May 2018 Newsletter


It's been an exciting past week for Downtown Kenosha! Last Friday, we attended the annual Main Street Awards and as I reflect on what's happening in downtown and the momentum being built, there's so much to look forward to.

I'm excited to share with you some updates in development, new business and upcoming events.

I look forward to seeing you downtown!


Nicole Thomsen
Downtown Development News
Lofts2, located in the heart of downtown Kenosha, developed by Bear Development, consists of 44 market rate units. Lofts2 consists of studio, one, and two bedroom apartments. 

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Weiskopf School
P lans are underway to turn the former Weiskopf School into a 14-unit apartment complex located at 812 50th St with the intent to do a high-quality, loft and apartment-style renovation .
The Residences at Library Park
Varian/Library Park ll LLC's development is underway to create a $12 million, 49-unit rental complex at 720 59th Place.

The Stella 

Kenosha’s historic Heritage House Inn, built in 1916, is being redeveloped by Gorman & Company into an 80-room boutique hotel.

The building at 5706 8th Ave in Downtown Kenosha will undergo a complete renovation and, along with the 80 new guest rooms, will feature a new pub-style restaurant, a rooftop bar, and a 4,000-square-foot banquet hall and ballroom. A new addition is being built directly to the south of the historic building, which will house 65 of the 80 modern guest rooms. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2019. The hotel is expected to employ up to 75 people.
New Businesses
Iron Horse Winery
5000 7th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140

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Manhard Consulting
5707 6 th Ave, Kenosha, WI 53140

llinois-based civil engineering firm opens office in Kenosha.

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Downtown Kenosha Inc. Earns Statewide Recognition At Wisconsin Main Street Awards Ceremony
"Best Upper Floor - Commercial" -  Alex Kudrna  &  Backyard Dream Studios/The O Coworking Space

"Best Business Recruitment & Retention Initiative" - Retail Strategy Team, consisting of municipal leaders from Salem, Bristol, Kenosha County,  Kenosha Area Business Alliance , City of Kenosha, Downtown Kenosha, Inc. (DKI),  Village of Pleasant Prairie  and Somers

"Best Special Event-Honorable Mention" - Downtown Kenosha Pop-Up Beer Garden in partnership with  Milwaukee Brewing Company  &  WiRED Properties

"Volunteer of the Year" -  Robert Lichter

Upcoming Events
WI Marathon
Saturday, May 5

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Craft Beer Week
May 12-20

The craft beer community downtown is remarkable! Check out the participating downtown businesses take over this week in special events and specials!

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