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Nik Kovac

Nik Kovac is an alderman on the Milwaukee Common Council. First elected in 2008, Kovac represents the city’s East Side, Riverwest, and a portion of downtown.

Official Biography

Nik Kovac was born and raised on Milwaukee’s East Side. He proudly attended Milwaukee Public Schools—from McDowell Montessori School to Golda Meir Elementary School, and Jackie Robinson Middle School through Riverside High School. While at Riverside, he earned more than 20 college credits from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Attending Harvard University and graduating cum laude with a degree in mathematics, Alderman Kovac worked to become a beat reporter and then a newspaper editor in New York City. He returned to Milwaukee to work for the Shepherd Express and Riverwest Currents. He continues to write pieces for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Since April 2008, he has been the Alderman for Milwaukee’s 3rd District, which includes the Brady Street neighborhood and the East Side, home to the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Campus and Riverwest neighborhoods. The district also includes many of the city’s artists and art institutions.

At City Hall he serves as the Chair of the Capital Improvements Committee, Vice-Chair of the Finance & Personnel Committee and as an influential member of the Licenses Committee. Alderman Kovac’s work extends outside City Hall and throughout his district as Chair of the East Side Architectural Review Board and as a member of the Milwaukee Arts Board, the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees, the Milwaukee County Federated Library Board, the Park East Advisory Committee and the Riverside University High School Foundation Board of Directors. As a proud stockholder for the Green Bay Packers football club and a resident of Riverwest, Alderman Kovac hosts a weekly radio show, Packerverse, on Riverwest’s Community Radio Station.

These rich experiences in the district have taught him the positive influence that active, engaged artists and citizens can have on the local economy, a sense of community, neighborhood beautification, and the city’s social memory.

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Campaign Finance Reports

2016 - July Continuing - $950 - 5 contributions

2016 - Pre-Election - $10,593 - 75 contributions

2016 - Pre-Primary - $50 - 1 contributions

2016 - January Continuing - $1,094 - 4 contributions

2015 - July Continuing - $12,593 - 99 contributions

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Press Release

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Press Release

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Taking the Pulse of the 2016 Milwaukee Elections

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Press Release

Council approves 2016 budget focused on public safety, libraries and jobs

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City weighs new Silk Exotic plan, settlement with strip club

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Prospect Avenue Apartments Win Board OK

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Developer cleared to convert Prospect Avenue parking lot into apartment building

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Bucks, Ald. Bauman at loggerheads on street-closing near arena

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Bar Exam

The Winchester, a Zombie Bar?

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News release from Alderman Michael J. Murphy

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The downtown arena proposal is nearing a full review and deliberation by the Common Council.

Plenty of Horne: Harbor Area Will Be Redesigned
Plenty of Horne

Harbor Area Will Be Redesigned

Calling all architects & planners: Brownfield with coal piles bordering harbor will be redeveloped.

House Confidential: The House That Launched Riverwest 24
House Confidential

The House That Launched Riverwest 24

Jeramey Prach founded the 24-hour bike race and his modest, 19th century home, now greatly expanded, is the race's start and finish line.

Intersection: North and Farwell
Intersection

North and Farwell

It’s already quite vibrant, but changes like turning Prospect and Farwell into two-way streets could improve it.

Council leaders call for removal of last-minute police and fire benefit mandate in state budget
Press Release

Council leaders call for removal of last-minute police and fire benefit mandate in state budget

News release from Alds. Michael J. Murphy and Nik Kovac

Plenty of Horne: New Apartment Complex for Brady Street
Plenty of Horne

New Apartment Complex for Brady Street

Proposed three-floor structure would offer apartments aimed at millennials plus 2,400 square feel of retail space.

City Officials Act to Save Cambridge Ave. Home

City Officials Act to Save Cambridge Ave. Home

Ald. Kovac sought temporary historic designation, contends too many period homes have been razed for apartment buildings.

Paving Project Information from Alderman Nik Kovac
Press Release

Paving Project Information from Alderman Nik Kovac

Although this may disrupt your travel and parking for a short time, I know we all will be pleased when Newberry Boulevard is smooth again—just in time for the 4th of July parade.

Plenty of Horne: Celebrating the Life of Paul Jakubovich
Plenty of Horne

Celebrating the Life of Paul Jakubovich

A host of notables gathered to salute Jakubovich and the fabulous historic architecture of Milwaukee he helped protect.

Public hearing set on city’s proposed financing package for new arena
Citation

Public hearing set on city’s proposed financing package for new arena

The City’s Real Costs for Bucks Arena

The City’s Real Costs for Bucks Arena

The exact total is unknown, but will be much higher than media has reported.

Impact of City Reduction in Marijuana Fine?

Impact of City Reduction in Marijuana Fine?

Local leaders offer different views on new city ordinance lowering maximum fine for pot possession to just $50.

City officials take on business leaders in basketball game to benefit Autism Speaks
Press Release

City officials take on business leaders in basketball game to benefit Autism Speaks

A team of Milwaukee public officials will face off against business leaders from around the city in a basketball game and charity event to benefit Autism Speaks on Saturday, June 13 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Journey House.

Plats and Parcels: 342 More Apartments Approved
Plats and Parcels

342 More Apartments Approved

New projects approved for Water Street and East Side. Plus, a 120-unit complex coming to Walker's Point would increase total to 462 apartments.

Plenty of Horne: The City’s Illegal Entertainers
Plenty of Horne

The City’s Illegal Entertainers

Until recently, Radio Milwaukee held live events with no city permit. Colectivo's live entertainment offerings at its Prospect Ave. location are still illegal.

City Considers Lowering Penalties for Marijuana

City Considers Lowering Penalties for Marijuana

Study shows 86% of those convicted of pot possession are African American.

Plenty of Horne: Will Historic Building in Third Ward Be Saved?
Plenty of Horne

Will Historic Building in Third Ward Be Saved?

Third Ward review board defers decision on Historic Designation. And Milwaukee now has a Croatian sister city.

Plats and Parcels: Bay View’s Golden Age?
Plats and Parcels

Bay View’s Golden Age?

A proposal for five new apartment buildings in Bay View. And will At Random be razed?

Plenty of Horne: Downer Avenue Stalled by Joel Lee?
Plenty of Horne

Downer Avenue Stalled by Joel Lee?

City officials meet with neighbors about Downer Avenue, a thriving retail strip with one huge problem: Landlord Joel Lee's foreclosed properties.

Plenty of Horne: De Blasio Descends on Milwaukee
Plenty of Horne

De Blasio Descends on Milwaukee

New York's mayor and crew of handlers and security came for his speech to state Democrats. Later he partied with local pols and local brews at Nick's House.

Friday Photos: 1800 E. North Ave. Arises From the Ashes
Friday Photos

1800 E. North Ave. Arises From the Ashes

Five years after the Pizza Man fire, a mixed-use building with 39 apartments and 6,000 square feet for retail is nearly built. But what about those darn ventilation grills?

Mayor Barrett’s 2015 State of the City Address
Press Release

Mayor Barrett’s 2015 State of the City Address

Monday, March 9th, 2015 - Alverno College

Neighborhood Meeting regarding Library Club Replacement
Press Release

Neighborhood Meeting regarding Library Club Replacement

I am hosting a neighborhood meeting regarding a NEW application for a Class B Tavern License and Public Entertainment Premise License for the old Library Club

Friday Photos: Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration
Friday Photos

Streetcar Signing Is Quite a Celebration

The mayor, business leaders and pols toasted the streetcar in Cudahy's Irish Pub, with Michael Cudahy on hand.

Plenty of Horne: Rebuilding A World of Cream City Brick
Plenty of Horne

Rebuilding A World of Cream City Brick

Huge "River House" development on the river will have 450 apartments, a substantial riverwalk and an updated Cream City design by architect Jim Shields.

Plenty of Horne: Milwaukeean Scores Top NYC Job
Plenty of Horne

Milwaukeean Scores Top NYC Job

Phil Walzak, who ran campaigns for Kohl, Barrett and Abele, is now a high-paid aide and good buddy of New York Mayor de Blasio.

Neighborhood Meeting and Project Information for the Proposed River House Development, Milwaukee, WI
Press Release

Neighborhood Meeting and Project Information for the Proposed River House Development, Milwaukee, WI

Atlantic Realty Partners and its design team will discuss the proposed redevelopment of the former Gallun Tannery site.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee Streetcar Approved
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee Streetcar Approved

After years of debate, streetcar will finally move forward. Final engineering will begin immediately, and construction by the end of the year.

Plenty of Horne: Horrors, Look At Those Building Vents!
Plenty of Horne

Horrors, Look At Those Building Vents!

East Side Architectural Review Board shudders at unapproved venting on new building at Oakland and North. Is there a solution?

Members of the Common Council Respond to Ald. Dudzik’s Remarks
Press Release

Members of the Common Council Respond to Ald. Dudzik’s Remarks

Joint Statement from members of the Common Council

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Responses Shows Wide Support
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Responses Shows Wide Support

Eleven out of 15 aldermanic districts, and 76 percent of all respondents support the proposed streetcar starter system.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Approved, but Held
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Approved, but Held

Large majority votes to approve streetcar, but parliamentary maneuver puts issue on hold until February 10th meeting.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes
Eyes on Milwaukee

Streetcar Backers Say They Have the Votes

Aldermen Witkowski and Perez now favor it, and touted plan to extend the line into their south-side districts.

Plenty of Horne: The Legacy of Paul Jakubovich
Plenty of Horne

The Legacy of Paul Jakubovich

The City’s Historic Preservation Officer had an unmatched knowledge of and commitment to the preservation of historic buildings.

In Public: Why the Swing Park Failed
In Public

Why the Swing Park Failed

It became a comedy of errors, but raises serious questions about the city’s strategy for “creative placemaking.”

Council approves Milwaukee Promise funding to help city neighborhoods
Press Release

Council approves Milwaukee Promise funding to help city neighborhoods

News release and maps document from Alderman Ashanti Hamilton

Eyes on Milwaukee: Council Delays Streetcar Until January
Eyes on Milwaukee

Council Delays Streetcar Until January

Minority of aldermen were able to use city charter provision to delay project for one month, but a majority seems poised to approve it.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Takes No Action on Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Takes No Action on Streetcar

Public Works Committee votes to send streetcar proposal to full council, setting up a showdown Dec. 16th.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Committee Approves Milwaukee Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Committee Approves Milwaukee Streetcar

Mayor offers historic address to council committee on streetcar and it gains their approval. Only one person speaks in opposition.

Plenty of Horne: Huge Turnout for East Library Opening
Plenty of Horne

Huge Turnout for East Library Opening

It was a truly an East Side event, and a crowd with tons of notables celebrated history in the making.

Plenty of Horne: Next Stops For The Streetcar
Plenty of Horne

Next Stops For The Streetcar

The devil is in the details of tax incremental financing and various meetings and approvals needed before construction begins.

Eyes on Milwaukee: New East Library is a Jewel
Eyes on Milwaukee

New East Library is a Jewel

Wow, what an improvement. Our photos capture the technology-rich and architecturally impressive new library

A big league city needs big league public transit options
Press Release

A big league city needs big league public transit options

Statement of Alderman Nik Kovac November 19, 2014

Eyes on Milwaukee: Barrett Moving Forward With Streetcar
Eyes on Milwaukee

Barrett Moving Forward With Streetcar

If Common Council approves at December 16 meeting, construction would start in late 2015, and Milwaukee would follow in footsteps of many other cities.

City Unveils New Plan to Build on $2.6 Billion in Downtown Investment by Moving the Streetcar Project Forward, Adding Lakefront Line
Press Release

City Unveils New Plan to Build on $2.6 Billion in Downtown Investment by Moving the Streetcar Project Forward, Adding Lakefront Line

Plan Covers Lakefront Line, Utility Costs Without Property Tax Dollars; Operations Slated to Begin by 2018

Plenty of Horne: Will Red Lion Roar on Water Street?
Plenty of Horne

Will Red Lion Roar on Water Street?

Proposed British pub would replace Brocach. Approval seems likely, despite some worries about noise from the patio.

Common Council finds opportunities for efficiencies in 2015 approved budget
Press Release

Common Council finds opportunities for efficiencies in 2015 approved budget

News release from Alds. Michael J. Murphy and Nik Kovac

Plenty of Horne: Last Remaining Single Family Riverfront Lot
Plenty of Horne

Last Remaining Single Family Riverfront Lot

“Build your dream home in an established community.” The lot can be yours for just $79,000.

Finance Committee Creates All-Hands-On-Deck Approach to Public Safety
Press Release

Finance Committee Creates All-Hands-On-Deck Approach to Public Safety

Additional Police Officers Will Be One Part of Comprehensive Strategy Throughout All City Departments

Milwaukee Bans Financial Inducements by Charter Schools
Press Release

Milwaukee Bans Financial Inducements by Charter Schools

City of Milwaukee charter schools are now prohibited from giving money or gifts as incentives to enroll new students.

RICH program, selling city-owned foreclosed homes for $1, receives unanimous Council support
Press Release

RICH program, selling city-owned foreclosed homes for $1, receives unanimous Council support

ews release from Alderman Russell W. Stamper, II

Eyes on Milwaukee: 700 E. Kilbourn High-Rise Wins Key Approval
Eyes on Milwaukee

700 E. Kilbourn High-Rise Wins Key Approval

Proposed high-rise would add up to 275 "ultra luxury" apartments to downtown Milwaukee -- with no public financing.

Doors Open: Inside the Standard at East Library
Doors Open

Inside the Standard at East Library

Our photos capture the interior of a one-bedroom apartment, its great views, and the rooftop deck.

Housing stock, affordable housing get boost from Common Council
Press Release

Housing stock, affordable housing get boost from Common Council

The Common Council has approved a new Housing Stock Improvement Program

Nonprofits can buy city-owned foreclosures for $1, additional marketing to continue
Press Release

Nonprofits can buy city-owned foreclosures for $1, additional marketing to continue

Qualifying nonprofit organizations will be allowed to purchase certain cityowned, tax-foreclosed properties for one dollar.

Council members target enrollment incentives offered by charter schools
Press Release

Council members target enrollment incentives offered by charter schools

News release from Alds. Nik Kovac and Michael J. Murphy

Plenty of Horne: City Leaders Plot New Urban Placemaking Effort
Plenty of Horne

City Leaders Plot New Urban Placemaking Effort

With some creative use of grant money, the Greater Milwaukee Committee is helping neighborhoods update their image by ‘Urban Placemaking’

Eyes on Milwaukee: Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Breaks Ground
Eyes on Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s Biggest Building Breaks Ground

"A beautiful day in Milwaukee" and for assembled power brokers as Northwestern Mutual's new skyscraper gets underway.

City of Milwaukee Preliminary Budget Hearing
Press Release

City of Milwaukee Preliminary Budget Hearing

The City of Milwaukee will hold a 2015 Preliminary Budget Hearing to ensure the 2015 City of Milwaukee Budget addresses the needs of our community

Plenty of Horne: Ambulance Chasing Lawyer Chases Abele
Plenty of Horne

Ambulance Chasing Lawyer Chases Abele

Plus: Bud Selig’s birthday bash and where will new Journal CEO live?

If a Progressive will not fight for what is right, how can that Progressive claim to fight for the people?
Cyclists, city officials gearing up for seventh annual Riverwest 24
Press Release

Cyclists, city officials gearing up for seventh annual Riverwest 24

Riverwest 24 Starts tonight -- News release from Alds. Kovac and Coggs

Back in the News: “Controversy” Over Swing Park?
Back in the News

“Controversy” Over Swing Park?

Architect blasts city for altering her design. Are her complaints valid?

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Swings are Back — and Better than Before
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Swings are Back — and Better than Before

Guerrilla urbanism triumphs, as “magical” swings re-installed under Holton Avenue Bridge.

Council approves minimum hourly wage ordinance
Press Release

Council approves minimum hourly wage ordinance

Joint news release and file from Alderman Hamilton, Alderman Kovac and Alderwoman Coggs

Eyes on Milwaukee: Uber and Lyft Legalized in Milwaukee
Eyes on Milwaukee

Uber and Lyft Legalized in Milwaukee

Taxis for anyone who wants to drive one. Uber and Lyft are legal. And someone will probably sue the city to stop this.

Proposal to lift cap on taxicab permits, create legal path for network company vehicles gets second look Tuesday
Press Release

Proposal to lift cap on taxicab permits, create legal path for network company vehicles gets second look Tuesday

“The Council is poised to adopt ground-breaking legislation that in my opinion will be looked at by other large cities and communities across the nation.”

Hard Hat Tour: The Standard at East Library
Hard Hat Tour

The Standard at East Library

Our photos take you inside the new library and apartment building on North Ave.

Could Milwaukee Support a Pro Soccer Team?

Could Milwaukee Support a Pro Soccer Team?

How I came to embrace soccer and what it could mean for America and Milwaukee.

Photo Gallery: Soccer Crowd Shuts Down Brady Street
Photo Gallery

Soccer Crowd Shuts Down Brady Street

As many as 15,000 people pack Brady Street and surround Nomad Bar, while celebrating USA v Portugal game.

Eyes on Milwaukee: MSOE Renames Soccer Field
Eyes on Milwaukee

MSOE Renames Soccer Field

Kovac wonders why MSOE would name it after its current president. And why an engineering school couldn't dig a deep enough hole for its soccer field.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Finally, a New Park East Plan
Eyes on Milwaukee

Finally, a New Park East Plan

Ten years later, the city and county are finally on the same page. Is development in the area ready to "explode"?

Brady Street BID#11 Teams up with NEWaukee for 3rd Annual Art Walk
Press Release

Brady Street BID#11 Teams up with NEWaukee for 3rd Annual Art Walk

The Brady Street Business Improvement District, BID#11, and NEWaukee will partner up to host the 3rd Annual Art Walk during Spring on Brady.

City Commission Says Yes to Adventure Rock

City Commission Says Yes to Adventure Rock

Zoning change approved for planned 4-story, 46-unit apartment complex and indoor climbing wall in Riverwest.

Meeting invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac
Press Release

Meeting invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac

Join State Senator Chris Larson and Milwaukee Alderman Nik Kovac for a town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 13

Meeting invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac
Press Release

Meeting invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac

Join State Senator Chris Larson and Milwaukee Alderman Nik Kovac for a town hall meeting on Tuesday, May 13 at the Riverside University High School Auditorium, 1615 E. Locust Street, from 5pm to 6:30pm

Important meeting information from Alderman Nik Kovac
Press Release

Important meeting information from Alderman Nik Kovac

Join us for a town hall meeting sponsored by Senator Chris Larson, Senator Nikiya Harris, Representative Leon Young, Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs tomorrow (Tuesday, May 6) at theGordon Park Pavilion (SE corner of E. Locust and N. Humboldt) from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Hear how legislation that passed during session this year will affect the community, and share your thoughts with your representatives.

Meeting reminder from Alderman Nik Kovac
Press Release

Meeting reminder from Alderman Nik Kovac

Alderman Nik Kovac invites you to attend a 3rd District town hall meeting from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. TONIGHT, April 30 in the library at Riverside University High School.

Eyes on Milwaukee: We Hate This Boston Store Subsidy!
Eyes on Milwaukee

We Hate This Boston Store Subsidy!

Common Council members all complain about the TIF for Boston Store, then pass it 11-3.

Cesar Chavez city worker holiday proposal to be heard by Finance and Personnel Committee
Press Release

Cesar Chavez city worker holiday proposal to be heard by Finance and Personnel Committee

City employees would have the option of taking off on March 31 annually as a holiday observing the birthday of American labor and civil rights champion Cesar E. Chavez.

House Confidential: The House of Hank the Dog
House Confidential

The House of Hank the Dog

The Brewer's canine mascot has a nine-room Whitefish Bay home and 10,000 square foot lot to roam in, all worth $570,000.

$10,000 Awarded to Community Artists for Performance Ideas in the ARTery, New Park in Harambee
Press Release

$10,000 Awarded to Community Artists for Performance Ideas in the ARTery, New Park in Harambee

Community members dreamed up 116 ideas in response, and after an open jury hosted at All People’s Church, beintween awarded a total of $10,000 to the top 20 winners.

Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address

Milwaukee February 24, 2014 As Prepared for Delivery

Under new configuration, Finance and Personnel Committee will continue precedent of fiscal responsibility
Press Release

Under new configuration, Finance and Personnel Committee will continue precedent of fiscal responsibility

I would like to thank Common Council President Michael Murphy for entrusting me with the responsibility of chairing the City of Milwaukee’s Finance and Personnel Committee.

Strengths, experience reflected in changes in Common Council Committee Appointments
Press Release

Strengths, experience reflected in changes in Common Council Committee Appointments

President Murphy has appointed Alderman Nik Kovac to succeed him as the new chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee.

Ray Chi Selected to Commission Public Art at East Library
Press Release

Ray Chi Selected to Commission Public Art at East Library

Milwaukee Artist’s Concepts Will Activate Space on Cramer and North Avenue

Plenty of Horne: Owner of Strad Violin Tips Her Identity
Plenty of Horne

Owner of Strad Violin Tips Her Identity

The violin's owner was at the scene of the crime and signed her first name to a message published by Frank Almond.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Betting on the Common Council
Eyes on Milwaukee

Betting on the Common Council

Haven't got your fix with the Super Bowl? Gamble with friends on who will be the next council president.

Plenty of Horne: Huge Turnout for City Birthday Party
Plenty of Horne

Huge Turnout for City Birthday Party

Lots of politicians, journalists, lobbyists and others glad-handed each other and drank free beer to salute the city's 168th birthday.

Elections: Dan Adams’ Assembly Fundraiser
Elections

Dan Adams’ Assembly Fundraiser

He's got Abele's backing for the Milwaukee legislative seat, while Barrett backs Dimitrijevic.

Murphy’s Law: Does Downer Avenue Need a Tax Subsidy?
Murphy’s Law

Does Downer Avenue Need a Tax Subsidy?

Developer Joel Lee claims the buzzing retail strip needs help from the city.

Plenty of Horne: Goodbye Faye McBeath Foundation
Plenty of Horne

Goodbye Faye McBeath Foundation

The foundation created by a Milwaukee Journal heir gave untold millions to local causes since 1960s, but will spend its final assets this year.

Finalists Chosen for East Branch Public Art Project
Press Release

Finalists Chosen for East Branch Public Art Project

The Milwaukee Public Library Selects Four Local Artists To Present Plans for Third Public Art Installation

Plenty of Horne: Campaign Season Kicks Off
Plenty of Horne

Campaign Season Kicks Off

Politicos flock to Jon Richards fundraiser, and judicial candidate Janet C. Protasiewicz's event.

The Other Mandela

The Other Mandela

The fundraiser for Rep. Mandela Barnes, just two days before his namesake Nelson Mandela died, had a big turnout.

Bike-sharing program moves forward with committee approval
Press Release

Bike-sharing program moves forward with committee approval

A public bike-sharing system for the City of Milwaukee picked up the endorsement of a key Common Council committee on Wednesday.

Reminder: Neighborhood Town hall Set for Wednesday, December 11
Press Release

Reminder: Neighborhood Town hall Set for Wednesday, December 11

The event will be held in the auditorium at Riverside University High School, 1615 E. Locust St. from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Plenty of Horne: Amtrak to Chicago Will Go Wireless
Plenty of Horne

Amtrak to Chicago Will Go Wireless

Finally, the line will get Wi-Fi (we hope), but Milwaukee's Amtrak station still lacks it.

Wangard Breaks Ground on New Apartment Development in Park East Corridor
Press Release

Wangard Breaks Ground on New Apartment Development in Park East Corridor

Avenir apartments expected to open September 2014

Eyes on Milwaukee: Strip Club Coming to Downtown?
Eyes on Milwaukee

Strip Club Coming to Downtown?

City committee rules against exotic nightclub on Old World Third, then seems to open door to a location across from Bradley Center.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Commission Approves 6-Story East Side Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Commission Approves 6-Story East Side Apartments

City Plan Commission unanimously approves proposed, 100-unit apartment complex.

Planning and a Pint Series Takes on Bradley Center Debate
Press Release

Planning and a Pint Series Takes on Bradley Center Debate

Discussion at the Bradley Center will center around future of facility, and the possibility a new arena.

Eyes on Milwaukee: They Like It, They Really Like It
Eyes on Milwaukee

They Like It, They Really Like It

East Side Architectural Review Board unanimously approves design for 6-story, 100-unit Greenwich Park Apartments

Riverside girls track team to cut ribbon on new track Saturday
Press Release

Riverside girls track team to cut ribbon on new track Saturday

Set for 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 12 at school; track had not been upgraded since 1977

Artists Chosen for Milwaukee Public Library East Branch Public Art Project
Press Release

Artists Chosen for Milwaukee Public Library East Branch Public Art Project

Local Artists Awarded Two Commissions for Internal Public Art Works

Public Meeting in Riverwest Next Week
Press Release

Public Meeting in Riverwest Next Week

A joint public meeting with Alderman Nik Kovac and Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, September 23, 2013.

House Confidential: The Hotel Shepard
House Confidential

The Hotel Shepard

The historic east side mansion charges $499 a night for two-day rentals and sleeps up to 20 people. Neighbors for some reason are irate.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Oakland & North Project Stalled Yet Again
Eyes on Milwaukee

Oakland & North Project Stalled Yet Again

Review board says the design of proposed mixed-use building is still not good enough for such an important site.

Murray Ave Parklet Takes It to the Street

Murray Ave Parklet Takes It to the Street

Parking spots on Milwaukee's East Side converted into a dining area.

Milwaukee Gets Ready to Cut Ribbon on First Parklet in City
Press Release

Milwaukee Gets Ready to Cut Ribbon on First Parklet in City

Public Invited to Grand Opening of ‘Curbside Dining Deck’ Today

Plenty of Horne: City Wants Changes for Old Pizza Man Site
Plenty of Horne

City Wants Changes for Old Pizza Man Site

Proposed building is "too boxy" and "monolithic," Ald. Kovac and others on review board say.

The Greening of Shorewood

The Greening of Shorewood

The suburb’s embrace of green roofs, rain barrels and rain gardens is a model for others, including Milwaukee.

Milwaukee Gets Ready to Cut Ribbon on First Parklet in City
Press Release

Milwaukee Gets Ready to Cut Ribbon on First Parklet in City

Public Invited to Grand Opening of ‘Curbside Dining Deck’ Aug. 23rd

Murphy’s Law: Can Wisconsin Avenue Be Saved?
Murphy’s Law

Can Wisconsin Avenue Be Saved?

A city task force hopes to revive the street but the obstacles are many.

Event Invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac
Press Release

Event Invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac

I am hosting a neighborhood meeting regarding Library Club.

Photo Gallery: A Very Pleasant Opening
Photo Gallery

A Very Pleasant Opening

Photos and gossip from the ceremonial opening of the Pleasant Street Bridge.

Photo Gallery: East Library Groundbreaking
Photo Gallery

East Library Groundbreaking

Photos capture groundbreaking for new mixed-use development combining East Library, retail and apartments. Take that, Bayshore.

Plenty of Horne: St Paul Bridge Will Be Rebuilt
Plenty of Horne

St Paul Bridge Will Be Rebuilt

Seventh bridge reconstructed on Barrett's watch will include streetcar tracks.

Murphy’s Law: The $1 Million Art Project
Murphy’s Law

The $1 Million Art Project

Steve Marcus’ plan to bring world class sculpture to Milwaukee is expensive. Is it a good idea?

Where the Buffalo Roam

Where the Buffalo Roam

A new art project honoring Native American history will be constructed on the new Downtown to Bay View Bikeway

King Drive Owner Under Fire, Taxpayers Could Lose $212,000

King Drive Owner Under Fire, Taxpayers Could Lose $212,000

Ald. Coggs assails company for promising local grocery and leasing to Dollar Tree instead.

PACE energy efficiency initiative for buildings moves forward
Press Release

PACE energy efficiency initiative for buildings moves forward

Building on the success of the Me2 program, the City of Milwaukee is developing new financial resources to help building owners finance energy efficiency improvements on their properties and improvements that save energy dollars, create better buildings, create local jobs and improve the environment.

In Public: “Wait, Wait, Wait”
In Public

“Wait, Wait, Wait”

The city’s new audio crosswalk alerts are annoying -- and potentially dangerous.

Photo Gallery: Temporary East Library Opens
Photo Gallery

Temporary East Library Opens

It's just a block and a half away from the old library, and as Mayor Barrett demonstrated at its opening, you can still check out books.

Global Anti-Bigotry Campaign Makes U.S. Debut in Milwaukee
Press Release

Global Anti-Bigotry Campaign Makes U.S. Debut in Milwaukee

Milwaukee Jewish Federation collaborates with U.S. Department of State to launch Hours Against Hate

Landlord registration program could be eliminated
Press Release

Landlord registration program could be eliminated

Statement from Alderman Nik Kovac June 20, 2013

Plenty of Horne: Residents Reject Freshwater Name
Plenty of Horne

Residents Reject Freshwater Name

Contest to rename Pittsburgh Ave. to honor water institute didn't convince street's residents, who nixed Freshwater Way.

New legislation targets predatory schools, protects students
Press Release

New legislation targets predatory schools, protects students

Statement of Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs June 11, 2013

Eyes on Milwaukee: $350,000 Grant Funds Art Corridors
Eyes on Milwaukee

$350,000 Grant Funds Art Corridors

GMC lands grant from ArtPlace America to create artistic corridors in Riverwest and Harambee and on West Wisconsin Ave.

Photo Gallery: Mayor Barrett Bikes to Work!
Photo Gallery

Mayor Barrett Bikes to Work!

Mayor Barrett kicked off Bike to Work Week with his annual bike ride, and announced new city funding for bike-sharing.

Celebrate Bike to Work Week with Mayor Tom Barrett, Alderpersons, and The Wisconsin Bike Federation
City car sharing partnership brings Zipcar to the 3rd Aldermanic District
Press Release

City car sharing partnership brings Zipcar to the 3rd Aldermanic District

The City of Milwaukee has launched a new partnership with Zipcar, Inc. to offer a car sharing program in Milwaukee located in the 3rd District, Alderman Nik Kovac said.

Plenty of Horne: Mayor Says Streetcar is “Trojan Horse”
Plenty of Horne

Mayor Says Streetcar is “Trojan Horse”

Streetcar will be first leg of what he hopes will be a more extensive rail system.

Photo Gallery: Politics & Poetry II
Photo Gallery

Politics & Poetry II

Aldermen join seasoned poets to tout today's election and celebrate the memory of poet Anita Brooks.

Referendum on same-day registration a chance to make residents’ voices heard
Press Release

Referendum on same-day registration a chance to make residents’ voices heard

Joint Statement from members of the Common Council

Important information from Alderman Nik Kovac
Press Release

Important information from Alderman Nik Kovac

The City of Milwaukee needs your help with an issue that's of critical importance to our future.

Milwaukee Public Library’s East Library Will Relocate to Temporary Facility This Summer and Hold Public Meeting on Design in April
Plenty of Horne: Mystery Behind the MU Law School Poll
Plenty of Horne

Mystery Behind the MU Law School Poll

MU's pollster calls Ald. Kovac's radio show. Is she from the "East Coast," as MU says, or India?

House Confidential: Rocky’s Throne of Stone
House Confidential

Rocky’s Throne of Stone

Neighbor and boss Tom Barrett says DCD head Rocky Marcoux worthy of Nobel Prize, but is his house?

House Confidential: Jim Wiechmann’s Gothic Mansion
House Confidential

Jim Wiechmann’s Gothic Mansion

The real estate tycoon and owner of Stevens Point Brewery has one of the grandest mansions in town.

Plenty of Horne: Brady Street BID Expands Boundaries?
Plenty of Horne

Brady Street BID Expands Boundaries?

And Milwaukee's corporations asleep on gay marriage issue?

Eyes on Milwaukee: A Historic Milwaukee Celebration
Eyes on Milwaukee

A Historic Milwaukee Celebration

Plus: A national green award for The Brewery; and bringing fruit trees to Walker's Point.

Mayor Barrett’s 2013 State of the City Address
Press Release

Mayor Barrett’s 2013 State of the City Address

Monday, February 25, 2013, Pritzlaff Building

31 Townhomes Coming to Riverwest

31 Townhomes Coming to Riverwest

All are apartments with lots of amenities but do they maximize their proximity to the river?

Facing the Foreclosure Crisis

Facing the Foreclosure Crisis

A packed crowd at City Hall listened to experts discuss the problem of foreclosed homes and possible solutions.

Urban home ownership, maintaining neighborhood vitality to be discussed during City Hall event Friday
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Urban home ownership, maintaining neighborhood vitality to be discussed during City Hall event Friday

A City Hall event on Friday (February 1) entitled “Panel on Urban Home Ownership and Neighborhood Vitality during the Foreclosure Crisis,” will feature Alderman Nik Kovac.

Plenty of Horne: Neighbors Boiling Over Boylston Plan
Plenty of Horne

Neighbors Boiling Over Boylston Plan

Too much congestion, they complain. Ald. Kovac is feeling the heat.

M. L. King Library is Open and Will Hold a Special Program on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
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M. L. King Library is Open and Will Hold a Special Program on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

All Other Milwaukee Public Libraries are closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Same-day voter registration advisory referendum goes to voters on April 2, 2013
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Same-day voter registration advisory referendum goes to voters on April 2, 2013

Statement from Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs January 15, 2013

Event Invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac
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Event Invitation from Alderman Nik Kovac

Alderman Nik Kovac, along with State Senator Chris Larson and State Representative Jon Richards, invites residents to a Community Town Hall meeting:

Council members applaud 911 cell phone shift vote by County Board
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Council members applaud 911 cell phone shift vote by County Board

The Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors today approved a compromise plan that will allow Milwaukee Police Department dispatchers to begin handling all 911 cell phone calls that originate in the city – a cooperative move that will save taxpayer dollars.

Milwaukee’s conservation efforts pay off with Bird City Wisconsin designation
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Milwaukee’s conservation efforts pay off with Bird City Wisconsin designation

Milwaukee Alderman Nik Kovac is pleased to announce that the City of Milwaukee is among six of the most recent municipalities to win recognition from Bird City Wisconsin.

Public vetting process needed for Fire and Police Commission appointments
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Public vetting process needed for Fire and Police Commission appointments

Joint Statement from Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderman Ashanti Hamilton, and Alderman José G. Pérez

Eyes on Milwaukee: Pizza and the Park East
Eyes on Milwaukee

Pizza and the Park East

Pizza Man and The Couture win approvals and a Park East hotel is also likely to be okayed.

East Library Design Public Meeting
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East Library Design Public Meeting

The Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) will hold a public meeting TOMORROW, December 11th on the new East Library design.

Murphy’s Law: Mayor Backs Flynn, Slams Newspaper
Murphy’s Law

Mayor Backs Flynn, Slams Newspaper

Journal Sentinel’s series on data errors “takes crime fighting officers off the street,” Barrett charges.

Neighborhood Meeting Tonight
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Neighborhood Meeting Tonight

Meeting on the proposed location for a new Pizza Man restaurant.

East Library Design Meeting
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East Library Design Meeting

The Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, December 11th on the new East Library design.

Alderman Kovac invites residents to stuff Santa’s sleigh tomorrow
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Alderman Kovac invites residents to stuff Santa’s sleigh tomorrow

Phoenix is seeking nonperishable food, monetary and in-kind donations to the Hunger Task Force.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Dead Zones
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Dead Zones

Two new apartment buildings for Downtown's fringes, and two new coffee houses. All spell progress.

Neighborhood Meeting
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Neighborhood Meeting

Your input is important. I hope to see you there!

Council votes to support County Board’s Medical Examiner legislation
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Council votes to support County Board’s Medical Examiner legislation

County Board file establishes new policy for ME in cases involving death while in law enforcement custody

Mayor’s Committee to Host United Nations Anniversary Commeroration
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Mayor’s Committee to Host United Nations Anniversary Commeroration

The City of Milwaukee will be celebrating the ideals and impact of the United Nations on Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by hosting a presentation and reception in City Hall in honor of the 67th Anniversary of the United Nations Charter.

Power Play

Power Play

A city committee resists heavy lobbying and forestalls a special taxing district for Juneau Park and Cathedral Square.

Pattern and practice of potential police misconduct warrants federal investigation
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Pattern and practice of potential police misconduct warrants federal investigation

Joint Statement from members of the Common Council

Common Council members call for County to codify changes in Medical Examiner’s procedures
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Common Council members call for County to codify changes in Medical Examiner’s procedures

Several Council members met with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office on Friday (Sept. 28) to discuss concerns related to the Derek Williams case.

Neighborhood Town Hall set for TONIGHT
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Neighborhood Town Hall set for TONIGHT

Milwaukee Alderman Nik Kovac invites residents to share concerns and hear from local officials at a Neighborhood Town Hall meeting this evening (Tuesday, October 2).

Citizens still waiting for answers about illegal strip searches
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Citizens still waiting for answers about illegal strip searches

Other Council members and I have recently been directing our efforts toward learning more about the tragic death in police custody of Derek Williams, and seeking justice for him.

Joint statement from Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman José G. Pérez and Alderman Ashanti Hamilton
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Joint statement from Alderman Nik Kovac, Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs, Alderman José G. Pérez and Alderman Ashanti Hamilton

Today’s announcement that Pierce Elementary School and La Escuela Fratney have been chosen as GE Foundation Demonstration Schools is great news.

Statement from Mayor Tom Barrett Concerning the Public Service Commission Ruling on the Milwaukee Streetcar Project
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Statement from Mayor Tom Barrett Concerning the Public Service Commission Ruling on the Milwaukee Streetcar Project

We agree with comments made by two of the three Public Service Commission (PSC) members that the Streetcar project is an exercise of the City’s police power, and that it is a benefit to the public’s health, safety and welfare.

U.S. Attorney’s insight needed in Williams death investigation
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U.S. Attorney’s insight needed in Williams death investigation

We are respectfully requesting that the office of the U.S. Attorney conduct an investigation into the case of Derek Williams, who died last year while in the custody of Milwaukee police.

Four More Years

Four More Years

The Common Council approves the reappointment of DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux for another term.

Neighborhood Town Hall set for Tuesday
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Neighborhood Town Hall set for Tuesday

Milwaukee Alderman Nik Kovac invites residents to share concerns and hear from local officials at a Neighborhood Town Hall meeting the evening of Tuesday, October 2nd 2012.

The Saga Continues

The Saga Continues

Once again, a city committee approved -- after disagreeing -- the reappointment of DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux.

Council members set for NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner
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Council members set for NAACP Freedom Fund Dinner

The theme of this year’s event is “Reform, Restore, Refocus: Your Power, Your Decision-VOTE.”

Tragedy in Oak Creek
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Tragedy in Oak Creek

Joint Statement from Members of the Common Council

This is the End, Beautiful Friend

This is the End, Beautiful Friend

Some thoughts on the bitter end of Sydney Hih.

City health benefits now cover all families
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City health benefits now cover all families

The Common Council voted Tuesday to extend health and dental benefits eligibility to registered domestic partners of city retirees and to the children of all registered domestic partners.

A Really Rocky Road

A Really Rocky Road

Opponents succeed in delaying the reappointment of DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux, sending a message to Marcoux and Mayor Barrett.

Common Council approves Milwaukee Jobs Act initiative
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Common Council approves Milwaukee Jobs Act initiative

The Common Council today approved creation of the Milwaukee Jobs Act -Transitional Jobs Program – a multifaceted effort to create employment opportunities for city young people and job seekers from areas of the city that have been particularly hard-hit economically.

Not Too Rocky a Road.  So Far.

Not Too Rocky a Road. So Far.

DCD Commissioner Rocky Marcoux's reappointment won committee approval, but what will the full council do?

New Bike Transit System?

New Bike Transit System?

A city committee votes to support a system of bike-sharing kiosks. Other cities have cut auto traffic this way.

Plan Commission Recommends Approval of Five-story Apartment Building

Plan Commission Recommends Approval of Five-story Apartment Building

Green features garner support for apartment project from Alderman and neighborhood.

Bike-sharing program pedals to Public Works Committee
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Bike-sharing program pedals to Public Works Committee

The Public Works Committee will discuss a resolution Wednesday (July 11) to create a bicycle-sharing program in Milwaukee that if approved could start up in spring 2013.

One More Chance for the Sydney HIH

One More Chance for the Sydney HIH

Parliamentary procedure buys the Sydney HIH a few more days.

Neighborhood walk-through Thursday
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Neighborhood walk-through Thursday

Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs will be having a joint neighborhood walk-through to address neighborhood safety concerns with Alderman Nik Kovac on Thursday, July 5, starting at 2 p.m.

Neighborhood walk-through Thursday
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Neighborhood walk-through Thursday

Alderman Nik Kovac will be having a joint neighborhood walk-through to address neighborhood safety concerns with Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs on Thursday, July 5, starting at 2 p.m. outside Club Timbuktu, 520 E. Center St.

Gordon Park July 4th Independence Day Celebration
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Gordon Park July 4th Independence Day Celebration

Make plans to attend tomorrow’s fun and festivities at Gordon Park at N. Humboldt Blvd. and E. Locust St.

Murphy’s Law: Rocky Road
Murphy’s Law

Rocky Road

Some aldermen want to dump DCD head Rocky Marcoux, but Mayor Barrett disagrees.

Festival & street closure information from Alderman Nik Kovac
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Festival & street closure information from Alderman Nik Kovac

The 12th Annual East Side Summer Soulstice Music Festival will take place Saturday, June 23 from noon to midnight(music ends at 11 p.m.).

Watching the Watchdog – Joint Statement from Members of the Common Council
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Watching the Watchdog – Joint Statement from Members of the Common Council

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s recent investigations into the police department have misled the public about important facts relevant to the safety of our community.

Murphy’s Law: The War Against Chief Flynn
Murphy’s Law

The War Against Chief Flynn

Why is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel trashing the city’s best police chief in decades?

New Zoning Would Allow Taller East Side Buildings

New Zoning Would Allow Taller East Side Buildings

In one of its "shortest meetings ever," the City Plan Commission recommended letting North Avenue rise higher.

Biking Takes Spotlight this Summer

Biking Takes Spotlight this Summer

Highlights include 76 miles of new or improved bike lanes, and a raised bike lane for Bay View.

East Library Gains Zoning Approval, Rest of District Held

East Library Gains Zoning Approval, Rest of District Held

Residents are still a little restive about it, but the East Side's buildings are likely to get a little higher, to judge by the results of today's City Plan Commission meeting.

Future of Transit Discussion at the top of the US Bank Center

Future of Transit Discussion at the top of the US Bank Center

If you care about transit in Milwaukee, or if you simply want the best view of the city available, come to the 40th floor of the US Bank Center next Monday night, April 16th from 5:30 until 8:00 for a cocktail hour and discussion on the future of transit in Milwaukee and how we move through the city.

Jackson St. Apartment Proposal Approved at Zoning Committee

Jackson St. Apartment Proposal Approved at Zoning Committee

Back for a second time, Dermond Property Investments' request for a change in zoning for the properties 1601 N. Jackson and 522 E. Pleasant, the former Joey's Restaurant location, from Local Business (LB2) to a Detailed Planned Development (DPD) was once again in front of the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Hines for Mayor, Coggs for Life, Thomas for 34%, and More City Politics
Eyes on Milwaukee

Hines for Mayor, Coggs for Life, Thomas for 34%, and More City Politics

Welcome to the seventh installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week the focus is all on City of Milwaukee elected officials following yesterday's election. I explore the likelihood that Willie Hines runs for Mayor, how the new Common Council will resemble the old Common Council, the wide disparity in vote totals between districts, Bob Donovan winning the war, the shocking number of votes Johnny Thomas got, and Spencer Coggs' new job.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Talgos being Mothballed, Bike Corrals Return, YP Week, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Talgos being Mothballed, Bike Corrals Return, YP Week, and More

Welcome to the fifth installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week we take a look at mothballing the new Talgo trainsets for the Amtrak Hiawatha line, the return of the bike corrals, Young Professional Week, free music from the Milwaukee Public Library, and more.

City Plan Commission Recommends Revised Jackson St. Apartment Building for Approval

City Plan Commission Recommends Revised Jackson St. Apartment Building for Approval

Dermond Property Investments' request for a change in zoning for the properties 1601 N. Jackson and 522 E. Pleasant, the former Joey's Restaurant location, from Local Business (LB2) to a Detailed Planned Development (DPD) was once again before the City Plan Commission. The proposal was required to go back before the City Plan Commission, because the number of rental units in the proposal had changed.

Zoning Committee Votes for Approval of MSOE Parking Garage

Zoning Committee Votes for Approval of MSOE Parking Garage

MSOE's $28 million, 750 stall parking garage proposal received approval at the February 22nd, 2012 meeting of the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee meeting.

The North End Phase Two Groundbreaking Photos

The North End Phase Two Groundbreaking Photos

A ceremonial groundbreaking took place at the corner of Pleasant and Water streets today for the Portrait and Silhouette buildings at The North End, collectively known as Phase Two of The North End. A number of public officials were on hand representing the large number of public funding sources required to get the project off the ground (or more aptly, in the ground) with the state of private financing for development.

East Library Redevelopment Update and Estimated Schedule

East Library Redevelopment Update and Estimated Schedule

A public meeting was held at Milwaukee Public Library's East Library last night to present updates and answer questions on East Library redevelopment proposal.

Riverwest private dorm recommended for denial by City Plan Commission

Riverwest private dorm recommended for denial by City Plan Commission

Trinitas Ventures' request for a change in zoning, from Industrial Light 2 to Detail Plan Development, was recommended for denial by the City Plan Commission at the February 6th, 2012 meeting.

Jackson Street Apartment Proposal Held at Committee

Jackson Street Apartment Proposal Held at Committee

Dermond Property Investments' request for a change in zoning for the properties 1601 N. Jackson and 522 E. Pleasant St. from Local Business (LB2) to a Detailed Planned Development (DPD) was held at today's Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee.

HSI/WiRED Properties Proposal Picked for East Library

HSI/WiRED Properties Proposal Picked for East Library

The Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustee’s Building and Development Committee met at the East Library on Wednesday night to hear final proposals from the three respondents to the East Library Redevelopment RFP. Following a closed session for deliberations, the Building and Development Committee voted to move the proposal from HSI Properties forward to the full Library Board.

HMI Doors Open 2011 Recommendations

HMI Doors Open 2011 Recommendations

Imagine this for a moment -- you’re a kid in a candy store, and as things go, this candy store is opening for the first time ever and only for one weekend. Oh gosh. You’ve dreamed of this cornucopia of confections so many times before, you know every name and shiny wrapper in the store... but your eyes are bigger than your stomach. How can you pick just a choice few, knowing your slight allowance won’t let you have all that you want? It’s the best and worst kind of agony.

Mixed-Use East Library Proposals Meet the Neighbors

Mixed-Use East Library Proposals Meet the Neighbors

Wednesday night, Alderman Nik Kovac held a public meeting to allow feedback to be voiced regarding the three proposed alternatives for the redevelopment of the one-story East Library into a mixed-use facility. The meeting was a follow-up to a meeting last November discussing the potential of issuing a request-for-proposal (RFP) for the redevelopment of the East Library site. Attendees at the meeting were provided with an update on the process and allowed to ask questions about the process and proposals. The predictable East Side public meeting questions were aired, but which, if any, of the proposals will be selected?

MSOE Parking Garage Proposal Needs Work

MSOE Parking Garage Proposal Needs Work

Talks between M&I, MSOE, and Milwaukee County regarding MSOE's proposed parking garage in the Park East have dragged on for months, and it is likely because of a new detail that makes a marginal project into a bad project.

John Norquist Milwaukee Tour – Congress for the New Urbanism

John Norquist Milwaukee Tour – Congress for the New Urbanism

One day before the start of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) 19th annual conference in Madison, former Mayor and current CNU President & CEO John Norquist returned to Milwaukee with a number of his former deputies to offer a tour of many of the urban projects started during his tenure as mayor.

Marriott Approved.  Greenwich Park Apartments Approved

Marriott Approved. Greenwich Park Apartments Approved

Two controversial development projects received key approvals at the January 19th, 2011 meeting of the Common Council.

Greenwich Park Apartments Zoning Change Approved by Committee

Greenwich Park Apartments Zoning Change Approved by Committee

Mercy Housing Lakefront's $8.5 million Greenwich Park Apartments project received approval at the January 11th, 2011 meeting of the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee.

Mercy Housing’s East Side Proposal is Recommended for Approval by City Plan Commission

Mercy Housing’s East Side Proposal is Recommended for Approval by City Plan Commission

Mercy Housing Lakefront's Greenwich Park Apartments proposal was recommended for approval at the December 6th, 2010 meeting of the City Plan Commission.

Mercy Housing Lakefront Presents Updated Design to East Side Residents (Renderings)

Mercy Housing Lakefront Presents Updated Design to East Side Residents (Renderings)

At last night's East Side town hall meeting Mercy Housing Lakefront presented a further refined design for an $8.5 million apartment building to be constructed at the corner of N. Farwell Ave. and Thomas St. on Milwaukee's East Side.

A Mixed-Use Library to Replace the East Library?

A Mixed-Use Library to Replace the East Library?

Alderman Nik Kovac, whose district includes the East Library on 1910 E. North Avenue, held a public meeting on November 11th to solicit feedback on the proposal of converting the one-story, single-use library into a mixed-use building.The meeting, which was held at the East Library meeting room, attracted a standing-room only crowd, and included representatives from the Library Board (of which Kovac is a member), the Department of City Development, and the Mayor's office

Photo Gallery: Group Unveils Temporary Public Art on Capitol Drive
Photo Gallery

Group Unveils Temporary Public Art on Capitol Drive

To fill the gap between the site's multi-year transformation from brownfield to productive industrial space, the 30th Street Industrial Corridor Corporation and Business Improvement District #37 invited IN:SITE to create art installations that generate interest in the area.

Public Safety Committee Approves New Milwaukee Bike Plan

Public Safety Committee Approves New Milwaukee Bike Plan

The Bicycle Master Plan was presented to the Public Safety Committee at the September 16th, 2010 meeting.

Milwaukee to Contract Nationally Recognized Transit Expert

Milwaukee to Contract Nationally Recognized Transit Expert

At the May 4th, 2010 meeting of the Common Council, Alderman Bauman brought forward an item that would allow the City of Milwaukee to enter into a contract with an expert consultant, Jeffery Boothe, for the purpose of facilitating the next steps of the Milwaukee Streetcar project.

Milwaukee River Greenway Overlay Zone Approved by City Plan Commission

Milwaukee River Greenway Overlay Zone Approved by City Plan Commission

At the May 3rd, 2010 City Plan Commission meeting the proposed Milwaukee River Greenway Overlay District was brought for the commission for approval. This overlay district would impact 370 properties, these are properties that property lines are within approximately 50 feet of the river bluff, of which 70 to 80% is existing parkland.

The Moderne Gains Common Council Approval for City Loans

The Moderne Gains Common Council Approval for City Loans

The Moderne development received approval for $9.3 millions in loans from the City of Milwaukee that led developer Rick Barrett had been seeking.

Recall?  I don’t think so.

Recall? I don’t think so.

It seems every month there is another recall proposed.

Common Council Creates Streetcar Committee

Common Council Creates Streetcar Committee

The proposed snow and ice fee increase, the furloughs, the possible use of eminent domain for economic development, and the formation of a streetcar committee were topics of interest at this Common Council meeting.

Downer Avenue Development Project Heats Up Again

Downer Avenue Development Project Heats Up Again

This past Monday night a public meeting was held to discuss possible streetscape improvements to Downer Avenue.

Contentious M.O.R.E Debate Continues

Contentious M.O.R.E Debate Continues

The controversial M.O.R.E ordinance was the primary item of discussion at this meeting of the Common Council.  This ordinance proposed new requirements related to hiring City of Milwaukee residents, the utilization of emerging small businesses, and the paying of prevailing wages for all City of Milwaukee projects and private developments that receive $1 million or […]

M.O.R.E. Ordinance Approved by Committee

M.O.R.E. Ordinance Approved by Committee

The Milwaukee Opportunities for Restoring Employment ordinance was the primary reason behind this special meeting of the Community & Economic Development Committee.  The ordinance intends to increase the required percentage of City of Milwaukee residents hired to work on city projects and development projects receiving more than $1 million in TIF assistance.  Additionally it mandated […]

Neighborhood Group Pushes Chapter 17

Neighborhood Group Pushes Chapter 17

Although only a few development projects were on this commission meeting’s agenda the most insightful item was the presentation of the UWM Neighborhood Plan by the Universities Neighborhoods Association (UNA).  Jeffrey Jordan presented the groups findings and laid out a few neighborhood issues.  The group wants UWM to acknowledge that the “sudden growth of the […]

Committee Plans to Lobby UWM to Expand Downtown

Committee Plans to Lobby UWM to Expand Downtown

In April 2008 Alderman D'Amato, as one of his last acts in office, brought forward a resolution that stated the City of Milwaukee's position that the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee should locate its College of Engineering and Applied Science, as well asUWM's other satellite campuses, within the City of Milwaukee.

New Land Enterprises’ Kenilworth Apartment Development Informational Meeting

New Land Enterprises’ Kenilworth Apartment Development Informational Meeting

A meeting was held to discuss New Land Enterprises proposed apartment building for the corner of Kenilworth and Farwell.

East Side Apartment Proposal Held by Committee

East Side Apartment Proposal Held by Committee

New Land Enterprises was before the committee requesting a change in zoning to construct a 5-story apartment building to be located on North Farwell Avenue and East Kenilworth.

UWM Dorm Traffic, Transit & Parking Plan

UWM Dorm Traffic, Transit & Parking Plan

This was the third of four meetings being held to discuss Mandel Group's proposed UWM resident hall that would be located on the former Hometown gas station site.

Committee Requests Federal Government Not Re-certify SEWRPC

Committee Requests Federal Government Not Re-certify SEWRPC

Alderman Bauman lead the efforts to bring forward a resolution that would have the City of Milwaukee request that Milwaukee County withdraw from the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission ("SEWRPC").

Combined Committee Approves 26-story Tower

Combined Committee Approves 26-story Tower

This meeting was the much anticipated combined City Plan Commission ("CPC") and Historic Preservation Commission ("HPC") meeting regarding New Land Enterprises' development proposal for the Goll Mansion site.

UWM Dorm Site Faces Little Opposition

UWM Dorm Site Faces Little Opposition

Last Thursday night, residents of Milwaukee's lower east side gathered at Holy Rosary Church to discuss the final of three proposals selected by the UWM Real Estate Foundation. The meeting began much like the two previous had, with the developer (Phelan Development) making a presentation on the plan, followed by a short bit by the architect (Jim Shields in this case), and representatives from UWM talking over some basic logistics and facts. After which Vice Chancellor for University Relations and Communications Tom Luljak straps on his bullet proof vest, and questions from the audience are allowed.

UWM Faces Slight Opposition

UWM Faces Slight Opposition

This meeting was appropriately held at the Urban Ecology Center. It was appropriate because one of the key opposition concerns around the Hometown site was its location along the Milwaukee River. Although the location was different many of the same citizens were attendance.

Hot Meeting About Potential UWM Dorm Site

Hot Meeting About Potential UWM Dorm Site

The Maryland Avenue School played host to a tension-filled meeting to discuss one of three proposals for the location of the new UWM dorm. The proposal on the table was the nearby Prospect Mall parking lot location proposed by Boulder Ventures.

UWM Dorm is a Hot Topic Among 3rd District Neighbors

UWM Dorm is a Hot Topic Among 3rd District Neighbors

On July 29th a meeting of 3rd district residents was held to discuss the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's ("UWM") recent Request for Proposal ("RFP") to build a new student dorm with 500 to 700 beds.

27-Story Tower on Prospect Faces Opposition – But Why?

27-Story Tower on Prospect Faces Opposition – But Why?

This plan would add $60 million to the City of Milwaukee's tax base, enhance the skyline, bring new residents to the city and save the Goll Mansion.

Committtee Votes to Freeze Funds for WestPointe Commons

Committtee Votes to Freeze Funds for WestPointe Commons

The final two appointees to Business Improvement District #41 (Downer Ave.) were approved by committee today. Andie Zacher and Brett Grasse were added to the newly expanded board bring the total to seven members. Brett Grass from Lighthouse Development expressed that he has a “vested interest in the shopping district staying vibrant” and that his […]

Common Council Expands BID Board

Common Council Expands BID Board

To begin the proceedings Don Smiley the CEO of Summerfest gave a presentation regarding this year’s Summerfest during which he pointed out two items of interest. First, they have demolished the Harley Davidson Roadhouse and constructed a new stage that will open on June 26th. They’ve opened up that stage to the lakeside and created […]

Committtee Approves North End’s Job Training Plan

Committtee Approves North End’s Job Training Plan

Dick Lincoln from the Mandel Group presented resolution 071618 which is the job training program portion of The North End development that receives funding from TIF No. 48. He explained that it would be “a little bit different than traditional workforce development” in that in focuses more on mentoring and coaching of emerging businesses to […]

Nik Kovac Getting First Test From Riverwest Resident Group

Nik Kovac Getting First Test From Riverwest Resident Group

The Riverwest Neighborhood Association is going to test Alderman Nik Kovac early in his term.

Dump Kovac Before He Gets Started

Dump Kovac Before He Gets Started

100_5801 Originally uploaded by RNA Official Photo Site Dan Knauss wrote up an excellent analysis of the 3rd District Alderman race, which after the primary is down to Patrick Flaherty and Nik Kovac. If you’re a 3rd district resident or interested in Milwaukee politics, Dan’s article is definitely worth your time to read. Vote Patrick […]