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.
• Milwaukee is apparently getting a “mini version” of New York City’s celebrated High Line park. A small park known as Trestle Park will be built along the Milwaukee River at 501 E. Erie St. According to Urban Milwaukee, “the park will merge the trestle structure at the northern end of the long-unused Chicago & North Western Railroad swing bridge with a new segment of the Milwaukee RiverWalk and a plaza planted with native vegetation.” [Urban Milwaukee]
• Want 30 new townhouses in Brewers Hill that will be sold as condos instead of apartments? You’ve got 30 new townhouses in Brewers Hill that will be sold as condos instead of apartments. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• A lot underneath Interstate 794, between the 3rd Ward and downtown, could soon be home to “live bands, a children’s playground or even volleyball league games.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• A four-story, 108-room hotel may be coming to the former Joy Global Inc. parking lot, one block east of Miller Park. The brand name has yet to be released, but the hotel will “include a swimming pool and might also feature a meeting room.” Buckle up! [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• A former factory at 1500 W. North Ave., in the city’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood, is one step closer to becoming an apartment complex. The so-called “Legacy Lofts at the Blommer Ice Cream Factory” will have a total of 64 units—the vast majority of them “set aside for those making between $17,400 and $46,920.” [Urban Milwaukee]
• Everyone is still arguing about that $25 million Bay View “gateway” project, a.k.a. a massive six-story mixed-use development that will likely be plopped on the former site of Hamburger Mary’s at 2130 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. On one side of the debate are longtime residents who worry about the future of the neighborhood, its ever-fading character, and parking; on the other side are those who, c’mon, let’s be honest, are eventually going to get their way. [Urban Milwaukee]