When I moved to Milwaukee in 1983, that big vacant lot on Wisconsin Avenue between 4th and 5th Streets â€“ now surface parking, though also recently used for events like the NEWaukee Night Market â€“ was an "activated" space, even if it wasn't quite performing up to its potential.
The entire block was constructed with vintage building stock; structures that I bet we wish we still had, especially in light of the fact that since they all came down, the site's been basically dead.
Dead, especially when it's a potential connector between The Shops of Grand Avenue, Boston Store, the Hilton City Center and the Wisconsin Center convention halls. That empty lot is a drag on Milwaukee's downtown.
Today, the city began accepting requests for proposals for developments on the site:
The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee is excited to present this Request for Proposals for an unprecedented transit-oriented development opportunity in the City of Milwaukee and one of the most unique transit-oriented development opportunities in the Midwest.Â Â The approximately 2-acre parcel at 4th/Wisconsin will be located on both the proposed Milwaukee Streetcar route and Bus Rapid Transit line.Â This high visibility and high traffic site is situated directly across the street from Wisconsin's main convention center, blocks from the Marquette University campus and centrally-located among significant redevelopment efforts in thriving downtown Milwaukee.Â
Downtown Milwaukee is undergoing an extraordinary renaissance with nearly $3 billion in projects completed since 2005, $1 billion under construction and another $1.3 billion in advanced planning stages.Â In the greater downtown area, over 9,500 housing units have been added since 2004 and over 1,300 hotel rooms have been added since 2008.Â As a result of this extraordinary investment and substantial growth, downt…Read more...