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Old Posted Jan 15, 2004, 7:07 AM
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Old Posted Jan 15, 2004, 7:12 AM
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Hey when are they going to start tearing down the Marquette Interchange, and is there any site or renderings regarding what type of interchange will take its place?
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Preliminary work on the Marquette Interchange reconstruction is scheduled to start in April. This involves rebuilding streets, bridges, and freeway approaches, but not the Interchange itself (that isn't scheduled to begin until mid-2005). The whole thing is expected to be complete in late-2008.

WisDOT has a website devoted to the project with all the details: WisDOT Marquette Interchange Project

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Rendering of future interchange:
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All in all, great news! I wonder with the economy picking up, will the downtown boom intensify? We shall see...
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The building boom indeed continues, including smaller-scale projects located in neighborhoods that aren't Downtown...

Momentum from all the new construction and conversions in the Third Ward continues to cross the river into Walker's Point. Endeavour Group plans to demolish portions of an old foundry complex for a three-story building with street-level retail and apartments above. Another building will be salvaged, and converted into street-level retail (a restaurant) with offices above. Construction is anticipated to begin this summer.

A block away, another developer plans to convert another building into a cafe/restaurant on the street level with offices above.

Read the Journal Sentinel article for more info: Two projects planned in Walker's Point - Former Kramer buildings sold to developers who plan housing, offices, retail space


Reinvestment continues for a couple north side neighborhoods, as well.

Martin Luther King Economic Development Corp. will soon break ground on a three-story building with street-level commercial space and 18 apartments above. The project, called King Drive Commons, is located on N. MLK Drive and W. Hadley Street.

Over in Metcalfe Park, the North Avenue Community Development Corp. will also construct a three-story building with street-level retail and 22 apartments above. The project, called Columbia Square, will be built on a vacant lot at N. 33rd Street and W. North Avenue.

Read the Journal Sentinel article for more info: Two projects set for central city - Complexes to be built in spring will include apartments, retail space
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the article says that the demolishing of the two buildings are on the 100 block of S. Ferry St. Where is S. Ferry St. in the walkers point area??
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Any idea what will happen to that huge "furniture outlet" building that is right at the Plankington Ave. exist off I-794?? It's probably the largest unsightly building in the city--and boy is it UNSIGHTLY. It looks literally like it caught fire, all the contents burned, and they decided to just leave the building there. It is an EYESORE and gives a terrible impression of Milwaukee to say the least.
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the article says that the demolishing of the two buildings are on the 100 block of S. Ferry St. Where is S. Ferry St. in the walkers point area??
Ferry Street is a rather obscure, block-long street (it's almost more like an alley), between Seeboth and Pittsburgh Avenue--just south of the Water Street Bridge (it's right where the new Waterfront Condominiums just went up, along the river).

Long long ago, before the first bridge crossing was ever built, travelers from the south had to cross the river with a ferry right near that location--hence the name of the street.


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Any idea what will happen to that huge "furniture outlet" building that is right at the Plankington Ave. exist off I-794?? It's probably the largest unsightly building in the city--and boy is it UNSIGHTLY. It looks literally like it caught fire, all the contents burned, and they decided to just leave the building there. It is an EYESORE and gives a terrible impression of Milwaukee to say the least.
That's a great old building, with lots of potential. Hopefully someday someone will rehab it into lofts or something. I don't think it ever caught fire, it's just really old and grimy--understandable considering steam locomotives bellowed out their big puffs of smoke as they entered and left the old Milwaukee Road depot a few blocks away.

The bigger eyesore in that area is the Post Office.
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i don't think it's unsightly.

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The Harley-Davidson museum project picked up some more speed again, as the company continues to push for a site on the northeast corner of 6th and W. Canal Streets in the Menomonee Valley. In addition to the motorcycle museum and restaurant that's planned, Harley also would like to include an undisclosed amount of its own offices--perhaps an attempt to appease the Department of City Development and Menomonee Valley Parteners Inc., who are working on redeveloping the Valley with offices and light industrial uses.

So far, it's all just talk--Harley has yet to present anything official to the City.

Check it out: Offices added to museum mix - Harley broadens development plan to $80 million
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Old Posted Jan 17, 2004, 3:38 PM
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Someone needs to convert that building into lofts. It's a very large building and the real estate market around that area has exploded.

I would *love* to know what is the hold up with that building. It seriously makes the whole city look bad for visitors because it is right along the freeway if you want to visit the Art Museum, etc.
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I think that's a bit of an overstatement. I've been to plenty of cities and seen some pretty unsightly buildings, but they haven't changed my image of the city in question. Every city has grit. Some just have more than others. And besides that, I agree with cube--I don't think it's an eyesore. There are MUCH MUCH MUCH uglier buildings in Milwaukee. The 633, AMTRAK's station, and the aforementioned Post Office, to name a few in the area.

Wow, a LOT has gone down while I was AWOL. I'll admit that I'm a little bummed about the Pier Wisconsin selection, but I'll wait to see more renderings to get upset. I really liked the Arquitectura design. Other than that, it sounds like there's lots of good news around town. Cool beans.
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Harley-Davidson made it's official pitch to the City and local media today to locate its proposed $95 million museum/restaurant/office complex in the Menomonee Valley. The project is expected to bring in 300 to 400 jobs, and 350,000 visitors a year.

The proposed site is on the northeast corner of 6th and W. Canal Streets. A large portion of the site is currently occupied by the Milwaukee Department of Public Works garage and storage facilities, which will have to be relocated.

The plan, which consists of three phases, also calls for a considerable amount of urban design on the site--including cutting in some new streets to provide interior access and access to a new section of riverwalk along the Menomonee River and South Menomonee Canal.

First Phase:
- Museum (90,000 sq. ft.)
- Restaurant (7,250 sq. ft.)
- Banquet facility (8,000 sq. ft.)
- Retail space (5,000 sq. ft.)

Second Phase:
- Archives and motorcycle restoration facility (20,000 sq. ft.)

Third Phase:
- Commercial/office space (100,000 sq. ft.)

Harley hopes to get the project fast-tracked through all the necesssary planning and Common Council meetings, etc. so it can begin in the near future, antipipating a complete build-out by 2007.

It's not a done-deal yet, and renderings aren't availbale yet.

Have a look at the Journal Sentinel article for more details: Harley-Davidson announces $95 million museum project in Menomonee Valley

And one from the Business Journal: Harley unveils $95 million museum plan for Menomonee Valley
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Any word yet as to whether or not this project will have a big-name starchitect or a local firm yet? I scanned the articles but couldn't find anything...just thought you might know, Markitect.
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Kubala Washatko, will probably be involved (perhaps teamed up with others). They have a history of working on Harley projects (dealerships, various facilities, etc.), and were involved with the attempted Schlitz Park location.

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Lake Michigan ferry service between Milwaukee and Muskegon is expected to make a triumphant return this summer. Ferry operator Lake Express will link the two cities with a new high-speed, state-of-the-art catamaran--the first such vessel built for such service between two ports in the continental US. The yet-to-be named vessel is currently under construction at facilities in Mobile, Alabama and will make its way up the Atlantic, down the St. Lawerence Seaway, and through the Great Lakes to begin service by June 1.

Meanwhile, groundbreaking for the ferry terminal is set for this coming Tuedsay, Febuary 3. It will be located on S. Lincoln Memorial Drive, near the southern end of the Hoan Bridge. The rather modest terminal, designed by local firm Engberg Anderson Design Partners, features a two-story glass atrium, waiting area, and company offices (see rendering below). Outside, the terminal grounds will have 140-car parking lot, plus a staging area for loading cars onto the ferry. The project has a special emphasis on security issues as required by federal homeland security rules.

As for the high-speed ferry, the vessel is designed to reach speeds of 40 mph, making a one-way trip in about 2 hours and 40 minutes. The ferry will carry up to 250 passengers and 46 cars. Lake Express plans to run the ferry eight mounths out of the year, with 3 round trips per day in summer and 2 round trips per day in spring and fall.



See the Journal Sentinel article for a detailed explanation: High-speed ferry terminal cost reaches $3.5 million

Also check out the Lake Express website for a look at the interior and exterior of the catamaran. More specific information will be added to the site (like ticket prices and schedules) at a later date: Lake Express

Previous ferry service between Milwaukee and Muskegon was handled by the massive SS Milwaukee (a.k.a. the "Milwaukee Clipper") from 1941 to 1970. The steamship is now on display in Muskegon.

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"Rather modest" seems to be applicable to just about everything being built in Milwaukee right now, save for the Kilbourn Tower. But hey--it's better than nothing.
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That ferry service is a great idea. I'd use it!
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No to sound ignoranT here, but who exactly is taking these ferries (besides wickman)? I would just as soon drive or fly there.
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The ferry will be a good tourism link across the lake (much like the SS Badger which operates between Manitowoc and Ludington), and will especially come in handy for travellers wanting to avoid going all the way around the southern end of the lake and traffic messes in Chicagoland.
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