Tuesday, May 7, 2013
The hotel would be built on 3.5-acre lot in the research campus.
The UWM Real Estate Foundation Inc. is proposing a 128-room hotel at the Innovation Campus for the ABB development in Wauwatosa, reported Milwaukee Business Journal. The extended stay hotel would be built on a 3.5-acre lot in the area of the campus reserved for a technology business park. Details about the project have not been submitted to the county yet. Development on Innovation Campus under way after the Wauwatosa City Council approved a number of actions and conditions for the new ABB building, an international power and automation technology company, under which the city agreed to provide $2.1 million in tax-financed assistance.
Thursday, May 2, 2013
District 8 meeting will be at Currie Park Clubhouse instead of Madison Elementary School.
The location for the fifth in a series of Wauwatosa District Town Hall meetings has been changed because of a conflict with school plans. The District 8 meeting, scheduled for Wednesday night, has been moved to the Currie Park Clubhouse at 3535 N. Mayfair Rd., not at Madison Elementary School as originally planned. Mayor Kathy Ehley and 8th District Alds. Jason Wilke and Craig Wilson will be present to describe city initiatives in some key areas affecting both the city as a whole and each district individually. City administrative staff have been on hand for the first to help explain some issues and answer questions. Among the chief topics on the agenda for all districts are the 2013 property revaluation, sewer reconstruction and economic …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Shoppers won't know they're not in brand new stores, developer says as reconstruction commences on retail center built on the shell of vacated warehouses to house Nordstrom Rack and other retailers.
A new and long-awaited chapter in the story of the Burleigh Triangle opened last week with the official groundbreaking leading to its new life as The Mayfair Collection. While the work is only beginning, the course is set for an opening of the upscale retail center in the summer of 2014, said Tim Blum, executive vice president of HSA Commercial, developer of the project. The first, $47 million phase of a redevelopment of about 70 vacated acres at Burleigh Street and U.S. Hwy 45, will create 270,000 square feet of retail space. Already on board and "in store" for shoppers are Nordstrom Rack, Dick's Sporting Goods and ULTA, a cosmetics outlet. Blum said HSA has several more tenants lined up but not quite ready for prime time. "Within the …
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Forest Exploration school's backers need to raise $2 million in donations and show that about $6 million more has or will come through other sources, within about two years. The Eschweiler Buildings' future rests on that success.
There was a statement made Tuesday night at a hearing on the Eschweiler Buildings considered so apt, three more people repeated it verbatim before the evening was out. "This is an elegant solution to a vexing problem." The originator was Phil Aiello, project leader for the Mandel Group, which wants to develop an apartment complex around the historic Eschweiler Campus. He was concluding a presentation to the Historic Preservation Commission that offered an intriguing compromise: Mandel's project would go forward in tandem with a plan to create a charter school housed in the four historic buildings – provided the school's backers could raise the money to establish its initial phase within about 20 months to two years. The Forest Exploration …
Thursday, March 28, 2013
Mayor, aldermen will present and respond to topics of interest or concern to the city as a whole as well as to districts specifically. And there will be bakery.
An ongoing series of Wauwatosa Aldermanic District Town Hall meetings continues April 10 with District 6 and runs through May, with all the gatherings now scheduled. Mayor Kathy Ehley and the two Common Council representatives from each district will be present to describe city initiatives in some key areas affecting both the city as a whole and each district individually. City administrative staff have been on hand for the first two meetings, in districts 2 and 5, to help explain some issues and answer questions. Among the chief topics on the agenda for all districts are the 2013 property revaluation, sewer reconstruction and economic development throughout Wauwatosa. Residents are welcomed and encouraged to bring up issues of their own …
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Sessions in aldermanic districts 5, 6 and 3, in that order, are scheduled beginning next week, on topics including property revaluations, sewer rate changes and economic development projects.
The Mayor and aldermen of Wauwatosa will continue to host a series of District Town Hall Meetings. These are informal public meetings to bring together citizens and officials to talk about what’s happening in the city in 2013, such as: property revaluations, sewer rate changes and economic development projects. Also, topics relevant to each district will be discussed, such as the Meinecke Sewer Construction Project in District 6. A District Town Hall Meeting will be held in each of the eight aldermanic districts through June. Here are the details for the meetings scheduled in March and April: District 5, March 20, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Roosevelt Elementary School, 2535 N. 73rd St., with Alds. Bobby Pantuso and Joel Tilleson attending. …
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
ABB building approved for site on County Grounds, with $2.1 million in tax-financed support for parking structure in exchange for 10-year, no-complaints lease.
The Wauwatosa Common Council approved four separate actions Tuesday night to get development on Innovation Campus under way, and released the conditions under which the city agrees to provide $2.1 million in tax-financed assistance. The UWM Real Estate Foundation and developer Zilber Ltd. asked for and received three specific requests on behalf of the first proposed private tenant, ABB Group, a Swiss power systems corporation. First up and passed unanimously and without comment was a land division, essentially a permission to redraw the plat map certifying that the Real Estate Foundation could divide its property and put two acres up for sale to ABB. Next came an amendment to the Building Planned Development adopted in 2010 to allow that …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
With city's final approval, measure that could swell Innovation Campus' TIF District 6 from $10 million to $30 million or more goes to other taxing bodies for consideration.
After a relatively short debate, the Common Council on Tuesday night approved an amendment that allows for much greater spending through the taxing district created a little over two years ago to support UWM's Innovation Campus. The 14-1 vote paves the way for the city to offer the incentive of using tax-incremental financing dollars to assist developers with building parking structures or surface lots for project plan sites. This was the city's final vote, but the measure still has to pass muster with the Joint Review Board, which is composed of the several other taxing entities supported by the Tosa property tax: schools, the county, MATC and MMSD. The amendment includes projections that show that Wauwatosa's TIF District No. 6 could …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Business association and Church Street householders tell city development panel they want a successful mixed-use project but – in the case of the neighbors – not at any price, and not in conflict with city's own master plan.
Calling it a classic "missing teeth" project opportunity, the Village Business Improvement District board has weighed in in favor of a development proposal currently on the table for the iconic Wauwatosa neighborhood. A city lot left vacant and in the city's hands after the new Fire Station No. 1 replaced its aged predecessor should be redeveloped along with a key privately owned neighboring parcel on the corner of Harmonee and Underwood avenues, the BID said in a letter to city officials. That letter, along with testimony from neighbors, was presented Thursday to the Community Development Authority, which took no action to approve or deny any proposals. The Village BID did not go so far as to take a position on the height of the proposed …
Sunday, February 10, 2013
New businesses and changing businesses are on the agenda, and plans push forward for UWM's Innovation Campus.
Change being the only constant, Wauwatosa will this week consider alterations of operators, of occupancy, of hours, building sites and of public investment in a variety of business developments. The Plan Commission, meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, will hear requests to open a Qdoba restaurant in the Village, for extended hours at the Rosebud Cinema, a turnover of Hawks Nursery operations to Stein Gardens & Gifts, and an amendment of a tax-incremental finance plan to allow investment of TIF funds for private parking stalls on UWM's Innovation Campus. Qdoba wants to open in the retail and office center at 1417 Wauwatosa Ave. anchored by Starbuck's at one end and by Baskin-Robbins and Breadsmith at the other. Qdoba is asking for a conditional use …