New home for Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski

March 21, 2017

By Katherine Keller

District 14 Alderman Zielinski and his new wife Annette Zielinski will build a new home at 3105 S. Superior St.

Zielinski has applied for demolition permits to raze the existing 1921 two-story five-bedroom colonial dwelling and a garage.

Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski plans to raze this 1921 home and build a new dwelling on the site, 3105 S. Superior St. —Photo Katherine Keller

Owned by the Mary Pat Connell Trust, the home was originally listed for $365,000 on November 11, 2016. The price was reduced three times before it sold March 1 for $330,000, according to property information on the Coldwell Banker website. Realtor Toni Spott (Keller-Williams) brokered the sale.

City records show the 2016 property taxes were $9,475.62. Ms. Connell and her husband lived in the dwelling for 40 years.

Zielinski said Joel Agacki of Striegel Agacki Studio would design the couple’s new home.

Rendering of the Vue apartment and commercial development under construction at 2202 S. Kinnickinnic on the former Faust Music site.

Agacki is the lead designer of the Vue development, the 69-apartment mixed-use five-story building under construction on the former Faust Music site, 2202 S. Kinnickinnic. The developer is Dermond Property Investments, LLC.

The firm also designed the renovation and addition of the 2718 S. Shore Drive home.

Zielinski and his wife intend to incorporate green elements in their home design including a geothermal heating/cooling system. They’re also considering solar energy.

City records indicate the cost of demolishing the house and garage to be $22,000.

2718 S. Shore Drive —Photo Katherine Keller

Kenosha-based Recyclean was contracted to perform demolition. The firm bills itself as a “deconstruction,” rather than raze/demo contractor, stating on its website that, “We take apart buildings and houses the same way they were originally erected so as to save, re-use and recycle everything except for hazardous materials. This allows for a 95% retention of building materials…”

Deconstruction has begun. Interior doors and the maple flooring have been removed. Additional interior and exterior architectural elements will be salvaged, Zielinski said.

Rycyclean’s services include donating salvaged components.

“I love Bay View and my wife and I chose to build here. I want to live here forever, even after I’m no longer an alderman,” said Zielinski.

He has not decided what he will do with his current home, 2463 S. Superior St., after he moves into the new home, which is scheduled for completion January 2018.

Update/correction: The address of the home renovated and expanded by the design firm Striegel Agacki Studio is 2718 S. Shore Drive, not 2178  S. Shore Drive.

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10 Comments on "New home for Milwaukee Alderman Tony Zielinski"

  1. Ruth Shlimovitz on Tue, 21st Mar 2017 10:40 pm 

    I am always saddened when an owner chooses to demolish a beautiful building like this one that has character and historic value to build something that is new and lesser. Look along the street where that house sits and view the 50’s style duplex on the corner compared to the beautiful old houses that have been restored or maintained with care.

  2. Joe on Wed, 22nd Mar 2017 8:37 am 

    I agree with Ruth. The home doesn’t look that bad inside, and at $330,000 it likely needs some work but isn’t a tear-down.

    If Tony wants to live in a big box he should move to one that already exists instead of taking away part of this neighborhood’s history, however small a part it may be.

  3. Mark Budnik on Wed, 22nd Mar 2017 11:35 am 

    Tear down? Too bad, that’s a nice looking house.
    Tony, what about the “quaint ambience” of Bay View you always talk about? That home is part of it.

  4. Judy Klein on Wed, 22nd Mar 2017 11:45 pm 

    Please don’t destroy the homes that give Bay View it’s character, Tony. I really thought that you had a genuine interest in maintaining that. Find another area of Milwaukee that welcomes and needs this type of renovation.

  5. Carmen on Thu, 23rd Mar 2017 9:00 am 

    It would be interesting to see how much the architect and builders are charging Tony for this project after all his efforts to push the KK monstrosity through despite neighborhood objections. I think it’s pretty clear that “quaint ambience” is at the bottom of his concerns list. He doesn’t actually care about Bay View. Tony cares about Tony. Period. When is this neighborhood going to wake up and oust this narcissistic ass?

  6. carol johnson on Fri, 24th Mar 2017 9:41 am 

    I agree why change a nice lookin home keep it way it was made to look why tear something as nice it may look to completely change the history of the area if was to be torn try to use same material all over again if it was able to be saved why donate it keep it on the house if can restore the items if have to its once looked new look at the homes of frank l wright homes he made a lot of people who bought his homes kept it way it was made to look they r still great as it once was years ago back in vintage years so I agree what other person said about the history of this area

  7. Shawn on Tue, 28th Mar 2017 7:48 am 

    I am not surprised at all by these comments. The drive for others to grouse about personal (and legal) decisions others make is expected by you perpetual complainers. Please remember:

    1. We live in a country with private property and property rights. This is good thing folks.
    2. There are strict zoning laws which will limit what Tony can do. Tony has been a Bay View resident for a long time and am confident the house will fit into the fabric of the neighborhood.

    Oh ya, I would love to come over to any of your houses. I’m sure I could find a few “issues” or personal preferences not “Bay View worthy”.

  8. Joe on Tue, 28th Mar 2017 3:11 pm 

    It’s always strange to see people defend something on the generic basis that it is “legal,” but then criticize people for commenting about it (also legal).

    If you think activity can be justified solely because it is legal, then surely you have no problem with us exercising our legal right to free speech, right Shawn?

    At the end of the day, there are plenty of things that are “legal” but still in poor taste. Yes, taste is subjective, but knocking down a historic home in a neighborhood that thrives because of that history, when you are the alderman of that neighborhood, is about as objectively tasteless as it gets.

  9. Chris on Thu, 6th Apr 2017 5:45 pm 

    this house offers no historic value. it’s pretty ugly in my opinion. I can understand a nice Victorian or something along those line, but there’s no loss in removing this house.

  10. Gayle Lynn on Tue, 2nd May 2017 1:53 pm 

    We are losing our bus stop at 3200 S. Lake Drive…near Tony’s new home location. I’ve tried to get his comment to no avail. It’s obvious he doesn’t care about disabled, low income seniors that must now walk nine blocks to new bus stop at New York and Oklahoma.
    I will lose my job and independence as will others here. The employees at FBI on south Lake Drive also need route 51 to return to turning south from east Oklahoma so we can get to main bus lines of Layton, Oklahoma, and K. K.
    I feel this is ageism, elder abuse and his arrogance due to moving into a rich neighborhood, without care of its historic buildings. Nor it’s senior population. We can’t be expected with our age and various disabilities to walk nine blocks, especially in winter with unshoveled side walks etc.
    It is a liability for Milwaukee County , and we needed Tony to be our activist.
    Transit says low ridership. What could it cost the city extra for these additional blocks?
    I believe he does not want his house on this route. I feel ignored, and the other needy seniors are have few options to get to doctors and various places needed to survive . We are worthy of having dependable and accessible transpiration like all healthy citizens and alderman.
    A man like Tony, that ignores charm of Bay View homes also is not charming nor compassionate regarding his neighbors, whether wealthy or poor.
    This might seem trivial, unless you were in our situation or were wealthy enough to afford those costs of renovation, demolition, and taxes.
    What about the poor in HUD and Wheda housing Tony?
    Now I understand why you ignored all correspondence with those in need.
    Just because you move across the lake doesn’t mean you can get rid of buses in front of your home!!!
    Shame on you.

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