What is The Block?

$30+ Million Redevelopment effort to revitalize the entire block within the Harambee Community in Milwaukee, WI on MLK Drive.

Meet the Developer

Lavelle Young is a proud Milwaukee native and a self starter. He is the Founder and CEO of Young Development Group, where he is leading the redevelopment of the Milwaukee Martin Luther King Jr. Library. 


In the years 2017-2019, Lavelle served as the Statewide Chairman of the Democratic Black Caucus of Wisconsin, Political Advocacy Co-Chair for the Milwaukee Urban League Young Professionals, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha LINC Committee and Board Treasurer for the New Economy Credit Union. He is also an alumnus of other reputable programs such as New Leaders Council, Cardinal Stritch University African American Leadership Program, LISC’s Associates of Commercial Real Estate and United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha ProjectLEAD.


Outside of his Development Company, Lavelle continues to serve as a Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Public Allies Milwaukee and Team Lead for the African American Leadership Alliance of Milwaukee Sustainability Circle. Lavelle believes that leadership should be done by example and should foster a chain reaction which will create a pipeline of future leaders.

Pledge your support and interest in participating in a community ownership models of The Block


To educate and empower community members with tools and resources to build and sustain community wealth.


An empowered community that is self-sustained through collective wealth building strategies.


Aspiring to preserve the cultural and historical integrity of Bronzeville Milwaukee, the Building Blocks in Bronzeville project is an opportunity for community members to pledge support and interest in participating in a community ownership model of The Block.


The effort proposed by Young Development Group seeks to utilizes group economics as a way to build and empower the community through collective ownership of the project.  

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