Developer Mandel says buildings have to come down if plan is to succeed, but citizens say that goes unacceptably counter to city's longstanding promise to preserve them.
Sometimes things don't go exactly as planned – and sometimes that's a good thing. An open discussion Wednesday night of the future of the historic Eschweiler buildings, convened by the County Grounds Coalition, was intended in concept to be a source of creative and productive ideas for preserving the structures. It turned into a vigorous policy debate, something its chief organizer afterward acknowledged was probably more valuable at this, "the eleventh hour." She, Barb Agnew, founder of the Friends of the Monarch Trail and a Wauwatosa businesswoman, moderated the meeting and asked at the beginning, and more than once during, and again at the end, that the discussion focus as much as possible on positive, proactive proposals for preserving…
City will ponder a permanent name for road after "Technology Parkway," UWM's working title, did not go over particularly well.
- Jim Price
Sunday, February 12, 2012
When the UWM Real Estate Foundation brought its plans to the city last week for the first two elements of its Innovation Park project, both came with proposed names. The first building, a two-story, 25,000-square-foot structure, is intended to be an "accelerator" laboratory where academic and industry researchers will collaborate toward rapid development of new technologies. Officially, it would be the Institute for Industrial Innovation, but the foundation and its design consultants are calling it simply the "Innovation Accelerator." I have no problem with either name, and I haven't heard anyone else squawk, either. However... UWM's foundation also proposed a name for the road that will serve the accelerator and all future developments. …