St. Ann Center’s Chili & Jewelry Sale Nov. 18

November 2, 2017

The St. Ann Center’s Chili & Jewelry Sale will be held Saturday, Nov. 18 from 9am to 1pm. Local restaurants will donate their signature chili for the event at the Stein Campus, 2801 E. Morgan Ave.

On offer will be chili ranging from chicken to veggie, extra-spicy to mild, and classic to super creative. There’ll also be a table of offerings by home cooks with favorites made by friends of St. Ann Center.

The event’s centerpiece will be a collection of hundreds of pieces of vintage, retro, and heirloom jewelry, including rings, necklaces, bracelets, brooches, earrings, and watches. Costume jewelry is regularly donated to St. Ann’s by local churches, schools, and individuals.

Jewelry fans will also find one-of-a-kind creations designed and handcrafted by Sister Edna Lonergan, the founder and president of the St. Ann Center. Sr. Edna began designing jewelry years ago as a pastime and a way to supplement funding for the children, elderly, and adults with disabilities served by the nonprofit center. A market featuring 20 vendors will offer local produce, natural soaps and lotions, handcrafted pieces, home décor offerings, and unique gifts.

All proceeds from the jewelry and chili sale support the care of children and adults of all ages and abilities at St. Ann Center. For a full list of the chili that will be offered, donating restaurants, and participating vendors, consult the event listing stanncenter.org or Facebook. Chili and jewelry donations, as well as vendors are still being accepted. More info: 414-977-5009.


Second Annual Christmas on KK Dec. 1

November 2, 2017

“Christmas on KK,” an event that combines merriment, shopping, and charitable giving, will take place Friday, Dec. 1, from 5pm until approximately 10pm. It is being staged by business owners on the north end of Kinnickinnic Avenue between Archer and Smith streets.

All money raised from the sale of raffle tickets sold during the event will be donated to the Bay View Community Center (BVCC). Likewise, the Bloom Center for Art and Integrated Therapies is planning an ornament make-and-take from 5:30 to 7:30pm, where proceeds will be given to community art therapy programs. Two pop-up shops will donate 10 percent of their event sales to other to-be-determined charities.

Bay View Homes will host Letters to Santa from 5:30 to 7:30pm. Participants will make a small donation and write a letter to Santa and receive his reply by mail.

Cherubini and Keri Torgerson of Mac’s Pet Depot organized last year’s Christmas on KK, which Cherubini said raised $600 for BVCC. “Last year we had 13 businesses participate, and many of them said they were busier than they were on Small Business Saturday,” she said.

More info, schedule, and updates: Facebook, Instagram, and ChristmasOnKK.com

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Tree Lighting with Mr. and Mrs. Claus Dec. 4

November 2, 2017

The 2017 Inter-Organization Council of Bay View tree lighting and visit with Santa Claus will be held Monday, Dec. 4, from 6 to 8pm, in the west parking lot of the Church of the Immaculate Conception at the intersection of S. Kinnickinnic Avenue and East Herman Street, kitty-corner from the former Bella’s restaurant.

The event will feature the St. Thomas More High School Choir (6:30pm), a Sing-a-long (6:50pm) and the arrival of Santa Claus and his wife, Mrs. Santa Claus. They will light the tree at 7pm.

Everyone is welcome to gather in Ryan Hall inside the church building to meet Mr. and Mrs. Claus, who will distribute treats to the children. Hot chocolate and food will be served to all. The event is free and open to all.

It is sponsored by Rev. Philip Schumacher of Immaculate Conception, St. Thomas More High School Choir, Bay View Lions Club, Humboldt Park 4th of July Association, Bay View Pick ’n Save, ICBV members, and volunteer.

More info: Dick Kling, event chair, 414-481-2842.


IN BALANCE — Essential Oils for Common Cold Symptoms

November 1, 2017

By Aleisha Anderson

The cold and flu season arrives with the changing leaves and shorter days. Headaches, sinus pressure, body aches, and sore throat cause suffering that leaves us desperate for reprieve.

Fortunately, we can use holistic pain strategies that can quickly provide relief and that will actually aid the body in fighting infection.

Aromatherapy — the use of essential oils — can relieve pain and reduce the length of illness. Essential oils can be used topically or inhaled by using a diffuser, cotton ball, or steamer. Oral ingestion of essential oils is not recommended unless directed by a certified practitioner because a great deal of knowledge and expertise about essential oils is required for safe use. Some essential oils are toxic if ingested or may react with medications.

While there are dozens of options, the following are common essential oils that are affordable, versatile, and effective for cold and flu relief.

Melaleuca, more commonly known as tea tree oil, is an antibacterial and antiviral. It provides relief from sinus infection, cough, congestion, bronchitis, and any other infection of the nasal or upper respiratory system. Topically, it can be rubbed onto the chest and throat using five to 10 drops of tea tree oil that is added to one ounce of a carrier oil. Inhale it while asleep by adding a few drops to a cotton ball or pillowcase.

Carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils prior to topical application. Undiluted essential oils applied directly to the skin can cause minor to severe skin irritation in some individuals. Virgin coconut oil, olive oil, and unscented lotions are simple carrier oils for topical use of essential oils.

Lavender oil is the queen of essential oils. Widely known for its relaxing properties, it is also credited with antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. With a carrier oil, apply lavender topically to the throat for sore throat. A few drops on a pillowcase will provide relaxing aromatherapy to help you get some sleep.

Peppermint oil contains compounds that relax the airways and open congested sinuses and nasal passages. It has strong anti-inflammatory effects and must always be used with carrier oil. Beware that peppermint oil is too strong to use on children unless heavily diluted. Use a cotton ball for direct inhalation or put a couple drops in a warm bath or on a washcloth in a steaming shower.

Rosemary oil is gentle as a topical application with antimicrobial and pain relieving properties. It provides relief from congestion and its antiseptic action makes it useful for respiratory infections. It can be added to carrier oil and massaged on sinuses, forehead, neck, and shoulders to reduce pain. If applying to an adult, rub it over the sinuses. Make a bath to relieve sinus congestion by adding five drops of peppermint oil, 10 drops of rosemary oil, a half-cup of baking soda, and one cup of Epsom salts.

Antiseptic steam can be inhaled deep into the chest and nasal passages to loosen heavy congestion. Simply heat water to the boiling point, remove from heat, and pour into a large ceramic or glass bowl. Add three to four drops of rosemary or tea tree oil, place your head above the steaming bowl, and cover your head and the bowl with a large bath towel. The steam will be hot so be very careful not to put your head too close to the bowl. Inhale slowly to disinfect and relieve inflammation in your sinuses, throat, and chest.

Combine these essential oils to augment their healing properties. For sinus and chest congestion, steamers and baths are really effective. Headaches, sinus pressure, and sore throat gain quick relief with a topical application. Antiseptic properties may be enhanced when inhaled while asleep, so use a diffuser or put a cotton ball with oils in your pillowcase for overnight healing.

Bay View resident Aleisha Anderson, L.Ac., is the clinic director and acupuncturist at Mke MindBody Wellness, an integrative wellness center with holistic therapies focused on mental health.  More information:mkewellness.com

Disclaimer: The information provided in this column is designed for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or care.


PAREN(T)HESIS — Raising Responsibility

November 1, 2017

Before we know it, snow shoveling season will hit Bay View.

Shoveling is a seasonal chore that kids can help with early in life, starting in small way that suits their ability and with adult supervision, and as they grow and mature, working up to taking on the whole task. This particular chore helps the household but also improves the neighborhood because passersby get to walk on a clear sidewalk, minimizing the risk of injury or wet feet. Spreading the love even further, some children help an elderly neighbor by shoveling their sidewalk.

When most of the homes in Bay View were built, kids shoveling would have been very commonplace. But across the nation, children’s chores have trended downward and have reached near zero in some families, where children do not put away books and toys or walk the dog or even hang up their own coats. The situation can reach a boiling point when parents “go on strike” and refuse to do any housework.

The parent-child struggle over chores must be a perpetual frustration because I remember the mom Marmee doing something similar to a strike in the novel Little Women, which is set during the Civil War.

Achieving a family life where chores are part of the routine, not something to be objected to or fought over, does carry a short-term cost to harmony. Children will try to subvert the parents’ attempts. Our daughter has come up with some pretty creative objections to putting away silverware and other chores. (She has also complained that the weekend should be renamed the “workend” because we have the heaviest cleaning and chore burden on Saturday and Sunday.) When instituting a new expectation that children will help, parents will lose some time enforcing chores or punishments. After a few weeks or months, they will gain back time when children consistently help run the household. Over the years, they will be rewarded with children who are more self-sufficient. Some parents even look forward to their children having more harmonious marriages because their own childhood chores led them to share and balance housework with a future spouse.

In the book Parenting Without Borders, Christine Gross-Loh reports that the way we ask our children to do something matters. Ideally, the parent and child are engaged in something together (like sitting near one another to read a book) and then the parent gives a brief, clear direction for a chore and works with the child to get it started. The intentional approach makes sense and is backed up by research.

Two thorny issues about chores are whether to pay an allowance for them and gender equality, balancing the amount and type of chores between boys and girls. In the end, getting some help is most important.

The author is a freelance writer and mother of one. Reach her with comments or suggestions at jill@bayviewcompass.com.


HALL MONITOR — What Has Changed?

November 1, 2017

By Jay Bullock

I was filling out a survey the other day and realized I’d moved to a new demographic box. This is my twenty-first year of teaching.

I shook off the creeping sense of mortality and sat down to write my column this month, and then I realized that I’m in a new box here, too. This is my eleventh year writing for the Compass.

So I am pausing to reflect on the last 20 years in the Milwaukee Public Schools and the last 10 as an in-print school district “hall monitor.”

In an organization the size of MPS, you’d expect a lot of systemic inertia. In the past two months, I’ve written about some of the things that haven’t changed — unrealistic expectations placed on teachers, ever-increasing standards for students without needed supports, silly euphemisms used for “failing.”

But overall, in the last 10 or 20 years, what has changed? Almost everything.

Also, basically nothing. Let me explain.

Infrastructure

Over my tenure at the Compass, much of my writing has been about school closings, or threatened closings. However, with one exception, every single Bay View-area MPS school building is still open and full of students.

The exception is Dover Street School, which is being renovated to hold Howard Avenue Montessori students beginning in the 2018-2019 school year.

But that’s not the only change. Fritsche Middle School is no more; in 2010, the students and staff were moved to the Bay View High School building. But now the high school is back to holding only grades 9-12.

The old Fritsche building is now Milwaukee Parkside School for the Arts, a merger of Tippecanoe and Dover. Howard Avenue Montessori occupies the Tippecanoe building. Riley is now a bilingual Montessori school. Fernwood Montessori is bigger than it used to be, with more building and more students.

Students

Kids are still kids, I always say when people ask me how teaching is going now compared to way back when. It’s true, but also too facile an answer.

When I started teaching, students generally didn’t like reading — wouldn’t read the books for homework, wouldn’t volunteer to read aloud in class. They didn’t like writing, either. “A whole page? That’s terrible!” they said then.

Now the only thing different is the language of complaint: “A whole page? You’re forcing it!” they say.

Yet every single student I teach today is reading and writing significantly more than 10 years ago, and far more than 20 years ago.

Credit the iPhone! The ubiquity of smart phones has made text-based interaction so much more common. Students text, snap, and inbox each other hundreds or thousands of words a day.

That translates to students submitting assignments in so many more ways than just paper and pen, including “typing” papers with their thumbs. I have a set of Chromebooks for my class, use Google Classroom daily, and receive memes that are tweeted at me. Each of my curriculum units is peppered with video, and I have a YouTube channel dedicated to writing instruction.

I still grade work (another way I used to be deemed “terrible” but now am informed I am forcing it), but it’s no longer about points. It’s about evidence of proficiency, with a scoring system based on the Common Core State Standards, adopted pretty much nationwide.

Funding

When I started teaching in MPS, school communities fought the central office over funding. When I started writing here, school communities were fighting the central office over funding. Today, school communities are fighting the central office over funding.

One or two decades ago, there was a belief among the school communities that MPS had the funding to adequately pay for all we demanded, if the district would just prioritize differently.

Now, however, it’s clear MPS is being massively shortchanged by the state. Because Wisconsin lawmakers have kept funding increases below the rate of inflation for years and promoted policies that have whittled district enrollment to record lows, the budget seems to be all scraps and no meat at all.

Because the pickings are even leaner, the ever-present sense of mistrust between labor and management persists. It’s both better and worse than before.

I have said often, lately, that the superintendent and the union are working closely and cooperatively on many big-picture projects to improve student achievement. But the passage of Act 10, the 2011 law stripping almost all collective bargaining power from teachers unions, means teachers have to struggle, scrape, and claw for any win, like a sliver more prep time or pay that honors our loyalty.

Still Worth It

In the end, I guess I can say this: What frustrates me now, fueled my righteous indignation back the. What made the fight worth it then, still sustains me now.

Some say history is not a line but a spiral, the same things keep coming back around. It’s true! If I’m still here doing this in another 10 years, you for sure will hear about it.

Jay Bullock teaches English at Bay View High School and on YouTube at bit.ly/bullocksrules.


SPOTTLIGHT — A Tiny Home, Is It For You?

November 1, 2017

By Toni Spott

It seems that everyone has a home they dream about. It used to be that you would save and save and save for the big McMansion of your dreams.

These days the dream seems to be a whole lot smaller. The tiny home craze is a hot topic.

The average tiny house is 400-500 square feet and the average cost is roughly $20,000 to $25,000.

As a society, we are becoming much more sustainable and that excludes McMansions. And who wants to clean all those rooms!

The tiny-home buyer is not your average buyer, clearly! They are empty nesters preparing for retirement, or they are millennials, who want to be free and live wherever they like at any given moment, with little or no debt, less responsibility, and less stuff.

One key attribute of a tiny home is there is no space for a lot of stuff. One big reason people want to downsize is that ours is a disposable society. We buy what ever we want, whenever we can. Needless to say, that has caused us to have a whole bunch of junk in our homes that we really don’t care about. Everything is so easy to buy because it’s so “inexpensive.” In the long run that inexpensive stuff usually ends up costing you more. Think Ikea! Oh, my goodness, when you go there, everything is soooooo cheap! You just can’t help yourself picking up this and that because you might need it someday. So it all ends up at home usually tossed aside after the first use. Hello basement!! Don’t even get me started about basements…they are the storehouse of clutter. Which brings me back to tiny homes. Basically, there is no room for any of this kind of stuff. To some this might be a real plus and to others it’s a total deal breaker.

Here are some tiny house pros and cons:

Pro

• Affordability. Pay cash and you are done! No mortgage.

• Energy efficient. Small utility bills and taxes.

• Clutter free. You produce less waste.

• It’s easy to move your home around if it’s on wheels.

• You can design your own house.

• Lowers your carbon footprint.

Con

• Not much storage space.

• No personal space. Lack of privacy and that can be tough on relationships.

• Not good for pets.

• It’s difficult to find a place to site/park it.

• Difficult for a family.

• Zoning regulations may require a minimum-size dwelling that is larger than that of a tiny home.

HGTV has made the tiny house craze just that, a craze. It’s forcing municipalities to embrace these homes as legal residences and to rethink their zoning laws. As the movement grows so do the neighborhoods for these homes. It’s a slow process but it is ongoing which is a positive.

You can find lots of blogs online about homeowners who have latched onto the craze and built their dream tiny home. There are also the blogs of homeowners who have done just that only to abandon that style of living to go back to more square footage. I have found that people usually give it a year, at least, to see if they can adapt to the smaller living place. Could you?

More info:
Tiny House builders
craft&sprout.com
tumbleweedhouses.com
utopian-villas.com

Tiny House Blogs
gotinyorgohome.com
clark.com
greenlivingideas.com

Toni Spott Sustainable Agent, Keller Williams Realty;
414-788-4255;tspott@kw.com
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@ToniSpott


South Shore Park Boasts New Connection Path

November 1, 2017

By Sheila Julson

The new path that leads to the waterfront in South Shore Park was designed “switchback-style” to create a gentler slope. Photo Katherine Keller

The final phase of the reconstruction of the South Shore Park parking lot wraps up with the installation of a new path connecting the top of the hill to the parking lot below.

County officials refer to the path as the “universal access connection.” The switchback-style path will provide Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant access between the base of the hill and its crest at Shore Drive and Nock Street. The Oak Leaf Trail, waterfront, public piers, and other amenities are located at the base.

Prior to the new path, there was no dedicated walkway along Nock Street in the park itself. Although there is a sidewalk on the north side of Nock, it is intersected by driveways to homes on that side of the street.

Access in the park was restricted to the street or grassy hill, making it difficult for those with mobility challenges, such as the elderly or those using wheelchairs or walkers. Additionally, park officials wanted to install a trail or a walkway to separate pedestrian traffic from vehicle traffic heading to the boat launch or parking lot.

Installation of the universal access connection began Oct. 9, said Jill Organ, the Milwaukee County Parks chief of planning and development.

The connection is 10 feet wide, which Organ said is standard for new park paths. It is 265 feet long, with a slope ranging from a five percent pitch (a 1:20 grade) at the top of the hill, to an 8.33 percent pitch (1:12 grade), near the bottom.

The switchback-style path will provide Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant access between the base of the hill and its crest at Shore Drive and Nock Street. Photo Katherine Keller

The new connection is paved with asphalt and includes three rest stops. Milwaukee County Parks Department awarded the project to the lowest bidder, whose bid was lower than what they’d budgeted. “Because of that, the project had funding available in it to the do the longer switchback path and make it fully accessible. We didn’t have to scramble to find additional funding,” Organ said. The final tab was $66,000.

When planning began, it was discovered that the hill’s natural topography slightly exceeded ADA guidelines for allowable slope pertaining to outdoor recreation access routes. To be in compliance, the plan was redrafted, creating the switchback-style route with a gentler slope.

The term ‘universal access connection’ is part of disability rights activists’ ongoing efforts to make positive linguistic changes, such as using “accessibility” rather than “disability” when referring to products, services, and environments for people with disability. “We kept hearing people saying ‘universal accessibility,’ which is access for everyone, everywhere — older people and people with or without disabilities,” Organ said.

In 2006, the National Youth Leadership Network, advised, “When talking about places with accommodations for people with disabilities, use the term ‘accessible’ rather than ‘disabled’ or ‘handicapped.’ For example, refer to an ‘accessible’ parking space rather than a ‘disabled’ or ‘handicapped’ parking space or ‘an accessible bathroom stall’ rather than ‘a handicapped bathroom stall.’”

Contractor Terra Engineering & Construction constructed the new path. Earlier this year it also constructed the boat launch and lakefront promenade and reconstructed the parking lot.

Weather permitting, completion was slated for Oct. 27. At press time, the path was still incomplete, likely due to significant rain in the prior two weeks that soaked the exposed soil and surrounding turf.


St. Francis Custom Motorcycle Builder Wins National Competition

November 1, 2017

A welding class at St. Francis High School was the initial impetus that propelled Steve Dietzman on the path to becoming a highly accomplished custom-motorcycle builder. PHOTO Jennifer Kresse

A man went looking for America and couldn’t find it anywhere.”

That was the tagline that advertised Easy Rider, the 1969 cult classic biker movie.

Since then, thousands have surrendered to their wanderlust to ride the nation’s ribbons of highways on two wheels, in search of their own America.

Champion custom-motorcycle builder Steve Dietzman of Studio Cycles stands ready to outfit them with his rad rides.

Steve Dietzman, a modest 25-year-old, rose to national prominence this year with his custom-built 1968 Triumph Bonneville Chopper. He won the Retro Modified Class category of 2017 International Motor Show (IMS). Dietzman believes his attention to detail and his passion to go above and beyond helped him win the competition.

“I went to [the IMS] for about three years as a spectator, so that motivated me to finish up my bike and enter it in the show,” he said.

Dietzman’s custom-built 1968 Triumph Bonneville Chopper was the winner in the 2017 International Motor Show’s Retro Modified Class. PHOTO Jennifer Kresse

Milwaukee’s Royal Enfield (retail store of British motorcycle manufacturer) sponsored the retro Modified Class category. Dietzman won a trophy, a Royal Enfield motorcycle, and a cash prize.

The Compass caught up with Dietzman on a sunny September afternoon as he worked in a workshop near in the Tippecanoe neighborhood. Motorcycles in various stages of completion were staged throughout the shop.

Most of Dietzman’s motorcycles are projects for his friends. He pointed to a Harley-Davidson Panhead, stripped down to the frame, wheels, and fuel tank. “This is my buddy’s Panhead. He got married and started a family at 23, so that’s what happens,” Dietzman said, pointing to the bike’s shell, indicating his friend’s progress on the rebuild has been slowed.

Another friend dropped off a Honda for a full custom build.

On display was one of Dietzman’s most recent accomplishments, a sleek blue and chrome 1979 Harley-Davidson Shovelhead Chopper. The bike was featured in a motorcycles-as-art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter at the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. The iconic rally began in 1938 and is held annually in the first week of August in Sturgis, S.D.

Dietzman performed the fine-tuning, welding, and mechanical aspects of the build. The paintwork is outsourced to his buddy, artist Rome Urbaniak. “Some people think it’s my best work yet,” he said, referring to the Shovelhead, “but I don’t think so. I always strive to go above and beyond, always pushing, pushing one step further. I hope my best work is yet to come!” he said.

Dietzman owns five motorcycles, three in driving form. His Triumph Bonneville is his favorite.

Teen Passion

Dietzman started riding motorcycles when he was 16. His first bike was a 1969 Honda 350. “My friend and me used to rent a single-stall garage not far from here during high school and we hid our motorcycles from our parents,” he said. “We called it ‘the studio’ because it was tiny. The name carried over to Studio Cycles.”

Dietzman’s parents found out about his motorcycle after one of their friends saw him cruising around Bay View. “After I caught wind of this, I decided to drive my bike home one day. Their response to me having a motorcycle was well received! I believe they knew (about my bike) longer than I thought they did,” he said.

Dietzman is a 2011 graduate of St. Francis High School. The school has a woodshop, but hasn’t had an auto or metal shop for some time, Dietzman said. So during his junior year, he participated in a school-to-work program and studied welding at Milwaukee Area Technical College’s downtown campus.

“I realized I didn’t want to do welding as a career,” he said. However, he immediately connected with the fabrication aspect of welding that he could use it for work on motorcycle frames and parts.

When he sought a deeper understanding of engine mechanics, he took a small engines class at MATC, along with auto tech training.

He built his first motorcycle when he was 18, a 1977 Harley-Davidson Ironhead Sportster. “It was totally stock and (I) made it into a bobber. I changed the frame and everything on it,” he said.

The bike was featured in a motorcycles-as-art exhibit curated by Michael Lichter at the 2017 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. PHOTO Jennifer Kresse

Bobbing a bike involves stripping extraneous bodywork from a motorcycle, including removing the front fender and shortening the rear fender.

Dietzman finds motorcycles primarily via Craigslist.

For his commission projects, clients usually have a general idea of what they want and Dietzman fine-tunes it for them. He gets ideas from social media. He studies photos and considers how to make good ideas even better.

Despite holding a full-time sales position at Fastenal, an industrial supplier, along with his own business, Dietzman still finds time to mentor bike builders of the future through BUILD, a nonprofit educational organization that pairs teams of high school students with bike-builder mentors. The St. Francis High School program started in 2011, during Dietzman’s senior year. He and four other students participated in the program’s inaugural year.

“School was a little boring for me, but to go work on those motorcycles after school was awesome,” he said. “I remember skipping work to go work on motorcycles. That gave me the kick start to want to work on bikes.”

Dietzman serves as a mentor in the St. Francis High School program.

He helps students gain valuable life and interpersonal skills while restoring vintage motorcycles. They start out with a motorcycle chassis that is in rundown condition and turn it into a full race bike. They learn a wide range of skills, including motorcycle design, welding, fabricating, painting, and even fundraising. At the end of the build, the bikes are raced at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Other high schools that offer BUILD include Bradley Tech, Pulaski, New Berlin, South Milwaukee, Shorewood, and Muskego.

Still in his 20s, the sky, or the open highway, is the limit for Dietzman. While he loves making custom bikes and might expand into a larger workspace with a storefront, he’s keeping his full-time job and will see where the road takes him.

Sheila Julson is a freelance writer and regular contributor to the Bay View Compass. 


Who Owns What On Kinnickinnic?, Part Two

November 1, 2017

By Katherine Keller

Looking south, the intersection of South Kinnickinnic Avenue and East Potter Street. PHOTO Katherine Keller

Last month Part One of this series looked at property ownership on Bay View’s main commercial district focusing on the stretch of South Kinnickinnic Avenue between East Bay and East Conway streets. Analyzing the construction dates, it is apparent that development moved from north to south on the street that has long-served as Bay View’s most prominent commercial strip and a main thoroughfare.

This month we look at the section of Kinnickinnic between Homer and California streets. Private homes are scattered between the commercial buildings along the entire swath of Kinnickinnic from East Bay Street to East St. Francis and many of those commercial buildings include dwelling units. The mercantile buildings, for the most part, are two-storied with storefronts at street level and apartments above, although in some instances, there are also apartments behind the storefronts. Examples of those are the Alchemist Theatre building, 2569 S. Kinnickinnic and the South Shore Gallery & Framing building, 2627 S. Kinnickinnic.

The earliest existing example of a mid-century modern apartment building is the “two-story ranch-style” that now houses the Tessmer law practice, 2616 S. Kinnickinnic, that was built in 1958. PHOTO Katherine Keller

Constructed in 1968, this was the only solely-apartments-building in the Bay/Becher to Homer stretch of KK, the section featured in Part One of this series, until Dwell was built in 2012. PHOTO Katherine Keller

Another trend that becomes apparent, as one travels south on KK is the introduction multi-unit apartment buildings. The first example, though not first-built, is two-story Lannon Stone, 2390 S. Kinnickinnic, on the north side of Café Corazon. The stark contrast of its mid-century modern architectural style to that of the existing buildings most likely raised a few eyebrows when it made its debut in 1968.

The earliest existing example of the mid-century modern apartment building is the two-story “ranch-style” that now houses the Tessmer law practice, built in 1958, 2616 S. Kinnickinnic. Two more examples are found at 2501 S. Kinnickinnic, built in 1961, and 2549 S. Kinnickinnic, in 1967. The 2501 building was used as a location site in the 2011 Bridesmaids movie.

The multi-use Dwell development was constructed in 2012. It features retail units at street level and apartments above. PHOTO Katherine Keller

Now, half a century later, there is another apartment-development boom on Kinnickinnic. The new buildings are characterized by three- or more stories with retail at street level. Century-old architecture of a bygone Bay View is being razed for the new construction.Since we published Part One, the Compass learned that the Bay View Bowl property is listed for sale.

The .29-acre parcel on the northeast corner of Kinnickinnic Avenue and East Conway Street includes the two-story bowling alley/apartment building and 17 parking spaces. To the south, the parking lot faces Dwell, the apartment and retail development constructed in 2012.

The two vacant lots above, 2557-2557 and 2563-2565 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue, were purchased by Scott Genke in 2016 for $250,000 each. The 2016 assessment was $16,900 for each parce

This Who Owns What on KK Property List includes the ownership and assessed value of the properties located on the 2000 to 2400 blocks of South Kinnickinnic Avenue and a small section of South Howell Avenue. Addresses, built-dates, ownership, and assessment values were found in the City of Milwaukee Assessor’s records. Read Part 1 of this report.

A likely development site is the northwest and southwest corners of South Kinnickinnic Avenue and South Herman Street, where 10 parcels are owned by entities associated with Milwaukee developer Tim Olson.

The most obvious potential development site in this strip is the northwest and southwest corners of South Kinnickinnic Avenue and South Herman Street, where 10 parcels are owned by entities associated with Milwaukee developer Tim Olson. The parcels include the former Bella’s Fat Cat restaurant, a large empty lot, and eight homes. 

These homes on the west side of South Herman Street between Kinnickinnic and Montana Street are three of the eight homes in the parcel featured in the satellite photo below. PHOTO Katherine Keller

Developer Scott Genke added apartments to the roof of the King Building, 2534 S.Kinnickinnic Ave. The building originally served as the King Chevrolet dealership when it was built in 1928. PHOTO Katherine Keller