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Victory Garden Initiative is giving new life to an old tavern in the Harambee neighborhood

A former tavern on the corner of Richards St. and Concordia Ave. in the Harambee neighborhood is getting a major renovation.

The property will be reconfigured as the future home of Victory Garden Initiative.

You may have already seen that this previously boarded up corner tavern has recently gotten a colorful facelift by muralist Stacey Williams-Ng. The wrap-around painting is a tribute to the women of the food movement in Milwaukee. It's also one of the first signs of life in the new Victory Garden Initiative headquarters.

The former Schlitz tied house is located across the street from the nonprofit's community garden space. It has been used for storage in recent years.

Once the project is complete, it will reopen as a community hub, providing urban agriculture education and an on-site cafe with offerings from the garden. The upper level will be used for the organization's offices.

A grand opening is planned for this fall.

Click the player above to learn more about the project and the history of the building in this week's episode of Urban Spelunking with OnMilwaukee's Bobby Tanzilo.

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