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Months after drawing an estimated 100,000 people to downtown`s Deer District, the Milwaukee Bucks might revise the basketball team`s development plans for sites near Fiserv Forum.
That reevaluation is partly motivated by the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on how people live, work and play, said Peter Feigin, Milwaukee Bucks president.
And it might result in more public space within those now vacant sites, he said Wednesday at a Newsmaker Luncheon event sponsored by the Milwaukee Press Club...
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Ken Notes: The crowds definitely put Milwaukee on the map during the NBA finals. Thus adding a public space is a great idea, alas how do you monetize it -- concerts, viewing parties, dances, maybe a sports field??? The renewed Breese Stevens Field in Madison is doing well...
With the city poised to absorb most of the town of Madison next year, planners are sketching out a new vision for the evolving South Side that could include hundreds of millions of dollars in development and improvements between Wingra Creek and the Beltline.
The latest development concepts, based partly on community feedback this summer, are aspirational at this point. But they will be part of a coming South Madison Plan, to be introduced to the City Council later this fall and possibly adopted in 2022...
Ken Notes: Great article by Judy, and welcome back Isthmus...
MADISON (WKOW) -- Officials and developers held a ceremonial groundbreaking for phase one of the Madison Yards project Wednesday.
The mixed-use space is located at the intersection of University Ave. and N. Segoe Rd. It`s near Hilldale Mall.
Phase one of Madison Yards includes nearly 300 luxury apartments, 142,000 sq. ft. of office space, 11,000 sq. ft. of retail space, plus a 50,000 sq. ft. Whole Foods and a central green space.
The full Madison Yards development site is 21 acres.
Phase one is slated to open in 2022.... ...more
Ken Notes: WOW!
The Bucyrus Foundation will distribute $10 million over the next decade to support economic development, schools, nonprofits and revitalization efforts in South Milwaukee.
The gift will be dealt out as a series of annual $1 million donations for the next 10 years and will be administered through the City of South Milwaukee and South Milwaukee School District, the foundation announced Thursday.
The donations will fund an array of initiatives, including the redevelopment of downtown South Milwaukee, “potentially laying a foundation for the creation of an entity focused on investments in property acquisition and rehabilitation, business attraction and retention, public improvements, marketing, events and other initiatives aimed at revitalizing South Milwaukee’s city center,” the foundation said.
The foundation will also direct $2 million of its gift to the South Milwaukee School District to fund investments in athletics and STEM and manufacturing career education....
Ken Notes: Thank you!
Plans are proceeding for a 67-unit affordable apartment development on Milwaukee`s near south side after a previous proposal failed to materialize at the site.
Cardinal Capital Management Inc. plans to develop the four-story building at 1127-1135 S. Chavez Drive, according to information filed with the Milwaukee Board of Zoning Appeals.
The $15.1 million development, known as Cesar Chavez Apartments, would include 44 parking spaces in an underground garage and 23 parking spaces in the exterior alley way, according to the board filing.... ...more
A development which would create new live-work space for artists in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville is proceeding — boosting the neighborhood while also helping artists find a place of their own.
And that complements a long-term goal of creating a cultural and entertainment district in Bronzeville, a historic area centered on West North Avenue between North King Drive and I-43.
The project’s pending $246,000 first phase involves renovating a four-unit apartment building at 334-340 W. Meinecke Ave...
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Ken Notes: I love this idea! We also need to create affordable living space for the "artists" that prepare and serve our food, make our beds, and sell us our products. If we can not integrate affordable living spaces for our service and retail workers into our neighborhoods we do not deserve the quality of life they provide... Also the government has been trying to solve this problem for decades and has really not succeed. We need a new plan --- I would look at Habitat, Smaller Units with shared amenities, Micro homes (integrated into existing neighborhoods), and housing integrated into retail developments, just to name a few...
Gorman & Co. and Lutheran
Social Services are seeking city funds to help convert the Madison Plaza
Hotel, 3841 E. Washington Ave., into lower-cost housing.
In a novel approach to grow its affordable housing options, the city of Madison is pursuing the purchase of a hotel to convert it to housing for people experiencing homelessness and those who are lower income or housing insecure.
The city is planning to use $2.5 million earmarked for a potential hotel conversion project with American Rescue Plan Act funds it received during the pandemic.
additional $5 million is expected to be available from the federal
Housing and Urban Development department. The city is awaiting
guidelines regarding the use of the HUD funds and once issued, plans to
pursue the purchase of a hotel with the goal of converting it to
Ken Notes: or this!
Despite the end of the federal order banning evictions, local housing assistance for renters and landlords is still available.
The City Council approved Dane Core 2.0, a group of organizations providing resources to people struggling to meet their rent obligations — as well as offering help to landlords — earlier this week... ...more
APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) - Preparations are underway right now in the Fox Valley for the arrival of 100 Afghanistan refugees over the next several months.
Housing is already a concern, and on Wednesday Appleton’s Community and Economic Development Committee took up a resolution to ensure it’s a priority to find those families a home.
“This resolution does have a call to action that I think is important,” said City Alder Vered Meltzer.... ...more
Ken Notes: A perfect opportunity to explore new options. Lets build quick solid small homes in existing neighborhoods. We can do this, we need to do this and if our new refugees provide and "excuse" to try this - perfect.
A dog park planned for downtown Milwaukee has won a $25,000 grant to help finance the $750,000 development.
The 12,000-square-foot park would be located along West Clybourn Street between North Plankinton Avenue and the Milwaukee River, beneath I-794.
PetSafe, which makes dog fences, leashes and other items, announced that Milwaukee is one of five communities to be awarded a $25,000 Bark for Your Park grant to help build the dog park... ...more
Wisconsin companies currently have job openings
that could be lifechanging for the right individuals, turning what’s
been a miserable pandemic into something positive.
As of Sept. 1, there were 119,544 openings listed just on the state Department of Workforce Development’s Wisconsin Jobs Center website.
been this cocktail of issues that are both keeping people out of the
job market and are also exasperating the number of job openings,” said
Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of
Stay up to date by reading our MadREP Report, a bi-monthly newsletter that features regional economic development news, events and opportunities.
The state plans to provide grants between $250,000 and $10 million to regional programs that address workforce needs.
Wisconsin received $100 million from the federal American Recovery Plan Act to fund projects in local communities. Interested nonprofits or government entities should apply for the Workforce Innovation Grant by 5 p.m. on Oct. 25 and awards plan to be announced in November.
The state plans to have a second round of project funding in 2022...
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WEDC investment to help fund mixed-use development
MADISON, WI. SEPT. 7, 2021 – The City of Waupaca is receiving a $118,000 state grant to assist in the development of a mixed-use project in downtown Waupaca.
The Community Development Investment Grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will support renovations for the vacant downtown property to be transformed into commercial space and apartments.
“A vibrant downtown is crucial to a city’s overall economic health and its quality of life, which is why one of WEDC’s top priorities is to support communities throughout the state as they invest in improving their business districts,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “This project not only adds housing to the area but will also serve as a catalyst for future development and investment.”...
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A 218-unit, 10-building luxury multifamily development could be coming to Oak Creek.
The city’s common council reviewed a concept presented by David Decker of Decker Properties at its Sept. 7 meeting for the property at 8100 and 8146 S. 27th St. and 8100 S. Orchard Way.
The council unanimously approved an ordinance to rezone the parcel from the current A1 Agricultural and B4 Highway Business to RM1 Multifamily with a planned unit development.
The project has been in the works for a few years, according to Ald. Ken Gehl.
“I know this has been a grind,” he said...
HILLSBORO, Wis. (WKBT) – Mr. B’s Smokehouse Meats is the newest local business in Hillsboro.
Community leaders say they had cheese, they had beer, the only thing
that was missing was meat which is what helped them secure a community
development investment grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development
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Note: I changed the link here to Toms Twitter account. JS limits the number of articles I can read so I look at TD`s Twitter feed every week. I`ll Still include JS articles but after ten you need to subscribe.
I also updated the picture because, well Tom is getting old and development is taking it`s toll!!!
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Ken Notes: Tom Daykin is the source for ED news in MKE. This is a permanent link to articles in his blog which is updated daily...
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