Humboldt Park Beer Garden grand opening June 30th 

June 26, 2014

Source: Milwaukee County Parks Press Release

A Milwaukee tradition comes to Bay View 

Milwaukee County Parks in partnership with Saint Francis Brewing Co., has announced the grand opening of the Humboldt Park Beer Garden, on Monday, June 30 at 4 p.m. Humboldt Park is located at 3000 S. Howell Ave. The beer garden is adjacent to the pavilion, off of  Pine St. and Oklahoma Ave. The grand opening celebration will kick off with a ceremonial keg tapping at 6 p.m. with free beer while supplies last.

Nick Dillon, Saint Francis Brewery and Restaurant’s General Manager stated, “We are so excited to provide this opportunity for the community of Bay View to gather together and take in the beauty of Humboldt Park while enjoying a craft beer or soda.”

You will be able to purchase seasonal hand crafted tap beer, hand crafted soda, and snacks including beer cheese soup, Bavarian pretzels, and Klement’s brats and frankfurters. A $6 refundable glass deposit will be required. The public is invited to bring their own picnic baskets and make new friends with the shared table seating. Hours of operation are weekdays from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., with last call at 8:30 p.m. The beer garden will not be open on July 4th. A concessions trailer will offer beer, soda, and other items from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the park.

“The beer garden will compliment Humboldt Park and we are excited to partner with a great local business, Saint Francis Brewery,” said Parks Director John Dargle, Jr. “We see the beer garden as a positive addition and hope it will enhance everyone’s enjoyment of the park.”

Beer Gardens in Milwaukee have been a tradition, bringing friends, families, and neighbors together in a relaxed, social setting. With the arrival of German immigrants in the mid-1800s, beer gardens began to spring up throughout the city as the center of summer social life.

For more information, call (414) 257-PARK or visit countyparks.com.

 


City offering 1,000 free trees for Milwaukee residents June 27

June 25, 2014

Restoring Milwaukee’s Urban Tree Canopy Program 

The City of Milwaukee Department of Public Works – Forestry is partnering with the Energy Exchange Inc. to restore Milwaukee’s urban tree canopy by offering 1,000 FREE trees to City of Milwaukee residents and business/commercial property owners.

Reserve your free tree(s) by completing and submitting this form by JUNE 27, 2014 to Bryan Simon, C/O the Energy Exchange, 4121 S. 6th Street, Milwaukee, WI 53234, fax: 414-747-9646 or by email at bryan@energyexchangeinc.org.

Pick-up your free tree(s) on SATURDAY, June 28, 2014 from 8am – 11:30am rain or shine at the tree holding yard located on the southeast corner of S. 6th Street and Waterford Avenue south of hoop houses. Enter at the gravel driveway on S. 6th Street. Street parking available.

All unreserved trees will be distributed on Saturday also on a first come, first serve basis. Forms can be filled-out on-site at time of pick-up, but selection will be limited to variety and quantity of trees available.

Trees play a vital role in reducing stormwater run-off, improving air and water quality, provide valuable shade and can reduce summer energy costs and add beauty to the urban landscape.

City residents and business/commercial property owners agree to plant and maintain trees on private property.

Reserve a tree with the form that you can download here.


Animal boarding facility request for Bay View to be considered at by zoning board

June 16, 2014

The Board of Zoning Appeals will hear testimony by Tiffany Weber on June 26 who will wants to occupy the premises at 432 E. Bay Street as an animal boarding facility. The board meets at 4pm in Room 301-B of the Common Council Committee Rooms at Milwaukee City Hall.

Read the entire meeting agenda here.


TONIGHT: Green Night at Chill on the Hill; Extra Crispy Brass Band and Humboldt Park/Journey House CLC Drumline

June 10, 2014

Chill on the Hill (Green Night) Extra Crispy Brass Band with Humboldt Park/Journey House CLC Drum Line- Presented by BVNA Member Richard Buschmann Humboldt Park Band Shell
Date: 10 Jun 2014 6:00 PM CDT

Join the fun at the annual Green Night at Chill on the Hill in Humboldt Park featuring the New Orleans jazz stylings of the Extra Crispy Brass Band at 6:30pm.  The Humboldt Park Drum line will kick the night off at 6pm.  http://www.extracrispybrassband.com/

DON’T FORGET TO NOMINATE A NEIGHBOR OF THE NIGHT!!! SEND US AN EMAIL WITH YOUR NOMINATION @ BAYVIEWNEIGHBORHOOD@GMAIL.COM!!  …and remember it is Teacher Appreciation Week 🙂

Green Night returns to Chill on the Hill to show the BVNA’s dedication to making Bay View environmentally sound!  Make sure to check out these organizations that will be there to answer your “green” questions or learn about what other organizations around the city are doing to improve environmental health.

Milwaukee Riverkeepers
Hank Aaron State Trail
Milwaukee Recycles
Sweet Water (Southeastern Wisconsin Watersheds Trust, Inc.)
Milwaukee Renewable Energy Association
Groundwork Milwaukee
Urban Ecology Center
Milwaukee County Transit
UW-Extenstion
Kompost Kids
Escuela Verde

 


ATTORNEY GENERAL J.B. VAN HOLLEN FILES WITH U.S. COURT OF APPEALS SEVENTH CIRCUIT EMERGENCY MOTION FOR TEMPORARY STAY IN THE MATTER OF WOLF, ET AL. V. WALKER, ET AL. 

June 9, 2014

Source: Press release Office of JB Van Hollen

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen issued the following statement today upon the filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit an emergency motion for temporary stay in the matter of Wolf, et al. v. Walker, et al.  

“Nearly two and a half weeks ago, I explained to the federal court in Madison that even though a number of courts throughout the country have nullified state bans on same-sex marriages, those same federal courts, and in some cases appellate courts, following the lead of the U.S. Supreme Court, have stayed those rulings pending appeal.  Consistent with those court decisions, and prior to her decision on Friday, I asked Judge Crabb to immediately stay any decision she might issue invalidating Wisconsin’s ban on same-sex marriage. Consistent with my concern for certainty and reliability understanding some actors may choose to take actions based on the decision, I asked for an emergency stay immediately following her decision.

The point of a stay is obvious to most: it preserves the status quo during the appeal process and prevents the introduction of uncertainty, inconsistency, and confusion into Wisconsin’s marriage laws. As I continue to defend Wisconsin’s Constitution and the law remains unsettled, procedures like the stay give reliability to officials’ actions and our citizens’ decisions.

The U.S Supreme Court will almost certainly decide this important issue once and for all during its next term. There is absolutely no reason to allow Wisconsin’s county clerks to decide for themselves, on a county-by-county basis, who may and may not lawfully get married in this state.  Nor is there any reason to subject any citizen to the stress and legal uncertainty that will result, as it has in other jurisdictions, if they are permitted to immediately contract marriages pursuant to a district court decision that may soon be reversed on appeal.

It is because of these common-sense and legal process considerations that other federal courts throughout the country have stayed recent decisions striking down state bans on same-sex marriage.  The federal court in Madison, however, has issued an order declaring Wisconsin’s ban unconstitutional, while simultaneously postponing until some indefinite future date a decision on my pending request for an immediate stay of any such decision.  As a result, some Wisconsin counties have already begun issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, while others appropriately continue to await further action by the federal court.

For these reasons, I have filed an emergency motion with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago, seeking an immediate stay of Judge Crabb’s ruling. I have now asked Judge Crabb for a stay twice, and she has refused to rule. While many people disagree as to the propriety of same-sex marriage (which is not unusual in a democracy), we should all agree that all those who seek and enjoy marriage in Wisconsin deserve stability, certainty, and finality.”

Documents Filed with the Seventh Circuit:

Emergency Motion

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

Exhibit D

Exhibit E

AAG Samuelson Declaration

Documents Filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin

Notice of Appeal — U.S. District Court, WD

Docketing Statement — U.S. District Court, WD

On Friday, June 6, 2014, Van Hollen filed with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin an emergency motion for temporary stay in the matter of Wolf, et al. v. Walker, et al.  A link to the motion is available here.

 

 


BAY VIEW BITES — Cream City Swirl

June 5, 2014

By Monica Maniaci

CREDIT Monica Maniaci

CREDIT Monica Maniaci

Frozen yogurt shops seem to be popping up everywhere. Contributing to the trend is Cream City Swirl, 2663 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., which opened its doors Easter weekend.

Cream City Swirl offers gelato, crepes, and weigh-and-pay frozen yogurt. It also serves Stone Creek Coffee. Although we skipped the coffee, my family and I stopped in one evening and tried all three desserts.

The gelato is from La Coppa Gelato, a local business in Brookfield, Wis. Cream City Swirl offers six flavors. We sampled the Merlot, which tasted amazingly just like the wine; Chili Chocolate, which had a robust chocolate flavor followed by an intense kick of heat; and Peanut Butter Cup, which tasted just like its name. We decided to order a single scoop of Mint Chocolate Chip ($3.95), which had a strong and satisfying mint flavor.

Next we tried a couple of crepes. First we tried the Love Capone ($6.50), which was filled with mixed berries, mascarpone cheese, and white chocolate drizzle. It was fantastic. The crepe itself was perfectly cooked, light and little crispy around the edges. It was abundantly stuffed, not too sweet, and not too big.

We ordered the KK Classic Crepe next ($3.50), which was filled with lemon juice, sugar, and butter. It was flakey around the edges and soft in the middle, and the lemon and the butter blend was succulent.

Next, my daughters shared a bowl of weigh-and-pay frozen yogurt. There are four self-serve frozen yogurt machines to choose from, each with three different flavors of frozen yogurt. Customers can make a number of choices and combinations. For example, my daughters chose Strawberry Cheesecake Supreme, which was a swirl of Strawberry Frozen Yogurt and Cheesecake Frozen Yogurt. I tried it and thought it was very tasty. My daughters couldn’t get enough!

With flavors such as Birthday Cake, Triple Chocolate, Chocolate Cupcake, and Blueberries and Cream, it was hard for them to decide on just one. Luckily, Cream City Swirl has tiny paper cups available for samples.

After they filled their bowl with frozen yogurt, they headed for the toppings. The day we were there, we counted 29 different toppings. They could have chosen Reese’s Pieces, Mini Malted Milk Balls, Caramel Cups, Snickers Pieces, Gummie Cubs, Mochi Rice Cake, Cookie Dough, Fresh Blackberries, Fresh Blueberries, S’mores Pieces, or Birthday Cake Pieces, but they took it easy with a large spoonful of Rainbow Sprinkles and Mini M&Ms.

After they chose their toppings, they went to the counter to pay. They put their cup of frozen yogurt on the scale and the employees weighed it. At 47 cents per ounce, the price was just over $4.

The employees were helpful, fun, and kind. Customers seemed satisfied, and were coming in one after the other. The décor is inviting. It is clean and simple, and the space is bright and open. Mirrors hang on the ceiling, adding interest and visual appeal.

It’s safe to say that Cream City Swirl is another nice addition to the neighborhood!


New name for Art Stop 

June 5, 2014

District 14 Ald. Tony Zielinski said that he plans to hold a contest to rename the bus shelter project currently known as Art Stop. He said he wants the new name to more directly reflect the shelter design, which includes a 32-foot tall “sail.” He also said he plans to hold a street party on Lincoln Avenue between Kinnickinnic and Howell to celebrate the completion of the project, now projected for mid-June. Roman Montoto designed the $167,000 shelter, which is under construction, on the traffic triangle in the intersection of Howell, Lincoln, and Kinnickinnic avenues.

 


All Abilities Playground planned for St. Francis 

June 5, 2014

The St. Francis All Abilities Playground is planned for an empty lot near the intersection of Howard and Packard avenues. The playground will include accessible equipment such as wheelchair swings, as well as musical instruments, Braille and sign language features, and a quiet spot for children who need a non-stimulating place to rest. Playground planners said it would be the only free, one-of-its-kind accessible playground in Milwaukee County.

On July 11, a community-oriented Design Day is planned to give children the opportunity to present their ideas for the playground to representatives from Leathers and Associates, a New York- and Florida-based firm that specializes in designing and building custom playgrounds. The $300,000 project will be funded entirely by donations and built by community volunteers. Groundbreaking is slated for fall 2016.

Jocelyn Borzick, the mother of an active 12-year-old son, who survived Shaken Baby Syndrome, is spearheading the project.

Many volunteers, businesses, and local residents are already on board to make the project a reality. For more information, contacts, volunteer, and donor opportunities: stfaaplayground.org.

Tim Ochnikowski of Milwaukee County’s Office of Persons with Disabilities said that various county parks possess playgrounds with some accessible features, including Braille pads. Both Grant Park in South Milwaukee and Underwood Park in Wauwatosa include wheelchair accessible state- of-the-art playgrounds with a “roll-in” sandbox.

Port Washington, Wis. built an accessible playground in 2008 that features more than 30 pieces of specialized equipment and activities, according to its website. Named Possibility Playground, it was designed for children of all abilities.  possibilityplayground.org

 


City’s new Bike Safety Awareness Week

June 5, 2014

By Jill Rothenbueler Maher

Starting this year, the first full week in June will be Bicycle Safety Awareness Week in the city of Milwaukee.

The annual Bicycle Safety Awareness Week is the result of a Common Council resolution co-sponsored by District 14 Alderman Tony Zielinski, who represents Bay View, and District 9 Alderman Robert W. Puente. It was unanimously approved by the Common Council.

The resolution instructs several city departments to collaborate to promote bike week. The Department of Public Works and the Department of Health are to work with the Milwaukee Police Department on promotion, along with other city and local agencies and organizations, including the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and the Bicycle Federation of Wisconsin, now more commonly know at Wisconsin Bicycle Fed (Bike Fed).

The idea for the resolution was made by Bike Fed and will accomplish three main goals, Zielinski said. “It’s a great thing for the city of Milwaukee for a number of reasons. First, it’s a healthy activity. We need all the exercise we can get and the more the city promotes that type of activity, the more people will participate. Also it enhances the quality of life. We have a lot of people in our district who like to bike and it’s good for their quality of life. Last, safe. We want them to be safe,” he said.

Jake Newborn, youth education program manager at Bike Fed, organized events surrounding the week. On June 14, locals can spin their wheels between two lakefront parks on the Bay View Family Ride. It will begin at South Shore Park, hit Sheridan Park, and loop back.

Residents are invited to bike to work with Zielinski on June 4. “With the ride to work, we’re hoping to accomplish education and promote a sense of community. Anyone in Bay View, (can) bike with us — we all can do it as a community. It will promote a sense of community and safety,” he said. To join this ride, meet at Sven’s Café, 2699 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. by 7am.

There are some events designed for students. Newborn will teach “Bicycle Driver’s Education” to all 4th and 5th graders at Humboldt Park School the first two weeks of June.

Bike Fed will implement the program in cooperation with the Milwaukee Public Schools Recreation Department. The effort is part of the Safe Route to School Program, funded by a Wisconsin Department of Transportation grant that will reach over 24 Milwaukee Public Schools sites and over 2400 kids each year.

Bike Fed also partnered with MPS and Bay View Middle & High School to build a cargo bike with Bay View Middle School students. A cargo bike has a very solid frame and is designed with a “cargo hold” in the front for transporting loads. The bike will be on display at some of the events such as the June 14 family ride.

Some local bike shops are offering safety-related discounts during the awareness week.

Newborn has organized bike- or walk-to-school events at local schools. At Fernwood Montessori last month, Bike Fed distributed maps with safe routes to school with superimposed safety-related details like marked crosswalks and stoplights on city streets and trails. They include recommended routes. Kate Riordan of the Bike Fed collaborated with students to create the maps.

In other bicycling events, the long-running United Performing Arts Fund Ride for the Arts sponsored by Miller Lite takes place Sunday, June 1. The ride begins and ends on the Summerfest grounds and includes six routes, with one of the 25-mile options crossing the Hoan Bridge and traveling through Bay View to Grant Park and back. The other 25-mile option will traverse surface roads and also head to Grant Park and back to the Summerfest grounds. The UPAF ride began in 1981 and is one of the largest one-day recreational rides in the country.

 


Tiny doors in Humboldt Park

June 5, 2014

By Steve Vande Zande

A component of the challenge was to explore new and interesting ways for park users to engage in the park. Bay View Middle & High School students used geometrical concepts to shape each door to fit an irregular space at the base of trees in Humboldt Park. CREDIT Milwaukee Public Schools

A component of the challenge of making the tiny doors was to explore new and interesting ways for park users to engage in the park. Bay View Middle & High School students used geometrical concepts to shape each door to fit an irregular space at the base of trees in Humboldt Park. CREDIT Milwaukee Public Schools

In addition to the geese, squirrels, dogs, ducks, Cooper’s hawks, and the occasional Great Blue Heron in Humboldt Park, those who stroll its grounds may also spot flashes of color painted on tiny doors that have been tucked into the crevices at the base of some of the trees in Humboldt Park. The doors were created by geometry students at Bay View Middle & High School, part of its STEAM. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), Restorative Justice, and Creativity and Innovation programs.

Students who participated in the innovation challenge applied design theory across different subject areas where they were challenged to create solutions for real-world problems, presented through a hands-on art-integrated experience. This year one of those challenges was the Tiny Doors project, where students designed miniature doors to the fit nooks and crannies at the base of some of the trees in Humboldt Park, which required employing engineering, math, and art.

Small teams of students designed the various tiny doors. Students used geometrical concepts to shape each door to fit an irregular space. Each door is unique in its design. One door tells the story of the rabbit hole in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, another explores the theme of identity, while others are purely about design.

The significance of the project runs deeper than being part of the school’s creativity and innovation programming. It is also positioned with BVMHS’s Restorative Practice program, a reform effort of the school. Repairing harm is among one of the main goals of Restorative Practice, where students are engaged in the community in a productive and meaningful way. In the past Humboldt Park was an area of the neighborhood where students caused great harm — to the park and thereby to the Bay View community. Consequently, students now must work to repair that harm. The tiny doors project was a wonderful way to do so because it not only provides beauty to the community, but it also allows students to feel that they have contributed to the community in a positive and meaningful way. The doors should be in place until early summer. The Bay View Neighborhood Association funded the project.

Steve Vande Zande is the Creativity and Innovation Program Implementer at Bay View Middle & High School.


Building innovation at BVMHS — a cargo bike and Bevin’s skiff

June 5, 2014

By Monica Maniaci

Forget what you think you know about Bay View Middle & High School. The school and its students are on the cusp of a new era of innovation and creativity. With two major projects in the works, students from BVMHS are successfully employing their engineering, math, science, technology, and art/design skills. They are building a working boat that will be launched in the Humboldt Park Lagoon this spring, and a cargo bike that will be used by Kompost Kids.

Skiff
The boat (a Bevin’s skiff) is a collaborative project between Bay View Middle & High School, Artists Working In Education (AWE), and All Hands Boatworks. The 7th and 8th grade construction students are working with volunteers from both groups to learn about the science and math of boat building.

BVMHS students named their Bevin’s skiff Red Cat. It is 12 feet long with a 4½-foot beam and will accommodate three people or a total weight up to 450 pounds.       CREDIT Monica Maniaci

BVMHS students named their Bevin’s skiff Red Cat. It is 12 feet long with a 4½-foot beam and will accommodate three people or a total weight up to 450 pounds.       CREDIT Monica Maniaci

“While small groups are working on the skiff, other groups are working to understand how boats work, how they float,” said Steve Vande Zande, Creativity and Innovation Program Implementer at Bay View Middle & High School. “They built a penny boat out of wax and paper to understand buoyancy and weight distribution, and they created small scale sailboats to understand how wind power works.”

The students also created model boats that they painted, using color charts to understand principles of design. They’ve done a lot of color theory and design work,” Vande Zande said. “The boat they are creating will have the form and function of a boat but its physical appearance will be one that is artistic, like a floating painting, by the time it’s done.”

This sort of learning is the basis of the educational goals at Bay View Middle & High School. The school adopted the STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) program this past year and the boat building process combines all aspects of learning. “The kids are highly engaged in the boat building process. When you talk about creative problem solving and design thinking, this is really the epitome of where we’re moving in the school. The content becomes very hands on, very collaborative, and the learning becomes very organic in nature,” Vande Zande said.

The students named their skiff Red Cat. It is 12 feet long with a 4½-foot beam and will accommodate three people or a total weight up to 450 pounds. The boat will be on display in the school and in the community, and BVMHS is making plans for its permanent home.

Cargo Bike
Several other 7th and 8th grade students at Bay View Middle & High School are creating a cargo bike for Kompost Kids, a local, volunteer-run, non-profit organization that collects compost. Kompost Kids approached Bay View Middle & High School as a client in need of a cargo bike. The students listened and created inspiration boards. Then they came up with designs for the cargo bike, chose a favorite design, pitched it back to Kompost Kids, and they have been working on it ever since. “It’s a great opportunity to work cooperatively,” Vande Zande said.

The cargo hold, on the front of the bike, is designed to haul eight five-gallon buckets of compost. “They could have put the cargo hold anywhere and they chose to put it on the front, which is great,” Vande Zande said.

BVMHS students took a preexisting bike, cut it apart, and redesigned it as a cargo bike. They built the cargo hold from scratch and did the welding themselves. CREDIT Monica Maniaci

BVMHS students took a preexisting bike, cut it apart, and redesigned it as a cargo bike. They built the cargo hold from scratch and did the welding themselves. CREDIT Monica Maniaci

The bike’s total weight capacity is 320 pounds. “This was a primary consideration in the design. The students calculated the weight capacity during the first week of class. Issues directly related to weight that students addressed include the arrangement of the cargo to allow even spreading of weight, choosing a braking system that can operate reliably under heavy loads, the strength of the building materials, the arrangement and geometry of supporting members, and the ability to steer and handle the bike under heavy load,” said Emmett Gross, an architect and bike builder who is working with the students on the bike project.

They took a preexisting bike, cut it apart, and redesigned it. They added a cargo hold that they built from scratch. The kids did all of the welding. “They absolutely loved it,” Vande Zande said.

About 30 kids are working on the bike project. There is a design team, a gear team, a welding team, and an assembly team. “Right now the design team is creating a canvas cover for the cargo hold so they can stencil the logo directly onto the canvas,” Vande Zande said.

The students have been working on both the boat and the cargo bike since March 3 and will finish both before the end of the school year. These creations are proof of the positive changes that are happening at Bay View Middle & High School; combining academics with team work and personal development for a progressive, forward-thinking education.


Bay View post office building owner cited with host of code violations

June 5, 2014

By Katherine Keller

Bay View post office building cited with host of violations

The flag pole lists to the south and is one of the defects included in the building inspector’s report that includes 21-code violations of the structure and grounds at 1601-1603 S. Oklahoma Ave. CREDIT Katherine Keller

The flag pole lists to the south and is one of the defects included in the building inspector’s report that includes 21-code violations of the structure and grounds at 1601-1603 E. Oklahoma Ave.
CREDIT Katherine Keller

By Katherine Keller

City of Milwaukee building inspector Roger Parazinski cited the owner of the Bay View Post Office with 21 building code violations for defects to the interior and exterior of the building and parking lot in early May.

The property owner is Wisconsin Postal Holdings, LLC, whose office is in Cedarhurst, NY. Listed at the same address is Nationwide Postal Management, whose one-page website bills itself as providing “facilities and construction management for USPS facilities nationwide for over 20 years.”

The violations are wide-ranging and citations include a defective downspout/improper drainage at the north wall of the post office, obstructions that prevent the south loading-dock fire door from closing, defective flagpole-foundation, improperly functioning toilets in the men’s bathroom, defective concrete wall on the building’s southeast corner, water damaged ceiling tiles and plaster caused by the men’s bathroom toilet leak, non-watertight foyer and lobby wall, and holes and ruts in the parking lot.

On rainy days over the past three years postal patrons have had to side-step pooling water and orange traffic cones in the lobby, which floods due to the improperly functioning downspout on the exterior’s north side. The stability of the flagpole was compromised by rainwater that gushes from the downspout’s seams and drenches the soil beneath the pole’s foundation. The flagpole lists at about a 30 degree angle because its foundation has pulled free from the earth at the north side of its base.

The jerry-rigged repair at Bay View Post Office doesn’t prevent the lobby from flooding during heavy rain. The flag pole’s foundation has lifted from the ground beneath it.    CREDIT Katherine Keller

The jerry-rigged repair at Bay View Post Office doesn’t prevent the lobby from flooding during heavy rain. The flag pole’s foundation has lifted from the ground beneath it. CREDIT Katherine Keller

Milwaukee Post Office Acting Customer Relations Coordinator Leon Van Vooren said that post office officials contacted the building owner a number of times in the past two or three years about the problems with Bay View building and parking lot. The repair requests have not been answered, but the owner sent contractors about two or three weeks ago to look at the property.

Van Vooren said that the building inspector informed him of the a rent withholding program authorized through the city’s Department of Neighborhood services that allows a tenant to withhold rent (it is placed in an escrow account), when a landlord fails to address egregious building code violations. He said the repairs are long overdue and hopes that they will be resolved soon.

The 21,740 square foot one-story concrete block building, constructed in 1965, occupies an 81,239 square foot lot. The post office occupies the east side of the two-unit building. The west unit has been unoccupied since longtime tenant Bucky’s Super Video closed in 2010.

According to city property data records, the current owners purchased the building in July 2007. The property is assessed at $1,202,000 million. The 2013 $37,643 property tax bill is paid in full.


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