Bronzeville ThriveOn King Project Will Include Versiti Blood Donation Site
The upcoming ThriveOn King mixed-use development in the Bronzeville area of Milwaukee will include a blood donation center.
Versiti Blood Center of Wisconsin plans to open the 3,500 square foot facility in 2023 at ThriveOn King, 2153 N. King Drive.
It will help address health care disparities in neighborhoods through training and employment, education and blood donation, according to Versiti’s announcement.
“Versiti has been a proud part of the Milwaukee community for 75 years. While we’ve made great strides in addressing racial disparities in blood and organ donation, we know there’s still a lot of work to do,” said Chris Miskel, President and CEO.
“Through community advocacy and outreach, Versiti hopes to further establish itself as a trusted resource and agent of change for the donors and patients we serve,” Miskel said in a statement.
ThriveOn King is to convert the long-closed historic former Schuster department store into apartments, offices and other new uses, including a food hall and early childhood education center.
The project is named after the ThriveOn collaboration, which will focus on education, health, housing and other issues in 100,000 square feet of office and research space.
This partnership will include community engagement programs at the Medical College of Wisconsin at Wauwatosa and a new home for the offices of the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
“Versiti’s commitment to health equity and community resources aligns with ThriveOn Collaboration’s dedication to making generational investments in the well-being of Milwaukee communities aimed at eliminating disparities. racial, health, economic and social,” said Greg Wesley, co-leader of the ThriveOn collaboration.
“Providing new resources and opportunities to the community, based on their feedback and collaboration, is a key goal coming to fruition,” Wesley said in a statement.
Construction work on the project was originally scheduled to begin in the spring of 2021, but was delayed by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and rising construction costs.
It was supposed to start in February. But the renovations haven’t started yet.
Meanwhile, Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy, a charter school, filed plans with city officials to develop a four-story high school at 2212-2218 N. Phillips Ave. – a site next to the ThriveOn project now occupied by vacant land and a warehouse.
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