Oops! No Money for UW-Tosa
To think, I was just about to put the UW-Tosa t-shirts up on the new Urban Milwaukee store, maybe I can hold off now? Apparently, UWM’s backing out of the fight to locate the School of Freshwater Sciences on the former Pieces of Eight restaurant site ruffled some feathers, and Michael Cudahy decided to return the favor by backing out of funding UWM’s proposed Wauwatosa location for the Engineering School. The fallout from this rift could actually build a stronger city and certainly will reshape a lakefront.
Maybe, now Chancellor Carlos Santiago can take a closer look at the master plan that UWM has been developing, and reconsider downtown Milwaukee as an option for the new school of engineering. A downtown campus would be closer to other universities and major companies conducting research. In fact, it was recently announced that UWM, Marquette, and MSOE will be working together on energy related research projects though the forming of the Southeastern Wisconsin Energy Technology Research Center. This partnership appears to be just the start and will be an ongoing endeavor that could only be strengthened by proximity.
On a more serious note, I do wonder, now that Michael Cudahy has withdrawn his funds for the Wauwatosa expansion, where will the $13.5 million to purchase the land come from? Taxpayers?