Depending on which news sources you follow, Milwaukee is going through either a “renaissance” or a “reinvention.” Or maybe it’s a “reboot” or a “reimagining,” like that crappy Tim Burton version of Planet Of The Apes. However you want to define it, it’s safe to say that Milwaukee is currently building a lot of new shit.

• Last week in a star-studded groundbreaking ceremony, Milwaukee Ballet, well, broke ground on its new Baumgartner Center for Dance. The two-story, 52,000 square foot facility will be located at 132 N. Jackson St., and will be funded by an already-in-progress $26 million capital campaign.

“The unveiling of the Baumgartner Center for Dance is a critical and celebratory milestone in Milwaukee Ballet’s history,” said Justin Mortara, Milwaukee Ballet President and Capital Campaign Chair. “We are grateful to our donors who have contributed to this new era for the company. We are confident in the success of the project and are excited to put the shovel in the ground today.” [Milwaukee Ballet]

• Milwaukee has a lot of nifty stuff these days, but does it have urban stables for Milwaukee Police Department horses? No, but that’s about to change. Construction could begin this September on the city’s first urban stables, located at 143 E. Lincoln Ave. in Bay View. The facility would house two dozen horses, “half for a variety of therapy programs, and half for the Milwaukee Police Department’s Mounted Patrol.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• “We have some interesting ideas,” said Andrew Schmitt of Michels Realty about his company’s plans for the former Horny Goat brewpub site. [Urban Milwaukee]

• Two duplexes next to the old Judge’s on the East Side will be replaced by a four-story, 36-unit apartment building. [BizTimes]

• Construction crews poured concrete for 20 hours to complete the foundation for the new 25-story BMO Tower on the corner of Water and Wells. The Milwaukee Business Journal has the “inside-the-fence” pictures to prove it. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• The Contour—a.k.a. the six-story, 80-unit apartment building going up where the old Prospect Mall parking lot used to be—is coming along nicely. Urban Milwaukee has the pictures to prove that. [Urban Milwaukee]

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In his spare time, Matt Wild enjoys collecting 8-bit Nintendo games (emulation is for creeps) and fondly remembering the time Milwaukee weatherman Vince Condella caused a stir at his Catholic grade school by showing up with an earring. He lives on Milwaukee's East Side.