US: Milwaukee nonprofit plans $7 million expansion

A Milwaukee nonprofit group that helps teens earn money while working to grow produce, flowers, and other greenery is planning a $7 million development. Teens Grow Greens will build several greenhouses and learning spaces at Weber's Greenhouse, 4215 N. Green Bay Ave., the group announced.

Weber's, which Teens Grow Greens has owned and operated since 2018, serves as an experiential learning space for students and a store for people to buy flowers, herb, and vegetable plants — with all proceeds benefiting the group's programs.

The new project, dubbed The Green Acre, is designed to improve skill-building employment opportunities for youths, increase resources for residents of the Rufus King neighborhood, and stimulate economic development along Green Bay Avenue, according to the Thursday announcement.

The Green Acre will expand the group's mission to include gardening and cooking classes and space for community events — services neighborhood residents requested in a survey. Teens Grow Greens is partnering with Quorum Architects Inc. and Catalyst Construction on the project. The first phase will begin with the donation of the hoop houses on the southern end of the site in spring 2023.

It will include building the teaching and growing greenhouses, to be completed by United Greenhouse Systems. The first phase is to be done by fall 2023.

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