Green Bay has a classic urban waterfront downtown with a mix of old and new buildings, an active riverfront, major employers, and large civic institutions. There are over 11,000 employees downtown and over 100 programmed events throughout the year. The City has an active port that partially operates along the downtown riverfront, as well as both public and private marinas that activate the river Legendary Lambeau Field is within a short 8-minute drive from downtown Green Bay. Downtown’s office occupancy rate is currently at 95%.
The city is currently soliciting interest in several downtown sites including an historic hotel, the Northland (link to RFQ), and several sites along the Fox River (downtown riverfront RFQ). All of the sites are adjacent to offices, retail, entertainment, dining and housing; and are all zoned for “Downtown” (i.e. mixed) uses.
The City’s new Children’s Museum and Neville Public Museum are both located downtown along the river. The Children’s Museum is part of a new mixed-use project called The Watermark that, when completed in Spring 2012, will also include retail and offices. A new $50 million corporate headquarters and R&D center for one of the City’s major corporations will also break ground in 2012 within a few hundred feet of the riverfront. Very close nearby, the City is working toward a $19 million expansion of its downtown convention center – a facility which is currently responsible for attracting over 250,000 of the downtown’s one million annual visitors.