Chris Larson listening sessions scheduled in April

March 31, 2014

District 7 State Senator Chris Larson will hold listening sessions at Bay View Middle & High School Tuesday, April 22, 5 to 6:30pm in the auditorium, 2571 S. Lenox Street; Thursday, April 24, 5 to 6:30pm at St. Francis Library, 4230 S. Nicholson Ave., St. Francis; and Wednesday, April 30, from 5 to 6:30pm at Cudahy Library, 3500 Library Ave., Cudahy.


Tamburitzans to perform April 13 in Greendale

March 31, 2014

The Duquesne University Tamburitzans will perform at Greendale High School, Sunday, April 13 at 2pm. Said to be the longest running live stage show in the U.S., the ensemble members perform music, songs, and dances of Eastern European and neighboring cultures. Founded in 1937, the Pittsburgh, Penn., ensemble is considered to be one of America’s premier folk ensembles. Reserved seats are $20 and $22. Info: (414) 671-5112 or duq.edu/tamburitzans.


Zielinski will push for council’s rejection of Dover School redevelopment plan

March 27, 2014

By Katherine Keller

District 14 alderman says strong majority of public comment expressed opposition

About 200 residents attended the March 24 public meeting hosted by District 14 Ald. Tony Zielinski to discuss the proposed redevelopment of the Dover Street School building by Milwaukee-based Maures Development Group, St. Paul-based CommonBond Communities, and Baltimore-based Seawall Development Company. Zielinski and panelists representing the developers, MPS, Milwaukee’s Department of City Development, and TeachTown MKE responded to audience members’ questions and comments.

Last year MPS issued a request for proposals for the conversion of the Dover Street School building to residential units to be marketed to new teachers. Teachtown MKE, an organization created to attract and retain educators, working with MPS and the city of Milwaukee’s Department of City Development, hopes to emulate a housing concept developed in Baltimore, Md., where new teachers rent apartments in a building designed to foster community, mentoring, and collaboration among the educators. The Dover School building’s amenities would include common space lounges, a fitness center, public spaces with copiers, computers, scanners, printers, and event/meeting rooms.

The city of Milwaukee owns MPS properties and it would sell the Dover school building and land to the developers.

The prevailing concerns expressed by audience members were that the developers’ plan possessed inadequate parking and that traffic volume produced by 90 residential units would degrade the quiet residential neighborhood surrounding the school. Some who spoke and identified themselves as residents of Dover Street or Potter Avenue said the neighborhood is already plagued with insufficient street parking.

The Dover property is bounded by Kinnickinnic Avenue, Potter Avenue, Dover Street, and an alley.

Those who spoke in favor of the development welcomed more apartment units for Milwaukee’s desirable Bay View neighborhood, more residents to support local businesses, and/or the development’s concept of creating a community for young educators.

The developers’ revised plan that was presented at March 24 meeting reduced new construction to a single 3-story building instead of two. The total number of was reduced from units from 110 to 90, with 43 in the former school building and 47 in the new building, which would be constructed in the second phase of the property’s redevelopment.

The plan included more greenspace with enhanced landscaping, and provided a larger play are and parking lot for the St. Lucas church and school. Dover Street School shared its playground and parking lot with St. Lucas for the past 100 years.

In an interview after the meeting, Zielinski said the revised plan did not move him to alter his opposition.

“The strong majority of people that live closest to Dover School were opposed to the development. Additionally, the majority of the people in general who live in our district are opposed. This is based on all forms of communication with my constituents. I respect everyone’s views but I have to go with the majority of my constituents,” Zielinski said. “The first plan had 100 units with 111 parking spaces and three buildings. The second plan has 90 units with 99 parking spaces and one (new) building. So instead of three large buildings, they are now proposing one even larger building. That is not much of a compromise.”

Melissa Goins, founder and president of Maures, said that she was pleased with the turnout and the thoughtful comments that she thought were more positive than negative. She said, “Clearly parking is a concern for existing residents.” She said that those concerns would be weighed against data that was being collected about traffic and parking in the Dover/St. Lucas neighborhood.

Addressing the design of the prosed development Goins said, “We are using St. Lucas School and Church, along with the (Bay View) library as design inspiration.”

Zielinski said that he has requested the Dover proposal to be included on the April 15 Zoning, Neighborhoods, and Development Committee agenda. The committee will review the proposal and pass it on to the Common Council either with a vote to or not to recommend it.

Anticipating the proposal’s defeat by the council, Zielinski said, “If MPS wants to sell the land, it must go through the city. That gives me a lot of leverage to find a development that works for the greatest number of my constituents.”

He said that he would follow the lead of a “neighborhood stakeholder committee that will be working with me on this task.”

First iteration of the proposed Dover Street School development. The development will be marketed as housing for teachers.

First iteration of the proposed Dover Street School development. The development will be marketed as housing for teachers.

Second iteration of the Dover Redevelopment Site Plan. The building that was slated for Dover St. has been removed and in its place there is open land for a play space and a parking lot for St. Lucas Lutheran School.

Second iteration of the Dover Redevelopment Site Plan. The building that was slated for Dover St. has been removed and in its place there is open land for a play space and a parking lot for St. Lucas Lutheran School.

 

Third iteration of the proposed Dover Street School development. The original plan included three new buildings, plus the repurposed Dover Street School. The development will be marketed as housing for teachers.

Third iteration of the proposed Dover Street School development. The original plan included three new buildings, plus the repurposed Dover Street School. The development will be marketed as housing for teachers.


Rare 1691 document featuring hand-painted figures, Zapotec language subject of UWM lecture April 10

March 25, 2014

Scholars Reveal Mysteries of Rare Mexican Document at Holzheimer Lecture, April 10

“The Ixtepeji Scroll: Mapping the Cultural Landscape of a Zapotec Noble Lineage” will be presented at 6 p.m. with a reception preceding the talk at 5:30 p.m. The AGS Library is located on the third floor, east wing of the UWM Golda Meir Library building, 2311 E. Hartford Ave. Image, above right: Michel Oudijk (left) and Sebastián van Doesburg examine tira during a research visit in June 2013. Photo by Kay Guildner.

Michel Oudijk (left) and Sebastián van Doesburg examine tira during a research visit in June 2013. Photo by Kay Guildner.

Michel Oudijk and Sebastián van Doesburg, both of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, will present the 2014 Holzheimer “Maps and American” lecture on Thursday, April 10, 2014  in the American Geographical Society Library, located on the east wing third floor of the Golda Meir Library.

The subject of their presentation is the Tira de Santa Catarina Ixtepeji—a colonial-era Mexican document so rare that until two years ago experts had only hints of its existence.

The Tira (Spanish for strip of paper or [comic] strip), dated 1691, had been acquired by the American Geographical Society of New York around 1917 and its importance in Zapotec history was recently rediscovered after examination by a Marquette history professor.

Approximately 7 feet long and 20 inches wide, the document features hand-painted images and text in Spanish and the indigenous Zapotec language, and functioned as a kind of deed, as well as a genealogy of the village of Santa Catarina Ixtepeji in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico.

Oudijk and van Doesburg are scholars of the Zapotec language, and they had been searching for years for the tira, known to them only through academic reports and an old photograph of the corner of the document.

Detail from the Tira de Santa Catarina Ixtepeji. AGS Library Collection.

Detail from the Tira de Santa Catarina Ixtepeji. AGS Library Collection.

Since the tira’s re-emergence, both men have traveled to Milwaukee to research it in depth. At their talk, they will present their findings and place the document in the context of colonial Mexico.

“The Ixtepeji Scroll: Mapping the Cultural Landscape of a Zapotec Noble Lineage” will be presented at 6 p.m. with a reception preceding the talk at 5:30 p.m. The AGS Library is located on the third floor, east wing of the UWM Golda Meir Library building, 2311 E. Hartford Ave.

For more information or special needs, please call 414-229-6282.

http://www4.uwm.edu/libraries/News/holzheimer_2014.cfm


Dover Street School development may be considered by council committee April 15

March 25, 2014

The Milwaukee Common Council’s  Zoning, Neighborhoods, and Development Committee (ZND) may consider the Dover Street School development proposal Tuesday, April 15, Alderman Tony Zielinski said today. ” It has been noticed to be heard on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.  Whether or not to schedule an item on a particular day is at the call of the chair.  If it is heard on April 15th and a recommendation is made, the file would be referred to the next Common Council meeting on April 22nd,” he said.

Common Council staff assistant Chris Lee said that agenda items are not usually established until a few days before a committee meeting.

Whether or not the Dover item is on the April 15 ZND meeting agenda will likely not be determined before April 12 or 13.

If the ZND considers the proposal at its April 15 meeting, the committee members will vote either to recommend the proposal, reject the proposal, or hold it for further consideration. If they make a recommendation either to support or oppose it, the proposal will be forwarded to the full Common Council for its vote.

Members of the Zoning, Neighborhoods, and Development Committee are Ald. James Bohl, Chair;  Ald. Jose Perez, Vice Chair; Ald. Willie C. Wade; Ald. Robert J. Bauman; and Ald. Nik Kovac. Kovac also sits on the Licenses Committee, chaired by Ald. Zielinski.

Both the committee meeting and the Common Council session are open to the public. The April 15 ZND meeting commences at 9am.

 


Dover Street School developers’ FAQ handout from March 24 public meeting

March 25, 2014

DOVER SCHOOL SITE – TEACHTOWN HOUSING
provided by  Maures LLC Developer (in tandem with CommonBond Communities)

First iteration of the proposed Dover Street School development. The development will be marketed as housing for teachers.

First iteration of the proposed Dover Street School development. The development will be marketed as housing for teachers.

Third iteration of the proposed Dover Street School development. The original plan included three new buildings, plus the repurposed Dover Street School. The development will be marketed as housing for teachers.

Third iteration of the proposed Dover Street School development. The original plan included three new buildings, plus the repurposed Dover Street School. The development will be marketed as housing for teachers.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

2. How has the Dover School site plan changed since the last community meeting and what is currently being proposed?
      After hearing from stakeholders at several community meetings, the plans have been revised to address concerns including: Accommodating St. Lucas’s desire to continue use of the playground and parking; Eliminating two of the three proposed new buildings; Reducing the number of new constructed units from 67 to 47; Adding more landscaping and green space throughout the site and in particular along Potter Avenue
Phase one would convert the existing school building into 43 apartments, including an estimated four studios, thirty-three one bedroom and six two-bedroom units. Phase two would be the construction of a new building with 47 apartments adjacent to the existing school on a portion of the current concrete parking lot. The new building will offer studio, one bedroom, and two bedroom units. .  Read/view entire FAQ.

 

 

 


Ald. Zielinski supports Cesar Chavez city worker holiday

March 25, 2014

Source: Milwaukee Common Council press release

 

City employees would have the option of taking off on March 31 annually as a holiday observing the

birthday of American labor and civil rights champion Cesar E. Chavez under proposed legislation to be heard

tomorrow by the Common Council’s Finance and Personnel Committee.

 

The proposed ordinance – Council file #131630 authored by Alderman Tony Zielinski and co-sponsored

by Alderman José G. Pérez, Alderman Bob Donovan, Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderman Robert W.

Puente – will be heard by the committee at 9 a.m. tomorrow (Wednesday, March 26) in room 301-B at City

Hall, 200 E. Wells St. Wednesday’s meeting will be televised live on the City Channel (Channel 25 on Time Warner Cable

in the City of Milwaukee), and on U-Verse Channel 99. Online viewing is available by going to

milwaukee.gov/Channel25.

 

Alderman Zielinski said he believes the Chavez birthday holiday measure is an excellent way to honor the

legacy “of a man who is a true hero to all working Americans. It behooves us to set aside an optional employee holiday in honor of Cesar Chavez, who helped bring

national attention to the unsafe and unfair working conditions of farm workers, and inspired millions of people of

all races to join in the nonviolent movement for farm workers’ rights,”  Alderman Zielinski.

 

The proposed legislation designates March 31 annually as “Cesar E. Chavez Day” in observance of the

birthday of Cesar Chavez and establishes that day as an optional holiday for city employees. Upon authorization

from a department head, an employee may take Cesar E. Chavez Day as a paid holiday in lieu of any other paid

holiday that same calendar year.

 

Also, file # 131630 states that if Cesar E. Chavez Day falls on a day on which city offices are open, each

department shall remain open and conduct the operations of the department and its observance does not change

the total number of paid holidays granted annually to any employee, and no compensatory time-off or holiday

premium pay shall be granted to any employee for work performed on Cesar E. Chavez Day.

 

Born on March 31, 1927, Cesar Chavez was a champion for civil rights, labor rights, voting rights, and

women’s rights, and empowered workers to seek advancement in education and politics, and served as an

inspiration for others working to better human rights.


After 44 years, American Estate Sales in Bay View loses lease

March 19, 2014

After 44 years of leasing the storefront at 2131 S. Kinnickinnic, Leonard Budney must vacate the storefront, where he began operating his business American Estate Services in 1970. The building was purchased by Shirley Konopski, he said, who formerly gave him notice to vacate. “She had to give me 30 days,” Budney said, “but she said I could take my time.”

Budney salvages architectural artifacts and ornaments from demolished homes and buildings — Steuben glass lampshades, carved wood, stained glass, doorplates, paneling, balustrades, and much more. He sold the salvaged gems in the Bay View storefront.

Budney is considering finding a new space to operate his business but he will also entertain selling the contents of his store. He said that he’ll sell every item for 25 cents each, but the buyer must purchase the complete inventory, which includes hundreds of refrigerator magnets, a couple of thousand keys, antique drawer pulls, door knobs, and thousands of other items.

“I won’t retire!” he said. “Not till I get up there,” he said, pointing to the sky.

In April 2012, Konopski was listed as the registered agent of SK Management, LLC, owner of the former Bella’s Café, 2736 S. Kinnickinnic. She purchased the building after the bank repossessed it from former owners Michael and Kim Schmidt. At that time,  Konopski told the Compass that she owned the property and that she was considering putting a Mexican restaurant in the former hamburger shop.

SK Management is also listed as owner of three homes that abut Bella’s Café, according to city of Milwaukee property data. The homes are located at 2747 and 2751 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. and 2724 S. Herman St.

Calls to Konopski today about her plans for the building were not immediately returned.


Rocket Baby Bakery will open retail shop at Dwell in late April

March 19, 2014

—courtesy Rocket Baby
—courtesy Rocket Baby

Rocket Baby Bakery, an artisan baker in Wauwatosa, will open its second retail location in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood in the Dwell complex, 2452 S Kinnickinnic Ave.

Rocket Baby Bakery is an artisan bakery located in East Wauwatosa. Founded in 2012, Rocket Baby produces artisanal breads and pastries made from scratch daily for their own retail café as well as for local restaurants, coffeehouses and hotels.

This month marks its the second anniversary of the Wauwatosa location.

“The Bay View Satellite Café seemed like a natural next step for us. It is a great space, right on Kinnickinnic Ave in the heart of the community,” said owner Geoff Trenholme. “We’ve heard from folks in Bay View that they’d like to see us there, so here we are!”

Breads and pastries will be delivered fresh every morning from the Wauwatosa Bakery along their signature macaroons and other items created by Pastry Chef Matt Haase.

Smaller than the Wauwatosa location, the 575 square foot space will be tailored primarily to takeout customers, however a few tables and chairs will be available for those looking to stay and enjoy a croissant and coffee.

The Bay View Satellite Café is targeted to open at the end of April with a grand opening tentatively scheduled for early May.

 


House fire quickly extinguished on Burrell Street

March 18, 2014

By Katherine Keller

A neighbor detected smoke coming from the two-story duplex at 2584 S. Burrell Street about 1 pm today and called 911 to report a fire. —Katherine Keller

A neighbor detected smoke coming from the two-story duplex at 2584 S. Burrell Street about 1 pm today and called 911 to report a fire. —Katherine Keller

Smoke was detected coming from the two-story wood frame building at 2584 and 2584A Burretl St. about 12 pm today by a neighbor who lives across the street at 2581 S. Burrell St. The unidentified woman said that when she sent her son’s father to investigate, he reported that he could feel heat emanating from the building. She called 911 and Milwaukee Fire Department personnel arrived “very fast,” she said.

“I could smell smoke before I saw it,” she said. She was returning from a doctor’s appointment when she smelled smoke.

A neighbor, who lives next door to the home where the fire occurred, said a he thought a woman lives on the first floor and that her daughter lives in the second floor flat.

It appeared that no one was home at the time of the fire.

Firefighters removed the glass from first and second story windows and extinguished the fire within 15 minutes of their arrival on the scene.

The extent of damage is not known at this time but the roof and building exterior appear to be intact.

According to city property records the wood-frame duplex built in 1898 is owned by Connie and Mark McCormick.

The building is located a block south of the former Mattuschek Brothers grocery story, 2547 S. Burrell St., where there was a fire May 11, 2013, which destroyed the roof and much of the interior second floor.

Milwaukee Fire Department’s Recue Co. 1, Truck No. 6, Engine Co. No. 31, Engine Co. No. 7, Truck Co. No. 1, Truck Co. No. 2, Engine Co. No. 23, and the Paramedic Unit responded.


UWM Freshwater Sciences school receives $500,000 grant to support its GL Genomics Center

March 18, 2014

Fund for Lake Michigan boosts clean water research at UW-Milwaukee

The Fund for Lake Michigan has approved a $500,000 grant to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) School of Freshwater Sciences to support its $53 million expansion along Milwaukee’s inner harbor.

The grant will support the Great Lakes Genomics Center, the nation’s first research center dedicated solely to the application of ground breaking genomic and molecular tools to address the issues of freshwater management, protection, restoration and preservation. With this research, scientists hope to develop new technologies and more cost-effective strategies to improve the Great Lakes’ watershed – just as the Human Genome Project produced new understanding of human diseases and strategies to combat them.

“Our grant to UWM is part of the Fund’s broad-based strategy to improve water quality in southeastern Wisconsin, whether through applied research, habitat restoration, beach improvements or urban waterfront redevelopment,” says Vicki Elkin, the Fund’s executive director.

“Through the generosity of the Fund for Lake Michigan, UWM can further position itself as a leader in cutting-edge research addressing some of the world’s most pressing clean water issues and, at the same time, strengthen our local economy,” says UWM Chancellor Michael R. Lovell.

The gift is part of a “challenge grant” established by the Fund and will leverage financing for the Genomics Center to invest in state-of-the-art equipment, most notably a second DNA sequencer. This was made possible through a secured grant from the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and a donation by Kikkoman Foods, Inc.

“The Fund for Lake Michigan has become an integral and vital partner in supporting Milwaukee’s efforts to expand the region’s international leadership as a water technology hub,” says Rich Meeusen, co-chair of Milwaukee’s Water Council and President/CEO/Chairman of Badger Meter, Inc.

The Fund for Lake Michigan is a philanthropic organization whose mission is to support efforts aimed toward the enhancement of Lake Michigan, its shoreline and tributary river systems. Since 2011, the Fund has awarded 75 grants to support high-profile projects in the area to benefit the people, plants and animals of southeastern Wisconsin. To learn more about the Fund’s mission, projects and past grants, visit www.fundforlakemichigan.org.

The UWM School of Freshwater Sciences is the only graduate school in the nation to offer the focused study of freshwater sciences. Through four major areas of study, the School of Freshwater Sciences educates and cultivates the next generation of freshwater professionals to promote the health and sustainability of freshwater systems worldwide. Discover more of the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences at www4.uwm.edu/freshwater/.

Source: Fund For Lake Michigan Press Release


MKE County Parks Seeks Public Input re 2015-2020 Strategic Plan — March 26, South Shore Park Pavilion, 6-7:30pm

March 13, 2014

Source: Milwaukee County Parks press release

Public Input Needed for Parks 5-Year Strategic Plan

 Members of the community will have the opportunity to provide input on the Milwaukee County Parks 2015-2020 Strategic Plan at any of five presentations or via an online survey. Town-hall style meetings will take place March 17-26, throughout Milwaukee County.

Parks Director John Dargle, Jr. will introduce the process and discuss the next steps on how the public can stay engaged throughout the plan’s implementation. Dr. Angela Allen, the plan facilitator from UW-Cooperative Extension, will then present the draft plan and encourage public input to assist in establishing strategic objectives for the Parks Department. The 30-minute presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

The public will be asked to evaluate the Parks self-identified strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and challenges to help shape strategic initiatives.

“We are looking forward to hearing from our park patrons and community partners,” said Dargle. “It is through the involvement of the public, staff, the Parks Advisory Commission, County Board, and the County Executive that we are able to develop the best road map for the future.”

The meeting schedule is as follows: 

Monday, March 17, 2-3:30 p.m.      Washington Park Senior Center, 4420 W. Vliet St.

Thursday, March 20, 12:30-2 p.m.  Wilson Park Senior Center, 2601 W. Howard Ave.

Monday, March 24, 6-7:30 p.m.      Lincoln Park Blatz Pavilion Upper Level, 1301 W. Hampton Ave.

Tuesday, March 25, 6-7:30 p.m.      Lake Park Pavilion Marcia Coles Community Room, 3133 E. Newberry Blvd.

Wednesday, March 26, 6-7:30 p.m. South Shore Pavilion, 2900 South Shore Dr.

Comments will be taken at the meetings, online, and through the mail.

For those unable to attend the meetings, the presentation and survey will be available online at countyparks.com.

For accommodation requests, call (414) 257-6100 at least 72 hours in advance.


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