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District 14 — Alderman Tony Zielinski

Redevelopment moving forward at former site of Faust Music

The most recent neighborhood meeting for the Faust building development was a productive one, and it appears that a settlement has been reached. As many long-time Bay View residents may be aware, the long-vacated Faust building was originally purchased by Mikko Erkamaa with the hope of restoring it to its former glory. However, it was determined upon further examination that the structure and façade were beyond restoration. Redeveloping the space into a mixed-use housing complex was collectively decided to be the best course of action going forward.

Over the course of several neighborhood meetings and redesigns by architect Joel Agaki of Dermond Properties, developers and local leaders have settled on a final design for how to most productively use the space. This design reflects the suggestions and concerns raised by several Bay View residents, and serves as a more subtle fit into our thriving community.

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From Milwaukee Magazine: Ald. Zielinski proposes pilot city compost program

Milwaukee Ald. Tony Zielinski, whose district covers much of Bay View, is no stranger to repurposing the unwanted. It was Zielinski who first proposed cheese brine as a substitute for road salt. That experiment proved successful, but after transportation costs ran too high, the city undertook a method to produce its own brine.

Now, the alderman is looking to pilot a curbside composting program in his South Side neighborhood.

In fact, he says, “it’s high time the city of Milwaukee gets started in the compost collection business.”

Read more at Milwaukee Magazine


The Muse Gallery Guesthouse Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

The Muse Gallery Guesthouse, a new bed and breakfast art gallery located at 602 E. Lincoln Avenue in Bay View, will celebrate its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 10th at 6:30pm.

Alderman Tony Zielinski, who was integral to the process of opening The Muse said, “Thanks to Mary Ellen Hermann and Andrew Meechan, Bay View now has an additional amenity in the form of a BnB.”

Alderman Zielinski will lead the ribbon cutting ceremony and immediately following, the innkeepers will provide tours of the new inn and gallery space. Light refreshments and live music will be available at the open house celebration.


Newly restored Avalon Theater opens in Bay View

Alderman Zielinski, Mayor Barrett and an array of other elected officials and special guests took part in a special ribbon cutting ceremony on December 18, 2014 to mark the opening of the extensively-restored Avalon Theater (newly-rechristened as the Avalon Atmospheric Theater & Lounge), 2473 S. Kinnickinnnic Ave.

Avalon owner Lee Barczak has made a long list of updates to the historic Bay View venue, including modernizing equipment and fixtures, adding a second screen to provide patrons with multiple features and renovating the building’s signature marquee. Opened in 1929, the Avalon Theater was the first cinema venue in Wisconsin built to accommodate motion pictures with sound, and it became well-known for its iconic twinkling “starlight” ceiling and atmospheric ambience.  

A History of the ArtStop Shelter

As the ArtStop transit shelter in Bay View is unveiled, planners can look back with pride on the intensive process that has brought about the creation of this unique transit amenity. At a height of 32 feet, the ArtStop shelter will provide mood lighting for the area, powered entirely by renewable energy, while serving as an iconic and recognizable gateway to the Bay View neighborhood.

At the intersections of S. Kinnickinnic, S. Howell and E. Lincoln Avenues, the ArtStop is the product of a unique partnership between the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County and Business Improvement District #44. With its unique artistic design, the ArtStop shelter will strengthen the already distinctive and bustling business district, and it will also be a significant aesthetic improvement over a somewhat dilapidated bus shelter that has been at the location for years.

Alderman Tony Zielinski said that he felt the triangle at the three-way intersection needed a functional public art bus shelter, which has been dubbed the ArtStop, to maximize the economic and aesthetic potential of that business district.



Alderman Zielinski Co-sponsors Tightening of Nuisance Rules

Legislation that Alderman Zielinski co-sponsored will soon be making the "Nuisance Abatement Ordinance" tougher on negligent homeowners. Prior to passage of this legislation, if there was more than one separate incident of nuisance activity on any given day, it would only be counted as one incident for the purposes of enforcement. That means if there was a fight in the morning and then two different people blasting their stereos beyond the legal limits at the same address, that would only be counted as one incident.

Going forward, each incident will be counted separately. The reason why this change is significant is that DNS needs to tally three confirmed incidents for a warning nuisance letter to go out to the homeowner. Now the neighborhood will have to put up with less garbage before we can use this tool to go after the irresponsible homeowner.

New 2014 Virtual Night Parking Permit System

For the convenience of the city’s night parking permit customers, there will be no requirement to display a physical permit starting in 2014. When residents buy a night parking permit after December 20, 2013, they will complete the same application, accurately listing the applicable license plate number. Residents will receive a confirmation number to prove purchase of the permit, but will not receive a physical permit to place on the vehicle’s window.

The license plate number will be used by parking enforcement to determine whether the owner has purchased a valid permit. All customer service problems arising from misplaced or stolen permits will be eliminated. Failure to purchase a permit will still be subject to a $20 citation.

When a resident purchases a permit online, the cost savings derived from the elimination of permit production, handling and mailing costs will be passed on to customers. The convenience fee will be reduced from the current $2.25 to $1.00.

Visit to purchase a night permit online and avoid the hassle of standing in line to pay in-person. Please call 286-CITY (2489) with any questions.


New Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant

Alderman Tony Zielinski joined owner Julio Lopez during the grand opening of the new Guanajuato Mexican Restaurant, 2317 S. Howell Ave., in Bay View at 10 a.m. on January 16, 2013. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

In late November 2012 Alderman Zielinski met with members of the Student Labor Action Coalition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and presented them with a Common Council commendation honoring the coalition and stating the Council’s support for its efforts to bring public attention to the unethical treatment by adidas of the former workers at the Indonesian sportswear manufacturer PT Kizone.


Alderman Zielinski Joins UW Student Group in Fight Against Adidas

Alderman Tony Zielinski sponsored a successful Common Council resolution recognizing and supporting the Student Labor Action Coalition at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in its effort to bring public attention to the treatment by adidas of the former workers at the Indonesian sportswear manufacturer PT Kizone.

PT Kizone, an Indonesian subcontractor of adidas Group, abruptly closed its factory in January 2011, leaving 2,800 workers jobless and without severance payments worth $1.8 million owed to them. The coalition has called for UW-Madison to honor its contract conditions requiring the adidas Group to adhere to local labor laws and give the adidas Group 90 days to remediate the violations by paying the workers of the PT Kizone company the money owed to them.

The Common Council resolution, approved by the full Council in October 2012, notes the city’s support for the ethical treatment of all workers through purchasing procedures and agreements, and notes the Council’s support for the Coalition’s efforts to have the workers at PT Kizone be rightfully compensated.

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Alderman Zielinski joined neighbors on November 13, 2012 for the unveiling of a new “Little Free Library” installation on city-owned land near S. Superior St. and E. Oklahoma Ave. The Little Free Library operates under the idea that people can take a book to read – and also leave a book or two inside for others to read. “This is a great way for us to encourage literacy and to just share some outstanding books with others,” Alderman Zielinski said.



Alderman Zielinski spoke at the Labor history event commemorating the seven workers who were killed marching for an eight-hour work day.


Alderman Zielinski Speaks Out Against Local Placement of Sex Offenders

Alderman Zielinski Appears on "Our Issues Milwaukee"


Alderman Zielinski joined Andrea Williams on the August 31, 2014 edition of "Our Issues Milwaukee" to talk about the 14th District, opportunities for economic growth and how the city can foster a better relationship between police officers and citizens.

Bay View Residents Rally Against Sex Assault

Alarmed and angered by a sexual assault that occurred in August, residents of Bay View took back the night, joining together as a community to encourage neighbors to look out for one another and demonstrating their commitment to maintaining Bay View as one of Milwaukee's safest neighborhoods.

Led by Alderman Zielinski, victims’ rights groups, police and other government officials met at the scene of the recent attack on Monday, August 26. Carrying signs, they walked through some of the area’s most prominent nighttime destinations in a show of support for the victim, solidarity as a neighborhood and uncompromising resolve to see the perpetrator arrested and prosecuted.

"This is one of the safest, most lively neighborhoods in the city," Alderman Zielinski said. "We are going to catch the perpetrator of this crime and see that he is prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Bay View is organized and committed to making this a neighborhood a place where everyone can feel safe at any time of day or night, and we look out for each other here."

Alderman Zielinski Appears on "The Morning Blend" with Local First Milwaukee

As part of a segment focusing on the impact of supporting locally-owned businesses, Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski appeared with other supporters of the Local First Milwaukee initiative on an edition of The Morning Blend on TODAY’S TMJ4.

Local First Milwaukee is a business alliance of independent, locally-owned businesses and non-profit organizations within the five-county Milwaukee metropolitan area (Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Waukesha, Racine and Kenosha Counties) aimed at bolstering the local economy. The owners of businesses in the organization are required to live and work within the metropolitan Milwaukee area, and also must participate in community activities and assist local charities.

Alderman Zielinski was the primary sponsor of a resolution this summer that pledged the City of Milwaukee’s backing to the Local First Milwaukee initiative, noting that studies have shown independent, locally-owned businesses create substantial benefits for their local economies, relative to their chain competitors.

Also joining The Morning Blend team as representatives of the Local First Milwaukee initiative were local business owner Faye Wetzel of Faye’s Boutiques in Brookfield and Mequon, Faye’s marketing manager Chantal “CJ” Otto and Nancy Quinn of Local First Milwaukee.


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Awards & Accolades

  • Appreciation Award for continued support and active involvement with Mexican Fiesta and the Wisconsin Hispanic Scholarship Foundation, Inc., August 2014

  • Appreciation Award from Organizing for Action Organization, August 20, 2014 - This recognizes Alderman Zielinski’s efforts to raise salaries of low income workers

  • Best Alderman Award, Shepherd Express Newspaper 2009

  • MICAH “To Do What Is Just” award,  Milwaukee Inner City Congregations Allied for Hope, 2009

  • River Hero Award, Friends of Milwaukee’s Rivers, 2008 - “Ald. Tony Zielinski is an elected official who doesn’t waffle under pressure.”

  • Wisconsin Film Hero award, 10th Annual Milwaukee Short Film Festival, 2008

  • Friend of the Taxpayer award, Citizens for Responsible Government, 2006

  • UMOS Building Better Futures award, United Migrant Opportunity Services, 2006

  • Milwaukee Police Association Politician of the Year, 2005

  • Appreciation Award, Career Youth Development Center, 2004-2009

  • Appreciation Award, Journey House, 2003

  • Volunteer Award, Journey House, 2002

  • Salute Award, African-American County Board Caucus, 2001

  • Friend of the Hispanic Community, United Community Center, 1995

  • Muchas Gracias Award, Walker Square Neighborhood Association, 1995

  • Appreciation Award, Puerto Rican Cultural Committee, 1995

  • Milwaukee Enterprise Center South Appreciation Award, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, 1990