It's been nearly two years since The Chancery closed its doors at 2575 N. Downer Ave.
Next door, the former Downer Avenue Einstein Bros. Bagels has been closed since July 2006.
Together, these vacant spaces suck some of the life out of one of Milwaukee's truly historic and walkable avenues.
I haven't heard much lately about either address, so I thought I would open it up to you for ideas, insight and input.
What are your thoughts for the best use of the former Chancery and Einstein's spaces on Downer Avenue? Chime in via the Talkback feature below.
With new streetscaping and a new year, hope springs eternal and new ideas are needed.
I know Pizza Man is probably looking to reopen at the same location, but they might be an interesting fit for the old Chancery space.
Also, the whole Alderman Kovac's father/Parking Structure lawsuit is a farce. The city bends over backwards to accomodate Kovac's wishes due to his son's political pull, and then he sues them for doing so. If anyone's looking to run against Kovac and needs some dirt, the shenanigans with the parking structure are a good place to start.
We need a pet store in this area. The grocery stores and drug stores carry dog and cat food but what about those of us with other pets? It's a long bus ride or drive to get to the nearest pet store. A locally owned pet store that sells pet supplies for all pets would be ideal in this location. As a bonus, the store could also offer pet training classes and occasionally serve as satellite adoption center for local animal shelters and rescues.
A kitchen boutique would do quite well on Downer. Where you can purchase those (extremely) hard to find kitchen utensils & necessities and some specialty spices, oils & deli items. It would compliment Breadsmith's, Sendik's & Downer Wine & Spirits.
And most of Boris' success if due to having the former alderman in his pocket. One has to wonder if the former alderman didn't run for re-election so he could distance himself from his connection to Boris (and possible criminal charges). I only hope that the new alderman doesn't fall under the spell of Boris and his Russian mafia money laundering.
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