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Old February 9th, 2007, 10:45 PM   #501
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Nice new photos! Can't wait until the building is completely done.. seems like the finishing touches are taking forever
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Old February 10th, 2007, 12:43 AM   #502
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Well this just sounds so painfully easy!!!

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Doyle proposes 'resort tax' in Milwaukee
The Business Journal of Milwaukee - 8:50 AM CST Friday, February 9, 2007
Gov Jim Doyle's "Growing Milwaukee" plan calls for designating a four-square-mile section of the city of Milwaukee as a "premier resort area," which will allow the city to raise revenue from a 0.5 percent sales tax on items and services sold in that area.

Proceeds would "support infrastructure and tourism in the area," but Doyle's proposal did not include details of the infrastructure that would be funded.

Four other communities in the state have adopted such taxes -- Lake Delton, Wisconsin Dells, Bayfield and Eagle River.

The area covered by the tax has yet to be defined, but a four-square-mile region would likely be centered on the downtown area and could include Potawatomi Bingo Casino to the west.

The sales tax would be on everything from hotels, bars and restaurants to memberships at private health clubs.

As Wisconsin's cultural and economic hub, Milwaukee is a major tourist destination for the state, Doyle said.

"We must continue to look for new ways to grow tourism in Milwaukee," Doyle said.

The city of Milwaukee -- that is the Common Council and Mayor Tom Barrett -- would need to designate the area of the city where the tax would be applied.

Businesses subject to the sales tax would include variety stores, general merchandisers, bakeries, gas stations, restaurants, bars, drug stores, liquor stores, gift shops, hotels and motels, department stores, food stores, apparel stores, bookstores, jewelry stores, florists, tobacco stores, live theater presentations and physical fitness facilities.

Doyle will include a series of "Growing Milwaukee" initiatives in his budget message on Feb. 13. The plan also includes proposals for improving the Milwaukee Public Schools, fighting crime, addressing health care costs, investing in freeway and rail projects and boosting biotechnology and medical research.
Gee why can't they do that for something else, like TRANSIT!
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Old February 10th, 2007, 12:51 AM   #503
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Probably the most amusing article I've read today, from the JS:

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FRIDAY, Feb. 9, 2007, 10:54 a.m.

Miller Park to become Budweiser Park?
I knew that headline would get everyone's attention. It's a publicity stunt by the Miller Brewing Co. And, in my opinion, a pretty good one.

Here's the story: On Friday morning, Miller sent out a news release challenging Budweiser to a NASCAR bet. As part of the bet, Miller is putting its naming rights to Miller Park on the line.

The challenge would pit the #2 Miller Lite car against the #8 Budweiser car, with the season-long NASCAR points leader winning the bet.

According to the challenge, if the Miller Lite car finishes ahead of the Budweiser car, Busch Stadium (home of the St. Louis Cardinals) will be renamed Miller Lite stadium for a to-be-determined 2008 series in St. Louis between the Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers.

If the Budweiser car finishes the NASCAR season ahead of the Miller Lite car, Miller Park will be renamed Budweiser Park for a 2008 series in Milwaukee.

Miller company officials said Miller ceo Tom Long sent a letter to August Busch IV, president and ceo of Anheuser-Busch on Friday.

A spokesman for the Brewers told me Friday morning that the team has no problem with the stunt. In fact, Brewers GM Doug Melvin has taped a message for the folks at Budweiser.

Meanwhile, the folks at Bud don't seem very amused. In a statement attributed to Dale Earnhardt Jr., who drives the Budweiser car, the racer said: "Racing is my job, not a bet. My only priority is to build on last season's success and win the NEXTEL Cup."

We'll take that as a no. Peter Marino, a Miller spokesman, said he was disappointed Bud didn't take the bait. "This is all in the spirit of fun," Marino said.
Now THAT will the day where I turn red with laughter. Thinking of Miller Park quite possibly be deemed "Bud Park" for a series....
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Old February 10th, 2007, 01:19 AM   #504
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i dont really watch nascar but it sounds like Budweiser is scared
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Old February 10th, 2007, 01:40 AM   #505
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Wow thats a great move by Miller!!! Since Miller is the #2 brand (by a wide margin) that is definatelly a lose / lose situation for Budweiser. If they say no, they get the PR that they're scared (as evidenced in the last post) and if they say yes then each company gets equal publicity through the stunt but that benefits the smaller company much more.

Nice Miller... nice...
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Old February 10th, 2007, 02:13 AM   #506
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I'm quoting the UCT update to bump it to this page. Anyway, here's the other one I got today - 601 Lofts:



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Old February 10th, 2007, 02:18 AM   #507
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I'm quoting the UCT update to bump it to this page. Anyway, here's the other one I got today - 601 Lofts:



You should put those in the Milwaukee condo boom thread. People were looking for updated photos of projects. You seem to be very good at the whole photography thing!
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Old February 13th, 2007, 04:29 AM   #508
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Here's a question out of left field for anybody who knows. Did that "gated" community ever get developed at the corner of Teutonia Avenue and W. Center Street? It was a $3.5 million proposal by a Milwaukee church and a Chicago agency that planned to build 24 single-family homes.
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Old February 13th, 2007, 04:40 AM   #509
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It's not started yet. I was just on Center this weekend and there's nothing there. They might just be waiting until spring to start, though.
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Old February 13th, 2007, 04:57 AM   #510
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It's not started yet. I was just on Center this weekend and there's nothing there. They might just be waiting until spring to start, though.
Well it was a former site of a Briggs & Stratton factory. So there's probably been some soil cleanup and other site prep work that has to be taken care of first.
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Old February 13th, 2007, 06:20 AM   #511
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No argument here: rehab; renovate; recycle; maintain and enhance what we already have. Cull the junk and and don't add more.

Glad to see that you do more than your part. Tragically, Milwaukee County government leaves so much to be desired.
its all really sad how milwaukee county government isnt what it once was
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Old February 13th, 2007, 06:20 PM   #512
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Developer seeks $1.2M city-backed loan
The Business Journal of Milwaukee -

The developer planning a nearly $18 million redevelopment of a city block along West Wisconsin Avenue between North 27th and North 26th streets is seeking $1.2 million in city-backed financing for a portion of the project.

Sherman Associates Inc. wants to construct a four-story, mixed-use building with up to 94 apartments on the top three floors and 13,280 square feet of retail and commercial space on the ground floor. The Minneapolis firm is asking the Milwaukee Economic Development Corp. for a loan to help pay for the first floor commercial/retail portion of the building to be constructed on the site. The cost of that portion of the project is $12.4 million, according to papers filed with the agency, the city's financing arm.


The agency's loan committee will consider the request at its meeting on Tuesday.

The company is scheduled to receive $750,000 in federal tax credits from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) in February 2007 that will provide financing for the project. A prior allotment of tax credits was delayed in early 2006 when when the federal affordable housing tax credits from WHEDA were not available.

Sherman Associates is also planning to build 16 to 20 townhouses on the site. The total cost of the development was estimated late last year at $17.5 million.



Downer Ave. development plan wins preliminary city approval
11-story building, parking structure have drawn fire
By TOM DAYKIN


The Downer Ave. business district on Milwaukee's east side will undergo big changes, including a new 11-story condominium and hotel building, under a $55 million development proposal that gained preliminary city approval Monday.

Plan Commission members said the proposal by New Land Enterprises will help revive the two-block business strip, which runs between E. Webster and E. Park places. After a contentious, three-hour hearing - with opponents saying the 11-story building was simply too tall for the neighborhood - the commission unanimously recommended approval to the Common Council.

"It's not a perfect plan. But it's a good plan," said Ald. Mike D'Amato, chairman of the council's Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee, which is to review the proposal at its Feb. 21 meeting.

D'Amato, who also represents the east side, said a rejection of New Land's proposal would amount to a lost opportunity for the Downer Ave. business district, which plan supporters said is suffering from years of neglect.

New Land owns Downer Ave. buildings that house several neighborhood businesses, including Harry W. Schwartz Bookshop, Chancery Pub and Restaurant, Downer Theatre and Associated Bank.

The firm, led by Boris Gokhman, wants to renovate some of the buildings' upper levels into medical offices, add space to the Associated Bank building at the southeast corner of N. Downer Ave. and E. Park Place, and make building facade improvements.

New Land also is proposing a 129-space parking structure, with 7,500 square feet of retail space, for the city-owned parking lot at the southeast corner of N. Downer Ave. and E. Belleview Place. The firm would buy the 29-space lot for around $350,000.

The proposed four-story parking structure drew opposition from some nearby residents, who said it will replace a buffer that now exists between their homes and the business strip.

The planned 11-story building also drew fire from some neighborhood homeowners, who say it would be too large and would generate too much traffic. That development, with 78 hotel rooms, 52 condos and 168 parking spaces, will be just off Downer Ave., at the northeast corner of N. Stowell Ave. and E. Webster Place.

Some opponents, such as neighborhood resident Michael Fleet, said the medical offices, condos and hotel will do little to help Downer Ave.'s stores. Fleet said Schwartz is affected more by competition from chain stores such as Borders than by neighborhood conditions.

"If the district is to succeed, the businesses have to save themselves," said Elaine Miller, another resident who's opposed to the planned parking structure.

But supporter Mary McCarthy, Schwartz's chief operating officer, said it's not just chain stores that are hurting her Downer Ave. store. She said the street's empty storefronts also have taken a toll.

"Customers don't like to come and shop where it looks empty," McCarthy said.

Some neighborhood residents agreed, saying the condos and hotel would generate more customers for Downer Ave.'s stores and restaurants.

New Land last year bought its Downer Ave. properties from real estate investor Dan Katz and his partners for $12.1 million. New Land's development plans, disclosed in June, immediately drew opposition.

In response, New Land changed the 11-story building's design, breaking it into two parts: a three-story section at the corner of E. Webster Place and N. Stowell Ave., and a narrower, taller portion to the north, which would extend over an alley toward Downer Ave.

New Land supporters say the neighborhood has other tall buildings, such as a seven-story building at the corner of N. Stowell Ave. and E. Belleview Place.
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Old February 13th, 2007, 08:45 PM   #513
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Shopping district

That's great news for Downer. I really like how the streetscape won't be interrupted by incorporating the entrance into the old Brueggers space.

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I've been thinking a lot about incorporating high end shopping into the downtown area. I've done a lot of traveling and in all of my favorite cities, there's a street lined with high end shops. Fifth Ave (New York), Newberry St (Boston), Michigan Ave (Chicago), Champs-Elysees (Paris), even State St (Madison.) Every great city has it's most important shopping destinations downtown. I'm not talking about making a strip mall with stores we already have (Gap, Abercrombie, Express, etc.) I'm talking about establishing really high end shopping. Start with stores like Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, maybe another Pottery Barn (maybe.) Once that's established we could probably move up and get some designers like Prada, Versace, and Louis Vuitton. That is a huge draw, and if we had a street like that in the downtown area people wouldn't need to get out.
The problem is trying to find a street to do that on. One thought was North Water in the Park East area, but the majority of those lots already have large scale plans in the works in which retail in not the top priority. Farwell has to much traffic to be pedestrian friendly. North is too far from downtown. Brady is probably the best choice, but a lot of the high end residential is in the Third Ward, and Brady is kind of a distance from there. Broadway in the Third Ward is probably the best location but I don't think it's long enough. It's only three blocks. Even State St is longer than that.
I'm just wondering what your thoughts are on this topic. I really think it's a big step that we need to take.
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Old February 13th, 2007, 09:39 PM   #514
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i wouldn't add madison's state st. to that list.. nothing high end about it.

Milwaukee's shopping is more of a district than a street.. probably the high end area would be the Third Ward with the many boutiques and home stores (and more being added all the time). No national retailers, but locally owned stores with global merchandise. Anthropologie is rumored to be looking for space within the Third Ward. Urban Outfitters may be moving into the Kenilworth building.

In the past Old World 3rd Street was discussed as a possible shopping street
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One thought was North Water in the Park East area, but the majority of those lots already have large scale plans in the works in which retail in not the top priority.
All of the projects proposed for North Water Street have retail space included in their plans.
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Old February 13th, 2007, 11:09 PM   #516
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But once their done with their Franklin expansion I'm sure they could take another look at downtown, granted that probably won't be for another 5-10 years....
Actually after the current addition down in Franklin, there are plans to expand even more within the next 20 years or so. NM looked hard into expanding downtown, but due to lack of land and the fact that a good portion of employees live near the south side of Milw. County, they decided to build in Franklin.

Too bad though, they could've filled up a 60+ story skyscraper downtown with all the growth that happens at NM.
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Old February 13th, 2007, 11:51 PM   #517
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gbpakman - I think a ton of Milwaukee posters are going to shake their heads at the thought of NOT having enough land downtown.....
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Old February 14th, 2007, 02:11 AM   #518
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yeah isn't that hilarious? have they ever been down Clybourn or West Wells?

I think that something like Milwaukee or Broadway within downtown would make a good shopping street. There are a lot of nice vacant storefronts along Milwaukee and Broadway, especially between Wisconsin and the Third Ward.
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Old February 14th, 2007, 02:53 AM   #519
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but due to lack of land
Hmm, isn't that why you build upward instead of outward? NM could've built a 60 or 70 story tower downtown if they wanted to, instead of spreading it out in Franklin.
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I'm still trying to figure out how they're going to keep expanding even after the new phase currently planned is built...there isn't that much land left, with the current and future expansion. And I think Oak Creek is doing their own thing across the street.
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