The Reed Street Yards is Worth the Investment
“It has been vacant for decades,” said Dan Casanova, of the Department of City Development.
The 17-acre property known as the Reed Street Yards is located between South 6th Street and South 3rd Street just across from the Harley-Davidson Museum in Walker’s Point. This property has been targeted by the City of Milwaukee as the potential epicenter of Milwaukee’s water industry. The property itself, despite being centrally located, has sat vacant for years, and currently has no infrastructure, such as roads and sewers that are necessary to support future development. At Tuesday’s Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development meeting the Department of City Development presented a project plan to construct the infrastructure and put in place the pieces need to develop this land. Rocky Marcoux, Commissioner Department of City Development, laid out the issue quite clearly saying “I’ll never have the opportunity to make the sale, if I don’t have something to sell.”
The re-development of the Reed Street Yards is the next piece of the puzzle to the revitalization of Walker’s Point, but more importantly it is the first physical effort by the City of Milwaukee to embrace the world water capital vision as laid out by the M7. At the meeting Alderman Robert Bauman referred to the proposal as “speculative,” and surely there is a level of risk as there is with any project, but it is time for Milwaukee to get serious about becoming the world water capital, and this is a first step.