June Moberly, Executive Director
Located just west of downtown, Historic Concordia/Avenues West Association, formerly known as Avenues West Association serves a densely populated urban neighborhood. The neighborhood’s 90-square blocks offer recreation, business, education and varied living opportunities to almost 30,000 people. Historic Concordia/Avenues West is bounded by I-43 on the east, 27th Street on the west, I-94 on the south and Highland Avenue on the north.
The mission of Historic Concordia/Avenues West is to significantly reduce violent crime and the fear of violent crime, drug sales, prostitution, and other incidents that destroy the quality of life in the targeted corridor; stabilize the neighborhood; increase the feeling of safety among the residents; establish strong community partnerships; and increase the credibility of the police within the neighborhood.
Before its incorporation in 1987, the Association was known as the Avenues West Neighborhood Association and was dedicated to the revitalization and development of the historic “Grand Avenue” district.
The Association serves as an advocate for development and revitalization, aesthetic enhancements, cooperative marketing and planning, networking, and the promotion of safety throughout the neighborhood. Historic Concordia/Avenues West partners with the Avenues West Business Improvement District (BID No. 10), to provide leadership in promoting community stability, balance of land uses and economic development. The BID, was formed in late 1992 and continues to contract with the Association for staffing and goal implementation. Long-time resident, June Moberly, serves as the association’s executive full-time executive director.
In addition to coordinating the neighborhood’s Landlord Compact the Historic/Concordia Avenues West Association coordinates meetings for business operators and property owners on 27th Street. It has two Task Force groups, Safety and Security, and Economic Development, which include experts in each of the specified fields who work to improve conditions for the neighborhood. From 2008 through 2010, Avenues West was the sponsoring organization for the SOHI District Main Street program on 27th Street.
The Association also several general meetings each year featuring informational speakers. One of those meetings is the Association’s only fund raising event – the annual “Together We Can” Awards Luncheon and Silent Auction. This is where the Community Investment Award, the Impact Award, and any special recognition awards are presented.
The Historic Concordia/Avenues West Neighborhood Association is a vibrant, community-based initiative that is determined to maintain and revitalize one of Milwaukee’s most historic neighborhoods.