation and the use of sustainable materials
- Provides shared space for community gatherings and environmental education.