Depending on which news sources you follow, Milwaukee is going through either a “renaissance” or a “reinvention.” However you want to define it, it’s safe to say that Milwaukee is currently building a lot of New & Wonderful Things! Here are some of them, brought to you by GTG Home Buyers!

• Let’s call this week’s installment “Here are all the new and wonderful things they’re REbuilding in Milwaukee.”

As you’ve probably heard, a 2.6-mile stretch of 6th Street—from North Avenue to National Avenue—is set to receive a big overhaul. The U.S. Department of Transportation is awarding Milwaukee a cool $36.6 million grant to transform the street into a so-called “complete street.” The rebuild will add “safe, dedicated infrastructure for people walking, biking, and taking transit as well as green infrastructure that will provide much needed tree canopy and increased green space.” The big news was highlighted by President Biden during his visit to Milwaukee last week.

“These are life changing improvements that are going to make it easier for Black communities in the north and Latino communities in the south to access jobs, school, and entertainment,” Biden said of the project’s additional aim of better connecting Milwaukee neighborhoods. [CBS 58]

• Harley-Davidson is building a new outdoor events venue at its Milwaukee headquarters, and would like to include “multiple freestanding signs and a Harley-Davidson monument.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• The Milwaukee Public Museum plans to break ground on its new facility in May, and begin construction this summer. And despite what you think you’ve heard from skimming headlines about MPM packing things up already, the new museum isn’t scheduled to open until 2027. The current museum will remain open until then. (They’re currently packing stuff that isn’t on display.) [The Daily Reporter]

• Will Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport get a new international terminal? Maybe! [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• They’re knocking down the old Boston Store at the old Northridge Mall! Finally! According to a press release: “Exterior, structural demolition of the city-owned Boston Store at the former Northridge Mall is expected to begin as early as Wednesday, March 20, 2024. The City understands the media’s interest and kindly asks all media personnel to maintain a cautious distance from the demolition site to ensure safety and avoid any potential hazards.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

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