Neighbors, educators invited to meeting about MPS’ proposal for an innovative, first-in-region teacher housing facility

MILWAUKEE – Milwaukee Public Schools is inviting neighbors and educators to a Tuesday, Nov. 19 meeting to share input on the district’s Request for Proposals to redevelop the former Dover Street School in the city’s Bay View neighborhood into an innovative, first-in-the-region teacher housing facility.

In February, Teachtown MKE, a collaboration created to support and retain new Milwaukee educators, began discussing bringing the innovative teacher housing concept seen in cities including Baltimore and Philadelphia to Milwaukee. The goal: to foster mentoring and collaboration among educators.

The Union Mill, Baltimore, Md.

The Union Mill, Baltimore, Md.

MPS identified the former Dover site as the best choice for the facility, in part because of what Bay View offers: a vibrant, safe neighborhood with a walkable business district and access to public transportation.

Earlier this month, MPS and the Milwaukee Department of City Development issued the Request for Proposals to developers, who would be required to create a project that will be fully taxable and increase the city’s tax base. The housing would be operated privately.

At the meeting hosted by Milwaukee Public Schools and Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski, community members will have the opportunity to weigh in on potential elements of the development. Those include: green space, the tot lot, a community garden, bike storage, parking, car sharing, sustainable building features, the resident application process, a fitness center and concierge services for residents such as dry cleaning.

The meeting is set for Tuesday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Humboldt Park Pavilion, 3000 S. Howell Avenue, Milwaukee 53207. The pavilion can be accessed from the park road at E. Oklahoma Avenue and S. Pine Avenue.

Advantages of the Bay View teacher housing proposal including converting unused space into vibrant housing with professional neighbors; on-site parking for residents; an agreement on sharing parking with St. Lucas; adding to the city’s tax rolls; and continued use of the playground by St. Lucas and the community.

Other cities with similar developments found, among other things, that the teacher housing facilities spurred economic development and neighborhood revitalization; and provided teachers with a peer-support community. Teachers reported that living in the housing facilities made their job easier.

More information can be found at Community members who are unable to attend can share thoughts by email to


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