Kicked off in December of 2013, the Rock Renaissance Area Redevelopment and Implementation Strategy (ARISE) further assesses the issues present on particular sites and builds public awareness of the challenges and opportunities for redevelopment in downtown and on the river. It also presents relatively well-articulated redevelopment strategies – including action steps needed (potential cost implications, funding sources, strategic partnerships, etc.) for the area. The ARISE Plan is a playbook for action that the city can use when working with developers, land owners, elected officials, and businesses downtown to encourage and guide cleanup and redevelopment of declining sites near the river downtown.
The Town Square
The Phase 1 transformation of the ARISE Plan is the creation of the Town Square in the area between Milwaukee Street to the north, Main Street to the east, Court Street to the south and River Street to the west. The Town Square will consist of amenities such as a pedestrian bridge, riverwalks that celebrate the Rock River, a Great Lawn gathering space and a festival street. Contingent upon funding, the City intends to complete the Town Square by 2020.