Mayor Barrett announced the appointment of Dave Misky as Assistant Executive Secretary of the Redevelopment Authority for the City of Milwaukee (RACM). Misky will lead the day-to-day operations of RACM’s economic development activities in neighborhoods throughout Milwaukee through land acquisition, use of financing tools, clean-up and renewal of properties. pdf
The goal was to remodel Milwaukee's old Amtrak station, but the result was no mere makeover, but a metamorphosis. JSOnline
Mayor Barrett announced a series of workshops to solicit input for future development on the city’s Southeast Side, as part of the city’s ongoing work to create area plans covering all 99 square miles of the city. The 3-hour workshops offer residents, business owners, employees and anyone with an interest in the future of the Southeast side the opportunity to envision a framework for future development that meets local needs and encourages additional investment. pdf
Mayor Barrett authorized nearly $1 million in grants to fund five ‘Stronger Milwaukee’ projects, using Large Impact Development grants provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Mayor Barrett signed the legislation at Capitol Stampings, 2700 W. North Avenue, a partner in a project to provide specialized job training to replace retiring workers and fill the needs for local employers. The pilot job training program is one of five projects designed to make a larger impact on Milwaukee. pdf
A City of Milwaukee Comprehensive Area Plan to guide future development and identify catalytic opportunities for Milwaukee’s northwest side is in draft form and ready for public review. Two Open House sessions will offer the public a chance to review the plan and share ideas. pdf
Northtown Mall was one of the first new developments on Milwaukee's North Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in the 1980s. Now a proposed apartment complex next door and a possible expansion of the mall could be pioneers in the budding Bronzeville area. The project at the northwest corner of King Drive and North Avenue would total about $12.5 million for rehabilitating the existing mall and constructing a 50-unit apartment building. A second phase could include doubling the size of the 30,000-square-foot shopping center that's anchored by a Walgreens. The Business Journal
The City of Milwaukee will invest $5 million in four Stronger Neighborhoods projects to boost business and improve some of the city’s neighborhood commercial districts. pdf
A Barrett Administration proposal to boost revitalization along W. Mitchell Street on Milwaukee’s south side was approved today by the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhood and Development Committee. The measure will be considered by the full Common Council at its meeting September 25. The proposed creation of a $3.1 million Tax Incremental Financing District in the Historic Mitchell Street neighborhood would assist in attracting and retaining retail, office and service businesses in one of the city’s oldest commercial corridors.
There will be a ribbon cutting in Milwaukee today, for an Italian company that's locating its North American headquarters in the city. The building is one of many going up in the Menomonee Valley, as the former industrial hub undergoes a renaissance. After years of planning -- and millions of dollars in public and private investment -- more than 2,000 new jobs have been created. WUWM
"We're proud of the building and proud of the design," Manpower chairman and chief executive officer Jeffrey Joerres said during a ceremony at the site of the company's new corporate headquarters, located along the Milwaukee River just south of West Cherry Street and east of North Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. The Business Journal
Mayor Barrett's Summer Youth Jobs Program grows, despite the national trend in which the number of jobs for teens is decreasing. A variety of teens participating in this program talk about what they're taking away from the job experience. JSOnline
The relocation of the Manpower Inc. corporate headquarters from Glendale to downtown Milwaukee will be the biggest commercial real estate development in southeastern Wisconsin during the second half of 2007. Manpower’s move will provide a significant boost to downtown Milwaukee and the Park East corridor. Small Business Times
For Victoria Kapustin and her husband, Yuri, this apartment and commercial complex is more than just a building. It's their home, their business, the investment into which they have poured, not just money, time, toil and sweat, but also their dreams for the new lives they're building in Milwaukee. JSOnline
Mayor Barrett and the Menomonee Valley Partners invited residents of Milwaukee to come together for a ‘Milwaukee Mass Portrait’ Saturday, June 16th at 10 a.m. in the Menomonee Valley.
Earlier this spring, Mayor Barrett asked the Department of City Development to undertake an analysis of the existing retail, residential, hotel and office markets in the downtown and near downtown areas.
NBA superstar Shaquille O'Neal's real estate development firm is looking at redeveloping one of Milwaukee's central city neighborhoods. The Business Journal
Today, green isn't just about planting trees, preserving green space and recycling. It's about green technologies, alternative energies, green buildings and a greener economy. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett believes there are economic opportunities to be realized by growing the green sectors of our regional economy. Small Business Times
Another upscale hotel project has surfaced in downtown Milwaukee, but this one is close to securing financing and is not seeking cash from City Hall, the developer said Monday. The $73 million, 30-story development - dubbed The Moderne - is planned for the southwest corner of W. Juneau Ave. and N. Old World 3rd St. It would feature a 120-room Element Hotel, 80 condominiums and 16,000 square feet of retail space, developer Rick Barrett said. JSOnline
Calvin Greer wants the new Bronzeville to have a cultural aura as distinctive as New York's SoHo, San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury or New Orleans' French Quarter. "It should have that Harlem Renaissance feel, that (original) Bronzeville feel," said Greer, a wood sculptor who owns the Greer Oaks Gallery at 2463 N. Palmer St. He and other members of Milwaukee's black visual arts community - many of whom live in the nearby Harambee and Riverwest neighborhoods - have a chance to shape the African-American cultural and entertainment district planned for the stretch of North Ave. between 4th and 7th streets. JSOnline
Construction in and around Milwaukee’s Park East Freeway corridor, which has been a mostly dormant area since the freeway spur was torn down, should pick up dramatically this year. Juneau Avenue is set to become a new hotel district, as three hotels are in various stages of development along a four-block stretch of the street. Small Business Times
Josey Heights champions environmentally friendly neighborhoods. City pdf
The City of Milwaukee is partnering with the Milwaukee Urban League to launch a series of ‘Bronzeville Business Builders’ events to increase minority business ownership and link entrepreneurs with resources to succeed. pdf
Deondrae Gatson was one of nearly 25 students who gathered in a computer lab at the high school Thursday morning to be among the first to apply for the city's 2007 summer youth internship program. JSOnline
Neighborhood residents joined with Mayor Barrett, County Executive Walker, Alderman Donovan, County Supervisor Dimitrijevic and other community leaders to celebrate the transformation of a nuisance building into Milwaukee’s first Colombian bakery. A bread-cutting ceremony marked the grand opening of Mekato’s Colombian Bakery & Café, 3500 W. National Avenue. pdf
Mayor Barrett announced the selection of ten neighborhoods for the 2007 Targeted Investment Neighborhoods (TIN) Program, part of his Stronger Neighborhoods Plan. The TIN program promotes home ownership, property renovation, and community activities to improve the quality of life in city neighborhoods. pdf
The Milwaukee Department of City Development is seeking nominations for the 10th Annual Mayor’s Design Awards. The awards are presented in an ongoing effort to recognize exceptional urban spaces that make Milwaukee a lively, engaging city. pdf
Mayor Barrett announced the City of Milwaukee will commit significant resources and work with local, state and federal partners on a plan to redevelop the 30th Street Industrial Corridor, similar to the long-range efforts that went into the revitalization of the Menomonee Valley. The project area is defined by the following boundaries: West Hampton Avenue on the north; West Highland Boulevard on the south; North 27th Street on the east; and North 35th Street on the west. pdf
The city of Milwaukee's torrid home-building pace slackened in 2006 but not as dramatically as that of its outstate neighbors, city construction figures show. Milwaukee added 540 homes to its housing stock last year - 184 single-family and 356 multifamily units, the Milwaukee Department of City Development reported Friday. That volume is 22% below that of 2005, but it beats the 36% plunge in statewide home building reported through September by the Wisconsin Builders Association. More importantly, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said, 2006 culminated a seven-year, $830.9 million downtown residential construction boom that sets the stage for job growth. JSOnline
Mayor Barrett announced recently that the City is working with former Bucks Coach Terry Porter and his company, Diversified Development Group, on a catalytic project in Bronzeville. The proposal is for a 5-story, mixed-use building that will include a large sports & entertainment complex.
A growing engineering firm based in Oak Creek will move its headquarters to Milwaukee's central city. Gestra Engineering Inc., which has 15 employees, plans to move by the fall of 2007 from 422 E. Oak St. in Oak Creek to a city-owned building at 1620-1634 W. Fond du Lac Ave. JSOnline
“It’s going to be one of the most vibrant areas in the entire region because of its cultural assets, sports facilities, public infrastructure including public buildings, office space, retail space, residences and some of the finest transportation connections in the entire city,” said Richard “Rocky” Marcoux, commissioner of the Department of City Development. Small Business Times
Residents who live in the Bronzeville and Metcalfe Park neighborhoods will soon have the opportunity to buy a vacant lot for $1 or rent a new home to later own, under two housing initiatives Mayor Barrett launched today
Any sincere discussion of economic development in the city of Milwaukee should include a closer look at the tremendous work already under way on behalf of taxpayers. Recent headlines give the impression that the city has focused its efforts on streetscapes and real estate when in fact, Mayor Tom Barrett has been clear in his directive: Use our limited public resources to expand opportunities and strengthen neighborhoods. JSOnline
Milwaukee city officials cleared the last hurdle Tuesday toward creating a new housing development near the proposed African-American cultural and entertainment district, with many of the homes designated as affordable housing. The Bronzeville New Homes initiative will include 23 owner-occupied, single-family homes that will be built on scattered vacant lots along N. 4th, N. 5th and N. 6th streets, between W. North Ave. and W. Center St. JSOnline
Mayor Barrett announced the Milwaukee Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) will loan $125,000 to the Hmong Wisconsin Business Chamber to launch a revolving loan fund for small businesses.
In the early 1900s, workers who toiled in the Menomonee Valley carried their wages in the form of silver dollars through a tunnel that led north to W. National Ave. and its adjacent neighborhood. Several thousand strong, they spent those wages in the shops and saloons on the avenue, and built solid homes for their families. They created a thriving neighborhood dubbed "Silver City," in recognition of the currency that fueled the micro economy. JSOnline
Mayor Barrett and El Rey Mexican Food Products owners Olivia and Ernesto Villarreal led a groundbreaking ceremony to kick-off construction of a new $5.5 million supermarket at 916 S. Cesar Chavez Drive. The new store will occupy almost a full city block and replaces the El Rey Supermarket across the street at 1320 S. Cesar Chavez Drive.
Since starting in spring 2005, the Main Street Milwaukee program has helped open 28 new businesses and create 62 full- and part-time jobs. The program was created by the city and the Local Initiatives Support Corp. to use public and private funds to promote four different commercial thoroughfares -- West Burleigh Street, West Lincoln Avenue, West National Avenue and North 27th Street. The Daily Reporter
A Madison company providing telecommunications services for people with hearing loss plans to open a second operation that could eventually create up to 800 call-center jobs in downtown Milwaukee. CapTel Inc. would expand its operations to Reuss Federal Plaza, 310 W. Wisconsin Ave. The company plans to lease 17,000 square feet, and it could have 200 employees there next year, Mayor Tom Barrett said Tuesday. JSOnline
Mayor Barrett led a ‘dig gig’ on a central-city brownfield that will become the site of Columbia Savings & Loan’s $1.5 million expansion project. The event took place yards away from the bank’s current location, 2000 W. Fond du Lac Ave.
Margarett Sinclair's two-story house has spacious rooms, a large eat-in kitchen and a feature found in the homes of many well-to-do families: an elevator. "I feel like I am one of these elite people who lives out in the suburbs," said Sinclair, 48, gleaming. "God has blessed me with a gorgeous house that I could never pay for." The amenities in the home that Sinclair shares with two of her children are part of an innovative City of Milwaukee Housing Authority project for low-income residents. JSOnline
Working in an office instead of doing manual labor for money this summer has made all the difference for Phoua Xiong. The recent graduate of South Milwaukee High School secured an internship at the Milwaukee Christian Center through Mayor Tom Barrett's Summer Youth Jobs Program. JSOnline
Mayor Barrett announced a plan to assist Direct Supply, Inc. in an $85 million expansion of its company headquarters on the city’s northwest side. The project is expected to create 1,000 to 1,500 new jobs over the next ten years.
Mayor Barrett announced a proposal for a $28 million dollar federally-funded job training facility on the city’s northwest side is moving forward, following successful approval by the Common Council. The Redevelopment Authority will acquire land on 60th & Green Tree Road to locate the 23-acre Milwaukee Job Corps facility.
The recent grand opening of the Department of Public Works' new field operations facility in the 3800 block of N. 35th Street marked the successful conclusion of a creative partnership between the Redevelopment Authority and DPW.
Students at Lloyd Street School put the finishing touches on a new bio-retention garden last week, planting a variety of prairie plants that will bloom from April through October.
The booming Chinese port city of Ningbo, which soon will anchor one end of the longest ocean-spanning bridge in the world, laid down a pylon Thursday to build a bridge of a different sort. The deputy Communist party secretary from the Ningbo municipal government, Tang Yijun, appeared in Milwaukee to sign an economic and cultural cooperation pact with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. JSOnline
Mayor Barrett announced that a delegation of elected officials from Ningbo, China will travel to Milwaukee to continue building a relationship that was begun during the Mayor’s October mission to China. pdf
Mayor Barrett recently signed legislation to move forward with the winner of an international design competition for Erie Street Plaza in the Historic Third Ward.
Milwaukee makes preservation group's 'distinctive destination' list. The Business Journal
Harley-Davidson Inc. unveiled plans Friday for its 130,000-square-foot museum development, which will include three buildings: a museum building, an annex housing Harley-Davidson corporate offices and company archives, and a retail, restaurant and special events building. The Business Journal
Friday, Feb. 10 marked the grand opening of Bronzeville's newest entertainment and dining establishment, Garfield's 502, a music club and restaurant at 502 W. Garfield St. OnMilwaukee.com
A $12 million effort to market southeastern Wisconsin as a strong region for business investment has moved forward since it was announced in September. JSOnline
Four Milwaukee architecture firms have "adopted" the four Main Street Milwaukee business districts as part of the city's effort to revitalize commercial main streets. The Business Journal
Manpower to grow downtown; City to assist in relocation, expansion
Mayor Barrett announced that Manpower, Inc. will move and grow its world headquarters in downtown Milwaukee. pdf
A $4.7 million development that would create 24 apartments within a poor but reviving neighborhood on Milwaukee's north side received preliminary city approval. Fond du Lac-based Commonwealth Development Corp. proposed the three-story building, which would include 2,500 square feet of street-level retail space, for the north side of W. Fond du Lac Ave. and W. Center St., between N. 27th and N. 28th streets. JSOnline
The City of Milwaukee is one of nine cities worldwide to receive a ‘World Leadership’ Award for its model of affordable housing that transforms neighborhoods. pdf
Three Milwaukee-area firms plan to build as many as 75 single-family homes in a central city neighborhood marked by poverty, but also by the creation of several nearby residential developments. Legacy Redevelopment Corp., Williams Development Corp. and Irgens Development Partners LLC plan to build the homes in an area roughly bordered by N. 20th St., N. 24th St., W. North Ave. and W. Brown St. JSOnline
Mayor Tom Barrett wants to stimulate a ‘green’ economy and attract more businesses and people to Milwaukee based on its approaches to water and energy issues. Nov 28 Mayor Barrett's Nov. 28th green vision speech pdf
Mayor Barrett asked President Bush to help address the current trade imbalance between the U.S. and China by promoting Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s efforts to enter the Chinese market. pdf
Mayor Barrett ordered an 11% cut in city hall energy use by 2006 and urged citizens to weatherize their homes to keep heating bills down in a year when costs are expected to rise by 61%. pdf
Mayor Barrett said he wants the City to plan for the future of the Veterans Administration grounds to showcase the area’s historic past and to maximize the potential for future economic growth of the area. pdf
Mayor Barrett’s trip to China continues the work begun by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce trade mission to connect Milwaukee with the opportunities of the world’s fastest-growing economy. pdf
Mayor Barrett signed a $3.6 million financing resolution for Bronzeville at a public ceremony at America’s Black Holocaust Museum. The resolution creates a tax incremental financing district to assist in the creation of an African-American cultural and entertainment corridor along North Avenue between Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and N. 7th Street. pdf
The ranking was based on information from the National Policy Research Council, a Washington, D.C. think tank, which analyzes business formation and business growth. pdf
Mayor Barrett, Common Council President Willie Hines Jr. and the Milwaukee Habitat For Humanity launched a local ‘Operation Home Delivery’ campaign to help victims of Hurricane Katrina and potential victims of Hurricane Rita. pdf
Milwaukee’s downtown Amtrak station is to become a dynamic transportation gateway and a catalyst for additional development under a $15.2 million plan announced by Mayor Barrett and Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi. pdf
Mayor Barrett announced the City of Milwaukee will create a public plaza on Erie Street, at the entrance of Milwaukee Harbor in the Historic Third Ward. Barrett also launched a design competition to foster unique ideas to create a landmark plaza. pdf
The old Hartung Quarry on Milwaukee’s west side, currently serving as a landfill, will become a community amenity. pdf
Once a bleak neighborhood nuisance, London Square apartments has been transformed by developer Gorman & Co into Lindsay Commons: a 115 unit residential community that is attractive and affordable for families. pdf
Mayor Barrett and Alderman Michael D’Amato announced the selection of Tandem Developers, LLC to redevelop a blighted Riverwest brownfield into 26 new single-family homes. pdf
Mayor Barrett announced DCD’s recommended pick among six proposals for the city’s parcel in the Park East Corridor at the corner of Jefferson, Pleasant and Water Streets. The selected proposal was submitted by Legacy Real Estate Partners and features a triangular gateway building. pdf
Mayor Barrett announced the City will receive $20.2 million in federal assistance to enhance the city’s economic development toolbox. The assistance comes in the form of an $18 million New Market Tax Credit allocation and $2.2 million in brownfield grants from the U.S. EPA. pdf
Mayor Barrett, Alderman Robert Donovan and other local officials joined the Layton Boulevard West Neighbors to celebrate the beginning of the renovation project at 3500 W. National Ave. The building is the future home of Mekato’s Colombian Bakery. The bakery will move its Chicago operations to Milwaukee once renovations of the building are complete. pdf
Mayor Barrett announced that Palermo Villa, Inc. plans to purchase land in the Menomonee Valley and become the first employer to locate in the City's new business center.
The effort to renew four main street districts will be officially launched when Mayor Barrett introduces the four new Main Street managers. MEDIA ADVISORY
The City led a community effort to create a plan for the Third Ward area. Substantial new developments are emerging in the eastern and southern areas of the neighborhood, prompting the need to prepare an overall vision for the area. MEDIA ADVISORY
The Bronzeville Entertainment and Cultural District represents a comprehensive effort to revitalize a key commercial corridor in the City of Milwaukee, along North Avenue from N. 4th to 7th Streets. MEDIA ADVISORY
Mayor Barrett said he was encouraged by the response to a
request for proposals to the City’s parcel in the Park East corridor. pdf
Redevelopment of a former brownfield is underway and will serve as a new gateway to South Kinnickinnic Avenue, the main street of the Bay View neighborhood. MEDIA ADVISORY
The Milwaukee Summer Youth Internship Program will offer 250 high school students an opportunity to earn money and learn job skills through internships in various city departments.
The Main Street Milwaukee Partners Board announced a new partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee that will extend the resources of the program beyond four designated districts. pdf
The City of Milwaukee will give Chicago and Madison a run for their money for the title of ‘greenest city’ in the country but it will do so in a business-friendly manner. pdf
Mayor Barrett announced that Bucyrus International, based in South Milwaukee, has agreed to expand its operations to Milwaukee. The company will hire and train specialty welders and estimates the positions average $22 per hour plus benefits. Bucyrus International is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of large-scale excavation equipment
Mayor Barrett announced the Redevelopment Authority will consider issuing approximately $68 million in bonds for the landmark Kenilworth project on Milwaukee’s east side. The half-million square foot building will be converted to a public-private facility that offers a public arts center, retail, UW-Milwaukee
art class space, student housing and private condominiums. pdf
Mayor Barrett announced two companies will move to an underused portion of the Tower Automotive Site, bringing 90 jobs to the area. The announcement marks the beginning of the redevelopment of the Tower Automotive Inc. factory complex, which occupies 140-acres on Milwaukee’s north side. Both West Milwaukee Recycling and Pressed Steel will lease space in the complex.
Mayor Barrett honored the owners and designers of 14 places in the city with a 2004 Design Award, recognizing bold, interesting designs that captivate the public’s interest in Milwaukee.
A new pedestrian bridge spans the Milwaukee River between the East Village and Beerline neighborhoods, offering a spectacular view of both urban and natural scenery.
Mayor Barrett celebrated the opening of 9 new minority-owned businesses along a stretch of National Avenue from 31st to 37th Streets known as ‘InterNATIONAL Avenue’ in the Silver City neighborhood.
Mayor Barrett and DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux announced the successful completion of the city’s largest environmental clean up project. The project remediated environmental problems at a 140-acre site, just east of Miller Park in the Menomonee Valley. The property is being redeveloped as a new business park and recreation area.
Equipped with a set of real jumper cables, Mayor Barrett launched a program that will jump-start efforts to revitalize neighborhood commercial districts.
The Milwaukee’s Common Council approved the redevelopment plan for the future site of a Harley-Davidson Inc. museum and office complex in the Menomonee Valley. The site will feature a $95 million museum, restaurant and office complex. The development is expected to create 420 to 570 jobs and attract more than 350,000 visitors a year to Milwaukee.
A new economic tool will be added to the City of Milwaukee’s development tool belt, following successful Common Council passage of the ‘Main Street Milwaukee’ program.
The public-private effort to revitalize a former industrial area along Milwaukee’s riverfront has earned a 2004 Excellence on the Waterfront Honor
Construction has begun on Vetter Denk’s $14 million dollar Park Terrace project. The Park Terrace project will feature 37 new homes.
Milwaukee’s Common Council passed two key pieces of legislation regarding Park East redevelopment.
An obsolete south side Milwaukee foundry gets an extreme makeover as an attractive new home for light industry. The former Ampco Metal Company foundry has been cleared of the original buildings, allowing the developer, Real Estate Recycling, to build four new, efficient buildings that will provide 200,000 square feet of light industrial space.
A new $6 million development for the Bay View neighborhood will mean 20 condominium units over 18,000 square feet of new street-level retail space.
The Cream City Awards are presented in an ongoing effort to recognize individuals and organizations for their outstanding contributions to historic preservation and the rehabilitation of Milwaukee’s architecturally significant structures. pdf
The City of Milwaukee was awarded $1.98 million in grants by the Environmental
Protection Agency (EPA) for use in testing and cleaning up city brownfield sites. This
new money brings Milwaukee up to $15.9 million in such grants since the year 2000. pdf
Mayor Barrett and Housing Authority Board Chairman Willie L. Hines, Jr. announced that the Housing Authority has been awarded a grant worth $19.5 million for housing revitalization in Milwaukee’s Midtown neighborhood. pdf
The removal of the Park East Freeway opened approximately 26 acres for redevelopment. It is expected that the redevelopment of this corridor will yield more than $250 million in new development. pdf
The City of Milwaukee’s brownfields team has been awarded nine new Site
Assessment Grants by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources. These grants will support environmental testing, removal of underground storage tanks and/or the demolition of buildings. pdf
A once tax-delinquent property in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood has been renovated and re-opened as a market and pasta-making business. Mondo Brothers Market and Café is located at 2730 N. Humboldt Blvd. pdf
City officials announced plans for a new subdivision to be built within two miles of downtown, on vacant land just west of I-43 at the Hillside interchange. The homes are to be constructed on land that had been cleared almost 40 years ago to make way for a freeway that was never built. pdf
The 140-acre former Milwaukee Road Shops site, just east of Miller Park, has been vacant and considered an eyesore since the 1980’s. pdf
The City of Milwaukee’s newest neighborhood plan, the Near West Side
Comprehensive Plan, is moving through its approval stages. pdf
Ten neighborhoods have been selected for the 2004 Targeted Investment Neighborhood (TIN) Program. The TIN program promotes home ownership and property renovation. pdf
A new retail center will replace Milwaukee’s former Northridge Mall. The new development will be known as Granville Station. Two large tenants are already committed for the $27 million first phase. They are a Pick ‘n Save grocery store and Menards, a home improvement store.
The Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan for the Fond du Lac and North area is in draft form.