Through a series of public workshops and steering committee meetings, a new and exciting comprehensive vision and streetscape master plan for The Village emerged that focused on enhancing its place as a unique dining and shopping destination within the greater Milwaukee area. Building on the groundwork laid during the master planning process, Saiki Design worked as part of a multi-disciplinary team to craft a design that accomplishes an elegant, modern update that also enhances and celebrates the existing historic character of The Village. Careful attention was paid to the selection of streetscape materials that are compatible with architectural features in The Village as well as the natural elements found along the Menomonee River. An interactive water feature serves as the focal point and enlivens a pedestrian plaza that is flanked by existing outdoor dining space; its materials pay homage to the unique history of the area.
The streetscape enhancements address pedestrian safety and vehicular access through unique design strategies including reverse-angle parking, shared-use flexible outdoor spaces, designated bike lanes and the use of high-quality materials. Concrete pavers, street furniture, accent lighting, limestone seating and plantings are repeated along the corridor to unify and enhance the pedestrian experience. Silva cells and specialized soil blends optimize growing conditions for street trees and planting beds.