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MILWAUKEE (July 13, 2020) Construction will soon begin for the future home of the intergenerational housing community on the north side of Mount Mary’s campus.

The $45 million housing development by Mount Mary University, the School Sisters of Notre Dame Central Pacific Province and Milwaukee Catholic Home will provide a vibrant, intergenerational living environment for Sisters and seniors, and an educational and supportive housing option for single mothers who are students at Mount Mary University.

The project is moving forward with careful environmental considerations:

  • In preparation for this work, approximately 300 trees were removed from the construction zone west of the wooded area along Burleigh Street. The majority of these trees (255 total) consisted of non-native Scotch pine trees that were diseased and reaching their end of life.
  • The 10-acre forested area on the northeast side of campus adjacent to the construction area will not be affected by the construction project. This area includes a high-quality second-growth southern mesic forest. This type of forest, with soaring canopy trees and great biodiversity, is rare in Milwaukee County and a treasured campus resource.
  • To ensure the environment aligns with the campus and the landscape, a number of mitigation features are included in the design, including 6,000 square feet of rain garden plantings, and a retention pond to minimize water runoff.
  • Native plants will be integrated throughout the grounds.
  • The parking lot will utilize porous pavers, supported by a $1.3 million grant from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.

To identify the tree removal necessary for this project, Mount Mary engaged two arborists from the engineering firm R.A. Smith to study the area, complete an inventory to identify and assess the health of all trees, and to identify “legacy” trees of ecological significance. All the legacy trees have been protected and preserved during this process. 

The removal method is consistent with best management practices standards set by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

These trees have been – and remain – a valuable resource to the campus environment and they will continue to contribute to the good of all:

  • The pine trees will be transported to paper mills in Kaukauna, Wis., to be repurposed.
  • The remaining hardwood trees will be used for various purposes. The boards from several trees will be integrated into the design of interior walls for our new buildings, including bur oak, sugar maple, hickory, elm, ash and pine.
  • The remaining lumber will be sold and used for saw logs and other construction.

“As this project moves forward, the Mount Mary grounds will bear the effects of temporary disruption,” said Mount Mary President Christine Pharr, Ph.D. “But as partners, we stand committed in our care for God’s creation and in our vision of an intergenerational community that is truly built for all.”

“This type of project is only possible when sustainability is present, both in spirit and in practice,” said Pharr.

As the construction process begins, regular updates will be posted on our website. 

Milwaukee Catholic Home is delighted to welcome John Cary as the newest member of our Leadership Team. John, president and chair of our Board of Directors, is Milwaukee Catholic Home’s Fund Development Officer.

Cary’s experience and commitment to the Milwaukee Catholic Home mission make him the perfect fit for this position; Cary was Executive Director of the MACC Fund, Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, for nearly 37 years before his retirement in 2018. The MACC Fund contributed over $63 million over these years for childhood cancer and blood disorder research.
“I have been fortunate to have a relationship with the Milwaukee Catholic Home for nearly a decade as a member of its Board of Directors” says Cary. “The Board shares the commitment of excellence of MCH’s Leadership which is so ably led by Dave Fulcher.  With this backdrop, I am excited to be part of the Mission Advancement Team working with Dave Fulcher, Caitlin Elftman and the rest of the dedicated staff at this time of growth and expansion.”
Cary’s new role is part of a Senior Management strategy to seek professional assistance for fundraising and development. With the assistance of other Leadership Team members, John’s work will include increasing giving through intentional and specific outreach, develop clear and compelling messages around the good work MCH is doing, create awareness of the new Trinity Woods campus, and implement a realistic, long-term fund development program with targets and a disciplined approach to raising money for ministry in service of older adults.
“I look forward to meeting the residents, staff, donors, and supporters. Their stories are part of the fabric of the rich history of the Milwaukee Catholic Home’s “Life Engaged” which is evolving and growing.” Cary further explains. “I am grateful for this wonderful opportunity to become a more active member of the Milwaukee Catholic Home family.”