Recognition of the Retirement of Gregg C. Hagopian, Assistant City Attorney
May 2, 2022
Mayor Cavalier Johnson has proclaimed May 2, 2022 as Gregg Hagopian Day. He has signed a proclamation that recognizes the many contributions Gregg has made to the City of Milwaukee and the City Attorney’s Office. Gregg has been in the City Attorney’s Office since 1994. He has developed a tremendous amount of expertise in the areas of real estate and development. Gregg has provided sound legal advice to the Department of City Development, the Redevelopment Authority, and many other City departments over the years. His contributions are quite substantial. Some of those contributions include his legal expertise in real estate development, eminent domain, property tax assessment, historic preservation, blight reduction, and many more. It is hard to enumerate the many areas of the office he has touched over his 28 years of service to the City of Milwaukee.
Gregg served as an interim deputy for the City Attorney, Tearman Spencer. He was instrumental in helping to acclimate Mr. Spencer to the office. He has trained many new attorneys over the course of time and has been an anchor for so many of us. What the proclamation is unable to capture is that Gregg is an all-around amazing person. Gregg’s ability to frame a tough situation into a positive framework is unmatched. Such a skill set proves to be invaluable, especially during challenging times. He is good for an engaging story and a cup of tea. He has an interesting taste in music and literature and can often offer a perspective. Gregg will truly be missed as a valuable city employee.
"Build a better mouse trap," was Gregg's motto, as we all know. As he goes off on adventures in the North Woods or wherever his compass directs him, we wish him the best in his retirement. Gregg is a friend to many and he is appreciated more than can be stated here. We wish Gregg C. Hagopian the best of luck and enjoyment in his retirement!!!
Thirteen31 Place Apartments
October 26, 2021
There was a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Thirteen31 Place Apartments at 13th and National Avenue on October 26th. The City Attorney’s Office assisted DCD in conveying this property to the developer. A tax-delinquent, environmental brownfield, with boarded and abandoned buildings was transformed into a neighborhood asset. The abandoned buildings were torn down and replaced with a new apartment building with market rate and low-income rental units.
The New State Theater
September 13, 2021
City Attorney Spencer appeared at a groundbreaking and mural unveiling at The New State (a nonprofit that will operate an all-ages music venue with vocational training), 26th and State. The building is being rehabbed for this purpose now. Meanwhile, an outdoor stage and Music Park will operate to the east of the building and a mural was painted on the east wall of the building. The City Attorney’s Office assisted with the City’s sale of the land and building to The New State for this project.
Tia Richardson Mural
September 10, 2021
City Attorney Spencer appeared at a mural being painted by artist Tia Richardson on the retaining wall at 2876 N. 32nd Street. The City provided some funding for this art project and the City Attorney’s Office prepared the Mural Agreement.
City Attorney presents on panel at NO Studios regarding community health, at event co-sponsored by the New State Theater
August 21, 2021
City Attorney Spencer was on a panel at NO Studios along with: David Crowley, Milwaukee County Executive; Demonte Dismuke, Host; Kenneth Ginlack, Director of Outpatient Programs, Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Dept.; Shannon Ross, The Community (a TID 105-financed project that the City Attorney’s Office assisted with); Dominee Meek, Juvenile Justice Reform; Ray Nitti, Urban Underground Alumni and Co-developer of "The Corridor;" and Youth Artists Ja Lotto and Baby Shade.
City Attorney’s Office helps close land transaction that will allow homes and supportive services for homeless veterans
July 9, 2021
City Attorney Spencer spoke at the Closing ceremony of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee’s 7-acre land sale to the Veterans Outreach of Wisconsin (VOW) for the development of the Gary G. Wetzel Veteran Village. That development just west of N. 60th Street and Green Tree Road, in Alderwoman Lewis’s 9th District, will provide up to 48 tiny homes, and a community center, and support services for veterans. Along with City Attorney Spencer and VOW representatives, Ald. Lewis, Mayor Barrett, and DCD Commissioner Crump spoke at the Closing ceremony about this important project in our City. Gary G. Wetzel is a Milwaukee native, a U.S. Army Veteran, and a Congressional Medal of Honor Award Winner. The City Attorney’s Office provides important legal representation to the City of Milwaukee and its Redevelopment Authority, including handling the legal aspects of real estate and development deals like this. We look forward to the groundbreaking for this project.