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WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intent to
nominate the following two individuals to serve as key leaders on U.S.
foreign policy and aid:
Thomas Barrett, Nominee for Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Mayor of Milwaukee since 2004, Thomas Barrett is currently the nation’s longest-serving big city mayor. He has led great lakes mayors in both Canada and the U.S. as the chair of the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative, and spearheaded multiple clean, green initiatives in the city to clean up rivers, parks, and brownfields. He served five terms as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives and was a State Senator and State Representative in Wisconsin. Barrett received a B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a J.D. with honors from the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. He clerked for the Honorable Robert W. Warren, Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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...
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday he is giving an additional $25 million in federal funding to the state`s two largest transit systems after Republican lawmakers this summer sought to limit how much their budgets would grow.
Evers is providing Milwaukee County with $19.7 million and Madison with $5.2 million. Evers is using federal funds provided under the American Rescue Plan that Congress passed this year... ...more
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...
Apple supplier Foxconn`s electric vehicle (EV) project with Byton has been put on hold due to the Chinese startup`s worsening financial situation, the Nikkei newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified sources with knowledge of the matter.
"The [Byton] project is not officially terminated yet, but it is very challenging to proceed at this moment," one of the sources told Nikkei Asia...
...Foxconn and EV manufacturer Fisker Inc said in May that they had finalized a vehicle-assembly deal. They did not identify a location, but Fisker`s CEO said Foxconn`s Wisconsin site was a possibility.
In a statement, Foxconn said it had begun discussions with Wisconsin.
"Foxconn has engaged the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to discuss the company`s plans for electric vehicle manufacturing. Foxconn is optimistic about our partnership with WEDC and looks forward to ongoing discussions," it added.
A Wisconsin Economic Development Corp spokesman said the agency does not comment on any potential talks until a contract is executed...
Ken Notes: Like computers in the 80`s, EV`s will be a tough market, remember Compaq and even apple made the Lisa and the Newton. Lets get Foxconn in the dirt asap as the market shakes out. The good news is that Foxconn has a lot of irons in the fire including including Fisker, China`s Byton and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, and Stellantis NV`s Fiat Chrysler. One or two should make it to market and succeed.
Progressive energy companies are rushing to corner the growing hydrogen market, excited as they see this renewable fuel’s cost steadily drop and as they prioritize decarbonization.
As they work to stay ahead of the pack, they need to put time and thought into building out and implementing these projects. There are complex technical and regulatory considerations; safety is also priority one at every step when managing this flammable, compressed gas.
As the market takes off, there is a need for scaled development along the whole supply chain, and some developers are rising to the occasion for more control and more opportunity. Rather than only build fueling stations, they buy into vertically integrated hydrogen networks to produce, transport and distribute hydrogen. But these multifaceted projects present even more complexity— calling for a team with highly specialized, comprehensive skill sets.... ...more
Ken Notes: Great read....
Tommy Thompson is heading into surgery Thursday morning after a water skiing accident, according to a post on his Facebook page.
The former governor and current University of Wisconsin System interim president is just about a couple months shy of his 80th birthday. He said he needs the surgery to "have my bicep reattached to the tendon."
UW System spokesman Mark Pitsch said this morning that Thompson is "in a little pain and getting it taken care of."
Pitsch did not immediately respond to an inquiry into if there was a sense of how long Thompson would be in recovery or when he`d be back in the office following the procedure... ...more
Ken Notes: I remain a huge Tommy fan, I always enjoyed working with him and watching him work. He listens evaluates and compromises when need to move thing forward. And at 80 he is water skiing so not totally brilliant but close...
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Wisconsin communities can now apply for $100 million in grants to find solutions to workforce challenges, Gov. Tony Evers announced Wednesday.
The funds are meant for local and regional projects in Wisconsin that focus on long-term solutions for businesses to find workers and workers to connect with employers.
“I’m proud of the investments we’ve made to ensure our economy can recover from the hardships of the last year, but we can’t just go back to the economy we had going into the pandemic—we need to make investments that will address our longstanding workforce challenges and prepare our communities for long-term success,” said Gov. Evers.
Awards range from $250,000 up to $10 million. There will be two rounds of funding awarded.
Oliv Madison, a 10-story development that would bring student housing to the State Street area, goes before the Urban Design Commission on Wednesday to seek final approval of its design.
The Oliv, which is being proposed by Core Spaces, would include a mixture of affordable student housing as well as retail space and a business incubator run by Florida-based Collective And Co.
The Urban Design Commission is the proposal’s first hurdle towards gaining city approval. UDC reviews the design of buildings, how they fit with the surrounding neighborhood, approves the types of materials used, and gives development teams key architectural feedback. Typically, a development presents at UDC first and then goes on to seek approval from the Plan Commission, which essentially oversees the granting of permits to build at a certain location.... ...more
Aug 26, 2021 - Governor Tony Evers announced two new competitive grant programs on August 24 to help communities across Wisconsin rebound and recover from the coronavirus pandemic by providing $250 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding to help communities build long-term, sustainable economic success.
The announcement included a $200 million Neighborhood Investment Fund grant program, as well as a $50 million Healthcare Infrastructure Capital Investment grant program for transformational capital projects that will help neighborhoods recover from the pandemic and that address the equity gap in state—like housing projects, transit and childcare solutions, and increasing access to healthcare in underserved communities.
“Wisconsin continues to rebound and recover from the coronavirus pandemic, but at the end of the day, we don’t want to just recover,” said Governor Evers. “If we want to see Wisconsin’s families, communities, and economy succeed for years to come, then we need to make the investments today to build long-term, sustainable economic wellbeing for tomorrow. And what better place to make those investments than in our people and our neighborhoods so every Wisconsinite has access to the infrastructure and resources to thrive.”...
Two development projects are in the works that will bring state-of-the-art buildings to Madison’s west side.
The Plan Commission this week approved a mixed-use development to be located in UW Research Park on Madison’s west side near Midvale Heights. The development was unanimously approved during the consent agenda portion of Plan Commission’s meeting and did not face any public opposition or scrutiny.
Element Collective, located at 421 Charmany Drive, will be a place where office employees are able to work, live and recreate, while also providing large spaces for dining and exercise.,,, ...more
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!
Leaders and officials in Wisconsin’s rural communities must be creative and work together to turn around decades of decline and build sustainable local economies, experts said at a WisPolitics event held in La Crosse on Tuesday.
The results of Wisconsin’s 2020 census show declining populations in many rural areas and a 4% decrease in the number of children in the state as Wisconsinites increasingly cluster near urban areas such as Madison or the Twin Cities suburbs. Meanwhile agriculture, long the backbone of the state’s rural economy, is declining as family farms are forced out of business and those who remain expand to survive.
But there is opportunity, speakers at the event held at Western Technical College said. Billions of dollars are set to flow into rural communities as part of the American Rescue Plan Act, the federal COVID-19 relief bill passed earlier this year, and potentially through a $1 trillion infrastructure bill already passed by the Senate....
Ken Notes: There is a lot of potential but we need to be creative and remember what we do best. Factory farms are replacing our family operations, we have been slow to embrace organics and farm to table, our grads are leaving the state not to mention the rural communities they came from. We are only scratching the surface of apprenticeship and school to work options. We do not have any real rural entrepreneurial programs or rural co-working space or mentorship programs. We believe houses can not be modular and must be 2400 sq feet. There are few shared community amenities and no arts, theatre, or gathering spaces. Our state parks are full yet we are not building more. Finally we want to point fingers (not to mention throw money at) schools, broadband, health care and other things that require density not money to fix. If our rural communities worked together we could solve much of the problem.
New Cash Payment Program Is Part Of A Scramble To Attract Workers
A new program in Fond du Lac will pay people who move there to work as much as $15,000.
It`s an innovative effort to address workforce shortages, which economic development officials call the single biggest challenge for local businesses.
The Fond du Lac County Worker Relocation Incentive Program offers a 50 percent reimbursement to employers that offer the bonuses to adult, full-time employees who move from outside of the county for jobs. The incentives have tiers, from $4,000 for a worker earning $35,000 a year who signs a one-year lease in the county, up to a $15,000 payment for a worker who makes $65,000 a year or more and buys a house....
Ken Notes: Wow...
MADISON (WKOW) -- Madison Mayor Satya-Rhodes Conway released her 2022 Executive Capital Budget and five-year Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Tuesday.
The plan highlights green energy, housing and public transit as areas of focus.
In a news release from the City of Madison, Rhodes-Conway said that Madison is still working through the many difficulties presented by the ongoing COVID-19. As such, she said it`s important for the city to provide financial support for both businesses and people struggling with the pandemic... ...more
MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Governor Tony Evers on Monday, Aug. 23, announced the development of the Wisconsin Help for Homeowners (WHH) program, intending to provide approximately $92.7 million in critically needed assistance to eligible homeowners in Wisconsin. The State is partnering with the Wisconsin Community Action Program Network (WISCAP), member agencies, Office of the State Treasurer, and Take Root Wisconsin to develop the program.
“We’re working to ensure that every family, household, and community has the resources to rebound and recover,” said Gov. Evers. “We know this type of program is sorely needed to help folks keep a roof over their heads, and will be key to helping Wisconsin homeowners bounce back.” ...more
ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (Aug. 24, 2021) – Wixon, Inc., a trusted manufacturer of custom taste solutions for food, beverage, and nutrition companies is expanding its facilities in St. Francis – a more than $15 million project expected to create 40 jobs over the next three years.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is supporting the project by authorizing up to $200,000 in state income tax credits over the next three years. The actual amount of tax credits Wixon, Inc. will receive is contingent upon the number of jobs created...
MIDDLETON, WIS. — Lee & Associates has brokered the sale of a one-acre site at 2644 Branch St. in Middleton, just northwest of Madison. The sales price and seller were undisclosed. John Walsh of Lee & Associates represented the buyer, Branch Street Properties LLC. The buyer plans to build a luxury apartment building rising three stories with 36 units...
Michels Corp. has about 170 people working in the new office building at its R1ver development in Milwaukee, and vice president Tim Michels expects to increase that count in the coming years...
A 17-month COVID-19 economic impact survey conducted by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Center for Customized Research and Services (CCRS) collected feedback from 3,500 Wisconsin business leaders to help shape policies and strategies to assist in recovering from the pandemic.
The research showed an average income loss of more than $150,000 reported by 138 businesses that completed the full study.
New North President Barb LaMue said the research project—a partnership between UW Oshkosh, the state’s nine Regional Development Organizations and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation—helped determine the types of resources that businesses required to navigate the pandemic...
(WFRV) – The Department of Workforce Development (DWD) announced the award of the Worker Connection Program resources to two workforce development areas (WDAs).
According to officials, the two WDAs selected were WDA 2 which includes Milwaukee County and WDA 5 which includes multiple counties including Florence, Marinette, Oconto, Outagamie, Menominee, Shawano, Brown, Kewaunee, Door, Manitowoc and Sheboygan.
the WDAs were reportedly selected based on multiple factors including:
- Unemployment challenges
- Health outcomes
- Industrial sector changes
In what could be a model, a developer and a social services provider are proposing a $23.4 million conversion of the Madison Plaza hotel near East Towne to lower-cost housing, including some units targeted to those with extremely low incomes.
Gorman & Co. and Lutheran Social Services are seeking $2 million in city financial aid to convert the two-story, 197-room hotel at 3841 E. Washington Ave. into permanent housing with 105 units, all restricted to those making no more than 60% of Dane County median income, or $55,680 for a family of three. ...more
An urban sports complex is being proposed for a 22-acre site on Milwaukee`s north side, just west of Interstate 43 and north of West Capitol Drive.
Known as The Opportunity Center, the 300,000-square-foot facility would make sports and wellness activities accessible to all people, regardless of race, gender, age, level of experience, ability or disability, according to a Thursday announcement.
It is planned for 4206-4450 N. Green Bay Ave.
The project`s development costs are estimated at $80 million, with the goal of opening the center by 2025...
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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 chef nominated for a James Beard Award is the new culinary director of research development for Rule No. One Hospitality Group, which runs Merchant and Lucille.
Chef Jon Nodler, 35, who got his nomination while working at a restaurant in Philadelphia, is moving back to the Madison area, where he got his start in the industry.
Meanwhile, Merchant closed temporarily this past weekend for about four months to get renovated.
Nodler, a UW-Madison graduate who grew up in the Minneapolis area, got his start in the restaurant business working at Bradbury`s Coffee, off Capitol Square, learning how to make crepes and shop at the Farmers` Market.... ...more
Ken Notes: WELCOME HOME!!!
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The University of
Wisconsin-Madison announced Monday the creation of their
Transdisciplinary Center for Research in Psychoactive Substances, a
research center dedicated to ongoing research and education in
According to a UW-Madison release,
the center will conduct research into the science, history and cultural
impact of psychedelic agents, as well as potential therapeutic use of
cannabis to psilocybin and MDMA (more commonly known as ecstasy),
psychoactive agents are the new frontier for potential new therapies and
medications,” Paul Hutson, founding center director and UW–Madison
School of Pharmacy professor said... ...more
Ken Notes: When the moon is in the seventh house...
Josh Delaney wanted a new home for his family —
something close to downtown Milwaukee but with features, including a
back yard and attached garage, that can be difficult to land in an urban
"We wanted the suburban home feel downtown. We couldn’t find that," Delaney said at a recent public hearing.
That led Delaney, who operates an online-based marketing firm, to become a developer of four new townhomes in the 1500 block of North Jefferson Street...
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Ken Notes: Great read, Tom Daykin goes beyond the surface of development stories in Milwaukee to highlight very interesting issues. My favorite example -- One of those units, at 2118 S. Aldrich St., is now listed for sale with Coldwell Banker Realty for $746,000. Its assessed value is $297,200.
The home buyer`s market
is fiercely competitive and accelerating the divide between who can
afford housing and who cannot. Joaquín Altoro, CEO of the Wisconsin
Housing and Economic Development Authority, explains how the pandemic
has illuminated and exacerbated the problem, and points toward potential
Ken Notes: Great read/listen but fails to mention margins, profit, zoning, transit, and the simple fact we are happy to allow other to serve us but not happy to allow them to build a small affordable home or apartment in our neighborhoods.
Alison Peralta, a midwife in Crawford County, has delivered hundreds of babies. But the county’s population has been in decline, not a good trend in her profession, as rural Wisconsin raises fewer kids.
The recently released 2020 U.S. census figures showed that Crawford ranked fourth among the state`s 72 counties for the biggest decline in population, percentage-wise, since 2010.... ...more
Ken Notes: Score is a great program...
MADISON—Unemployment rates dropped through most of Wisconsin in July.
Beloit, which had the second highest jobless rate among Wisconsin’s largest communities, recorded a rate of 7.1%, down from 7.8% in June and down from 9.4% in July of 2020, according to figures released Wednesday by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
Milwaukee recording the highest jobless rate in July at 7.4%, down from 8% in June and down from 11.7% in July of 2020...
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
Grant will help 200 individuals transition
from incarceration to the workforce in the 10-county region that
includes Douglas County.
A grant from the U.S. Department of Labor will help incarcerated individuals in 10 counties in Northwest Wisconsin make the transition from imprisonment to employment.
The Northwest Wisconsin Workforce Investment Board received $472,000 in federal grant funding through the labor department’s Reentry Program. It was one of four workforce development boards in Wisconsin to receive the funding.
The grant will provide short-term training, certifications, job placement and case management starting 30-180 days prior to a person`s release from incarceration...
MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - Late Tuesday night, the Madison Common Council voted unanimously to approve a new temporary campground in place of the current one at Reindahl Park.
The new site will be set up at 3202 Dairy Drive.
The council was voting on a resolution that due to COVID-19 and unsafe conditions at Reindahl Park, it constitutes a state of emergency. Which allows the city to start work on creating the new temporary campground.
Right now according to the Director City of Madison DPCED Community Development, Jim O’Keefe, anywhere from 50 to 60 people stay at Reindahl Park daily...
Ken Notes: Why not instead integrate a few tiny homes into more neighborhoods...
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.
OCEAN CITY — While it’s no secret Ocean City has an affordable seasonal workforce housing shortage, talks are underway between a developer and the city to address the issue.
During Monday’s Tourism Commission meeting, members reviewed a presentation from Holtz Builders of Wisconsin for potentially one or more dormitory-style seasonal workforce housing projects in or around the resort. Holtz Builders has had success in developing seasonal workforce housing in other resort areas. The company has expressed an interest in developing such a project in Ocean City to help with the resort’s critical seasonal employee shortage and affordable housing needs. Throughout the summer, there has been an acute seasonal labor shortage in the hospitality industry, forcing many businesses to close for a day or two or cut back hours of operation.... ...more
Ken Notes: This would work in Door County, Dells, Milwaukee, Madison, Up North...
Marion Body Works in the running this year
Marion Body Works Fire and Emergency has been nominated for the Coolest Thing Made In Wisconsin 2021.
The local company hopes area residents will vote for their fire trucks as the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin.
The first round of voting runs from Wednesday, Sept. 15, until Tuesday, Sept. 21.
Go to the Coolest Thing Made in Wisconsin website
to vote for Marion Body Works.... ...more
Ken Notes: or your favorite....
STEVENS POINT, Wis., Aug. 20, 2021 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wisconsin Rural Development Acting State Director Michelle Wallace announced that USDA awarded $182,000 in grants to help to help expand the availability of higher-blend, renewable biofuel in Wisconsin.
Wisconsin is one of 23 states in which USDA is investing $26 million through the Higher Blends Infrastructure Incentive Program (HBIIP). The funding will assist in increasing the use of biofuels derived from U.S. agricultural products to help rural America build back better... ...more
Josh Delaney wanted a new home for his family — something close to downtown Milwaukee but with features, including a back yard and attached garage, that can be difficult to land in an urban neighborhood.
"We wanted the suburban home feel downtown. We couldn’t find that," Delaney said at a recent public hearing..
That led Delaney, who operates an online-based marketing firm, to become a developer of four new townhomes in the 1500 block of North Jefferson Street.
Construction is to begin soon on the townhomes, known as the 1500s. They are among a series of new townhouses coming to Milwaukee neighborhoods that include the east side, downtown, Bay View, Riverwest and Halyard Park...
Ken Notes: Beautiful but way pricey.
A preliminary proposal for apartments at the South Milwaukee Bucyrus campus is now official, and larger than originally thought.
The preliminary proposal called for 150 apartments; the new full application from Scott Crawford, Inc. includes 167 apartment and loft-style units at 1100 Milwaukee Ave. across from Da Crusher statue in South Milwaukee’s downtown. The proposal, presented to the city`s plan commission on Aug. 31, would also include the construction of a new building on the campus, in addition to renovating the Heritage and Technical buildings to primarily residential housing.
“The community, maybe for the first time, can enjoy the space,” said Mayor Erik Brooks. “It’s a really interesting remix and redo.”... ...more
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
Food hall ramping up to 19 vendors by early next year
The long-awaited opening of 3rd Street Market Hall in downtown Milwaukee is almost here.
The food hall and entertainment venue, located inside The Avenue development on West Wisconsin Ave., is slated to open to the public on Oct. 18, said co-developer and restaurateur Omar Shaikh, in an interview with BizTimes Milwaukee.
However, 3rd Street Market Hall will make its debut on Oct. 4 during the Society of American Travel Writers’ annual convention, taking place in Milwaukee Oct. 3-7...
The city of Milwaukee and Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement
District No. 21 have selected the firms to assist with efforts to update
the Downtown Area Plan.
Milwaukee-based P3 Development Group will lead equity and engagement efforts throughout the planning process, according to a news release.
Several firms have been hired for urban-design services. They include Cedarburg-based The Kubala Washatko Architects, Kansas City-based HNTB, Milwaukee-based American Design Inc. and Brookfield-based raSmith...
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There isn’t much to see just yet, but in the not-too-distant future, the rebuild in the Uptown district of Kenosha is going to start taking shape.
And that could just be the start of what may be a flurry of activity in the months and even years ahead.
Three City of Kenosha officials, including Mayor John Antaramian, spoke last week about the state of affairs in Uptown, an area ravaged by the riots and civil unrest last summer. But it also is an area that was long struggling before the unrest. A fire just weeks before the riots leveled a storefront on the east side of 22nd Avenue. And, off 63rd Street, the failed Brassworks development sits mostly idle.... ...more
Two proposed downtown riverfront Milwaukee apartment towers have received another round of city approvals.
Both the 32-story 333 N. Water, to be developed at North Water Street and East St. Paul Avenue in the Historic Third Ward, and The Edison, a 15-story building coming to 1005 N. Edison St., won Plan Commission endorsements Monday.
Next will be a Common Council zoning review in September for 333 N. Water, with The Edison already meeting its location`s zoning requirements. Construction is to begin in May for 333 N. Water, with The Edison to start construction possibly by the end of this year... ...more
Milwaukee Brewing Co. wants to brew four times more beer.
The craft brewery wants to increase the brewing capacity at its 1128 N. 9th St. location from up to 50,000 barrels a year to 200,000 barrels a year, according to a filing with the City of Milwaukee.
Milwaukee Brewing has filed a request with the city`s Board of Zoning Appeals to occupy a portion of its location as a large alcohol beverage facility. The zoning change would let the brewery add more shifts so it could increase its brewing capacity, the filing said.... ...more
Milwaukee officials have hired a team of architecture and engineering firms to oversee a reimagining of the city’s downtown.
After starting an RFP process
last spring, city officials selected Kubala Washatko Architects, HNTB,
American Design and raSmith to provide urban design services as
Milwaukee begins drafting a new master plan for the city’s downtown.
Consultant P3 Development Group will also oversee equity and engagement
work on the project.
The revised downtown plan, called
“Connec+ing MKE 2040,” will modify the 2010 plan to guide land-use
decisions, the redevelopment of important sites and improvements to
streets and public spaces in the next decade or two. A priority of the
revised plan will be downtown’s connections to nearby neighborhoods,
according to the city. The revised report is one of 14 that make up
Milwaukee’s comprehensive plan. The plan is expected to be completed in
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 rural development expert with the USDA says infrastructure investments and financial incentives could help attract workers to rural communities in Wisconsin.
“Folks want access to the sorts of things in their communities — particularly rural communities — that they can get in higher population communities,” said Justin Maxson, deputy under secretary for rural development with the United States Department of Agriculture. “Access to quality health care, high-speed broadband, entertainment, high-quality education.”
Maxson was the keynote speaker for yesterday’s “Lighting the Way for Rural Prosperity” event, held in La Crosse by WisPolitics.com and Dairyland Power Cooperative. He said rural areas would benefit the most from long-term infrastructure investments aimed at making these regions more attractive to workers... ...more
MADISON, WI. SEPT. 14, 2021 – Seven out of 10 of the world’s fastest-growing national economies are in Africa. But not one African country makes the list of Wisconsin’s top 30 export partners.
A new virtual trade venture to Africa is designed to help Wisconsin companies change that.
“Most WEDC trade ventures take place in one country or one region,” said Missy Hughes, Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) secretary and CEO. “While the COVID-19 pandemic makes international travel difficult, technology allows us to expand our reach and offer participating companies opportunities to talk with customers and partners in more than 30 countries.”
The virtual trade venture is set for Dec. 7-16 and WEDC representatives located in 13 African countries will work to find potential business partners for each participant.... ...more
APPLETON - Advocates for affordable housing, early childhood programs and mental health services lobbied city officials this week for a share of the nearly $15 million in COVID-19 aid that Appleton will receive through the American Rescue Plan Act.
Other community members requested the money be used to support the tourism industry, Fox Cities Exhibition Center, Thompson Center on Lourdes and Harbor House Domestic Abuse Program, all of which were negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.... ...more
Riverworks is hosting its 3rd annual “Music on the Beerline”, a one-day music event on Friday, August 27, 2021, at 5 pm on The Beerline Trail (right behind the Family Dollar on Holton Ave). Music on the Beerline is where music meets people and place. This year’s Music on the Beerline sees the return of in person/live music with an all-star diverse line up of Milwaukee musicians.
Special music performances by some of Milwaukee’s best musicians including Orlando Pena (Americana/Folk), DJ DRiPSweat (hip hop, r&b), Anthony Deutsch (jazz), Ms. Lotus Fankh (Alternative, Funk), and Alyssia Dominguez (Country). This year’s event is hosted by national recording artist and Milwaukee developer, Ray Nitti... ...more
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two-story medical complex is planned for the site of a longtime parking lot at 3936-44 N. Milwaukee Ave., across from a new 10-story development already under construction at Six Corners.
The parking lot, where employees for the former Bank of America at 4747 W. Irving Park Road parked, has been underutilized for decades. The former bank building site at Irving Park Road and Milwaukee Avenue is where Ryan Companies is constructing the 10-story Clarendale senior living structure... ...more
A Madison startup company that develops software for ordering groceries online has been sold.
GrocerKey was purchased by Point Pickup Technologies, a Stamford, Connecticut, company founded in 2015 that has developed a system that matches the type of delivery with the appropriate driver, vehicle type and location.
The announcement of the acquisition was made Thursday by Point Pickup. Rebecca Bellan of techcrunch.com reported that GrocerKey was purchased for $42 million.... ...more
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...
Forging a public-private partnership with Bear Development to renovate a building in Sun Plaza for housing Kenosha County Human Services offices and the county Job Center is being explored.
The partnership would allow S.R. Mills of Bear Development to apply for cost-saving tax credits the county would not otherwise qualify for. Bear Development would build out the Sun Plaza space off 52nd Street to suit the needs of the county, which would eventually take over ownership.
New market credits and solar tax credits from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation are among the tax credits Mills said would be explored...
The wonder hasn`t worn off. Every time I visit the
Milwaukee River Greenway — on foot, by bike or in a canoe — I’m amazed
that this sprawling urban wilderness exists. Any community would be
overjoyed to have nearly 900 acres of public green space and an
eight-mile stretch of equally public river frontage within its corporate
limits. The remarkable fact about this particular wilderness is that it
begins just one-and-a-half miles from Milwaukee’s City Hall. Accessible
to all and protected in perpetuity, the Greenway is one of our
community’s greatest natural treasures... ...more
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
MENOMONIE, Wis. — A construction worker has died and another has been injured after they were struck by lightning in Dunn County.
According to sheriff’s officials, the two men were building a pole shed at a construction site in rural Menomonie when they were struck Tuesday and fell from their ladders... ...more
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