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Our Bay View: Values, Voices and Visions for the Future

Community organizations join together to hold conference on the future of development in Bay View

By - Oct 13th, 2015 05:45 pm
Rendering of Dwell Apartments

Rendering of Dwell Apartments

Bay View, Milwaukee—The Kinnickinnic Business Improvement District, Bay View Neighborhood Association, and Bay View Historical Society have come together to present the first ever Bay View Visioning Conference. Bay View is a passionate and unique community, and this event has been organized in light of recent confusion and controversy regarding iconic neighborhood buildings such as the old Faust Music Center, At Random, the Hide House and the former Sweet Water buildings. The goal of the conference is to provide deeper insight into the development process as well as to answer neighborhood concerns about the past, present and potential impacts of property development in Bay View.

  • Panel 1: Development – How does it work, who does it impact and why do we need it?
    A developer, architect and media member take us into the world of development, offering insight into the goals and repercussions of neighborhood development.

Speakers: Randall Roth – Endeavor Corp., Inc.; Michael Horne, Urban Milwaukee; Joel Agacki, Streigel Agaki Studio

  • Panel 2: City Planning and the South East Milwaukee Plan
    In October of 2008, the City of Milwaukee collaborated with residents of individual neighborhoods, including Bay View, to create an overall plan for Milwaukee’s development. Hear from city representatives and neighborhood collaborators on how the plan was created.

Speakers: TBA

  • Panel 3: Historicity – The Elastic Development of Bay View’s Identity
    Hear from esteemed members of the Bay View Historical Society and long-time resident, property and business owner, Joan Sliker, as they reflect on the trends in culture and development that have occurred and are occurring in Bay View. Where will the future take us?

Speakers: John Gurda, Historian and Author of The Making of Milwaukee; Joan Sliker, Cream City Real Estate; Ron Winkler, Bay View Historical Society

“We hope that participants will be engaged and informed by the discussion panels such that our community can begin the dialogue of what the future of Bay View looks like from many different perspectives.”
Nichole Williams, Bay View Neighborhood Association, President

“…It’s time to unite our local community as we expand our vision and connections. Fortunately, Bay View is rich with history of community values, focus and change…so further education and conversation about the future impassions our purpose, actions and engagement for the next generation.”
Susan Ballje, Bay View Historical Society, President

“It is critical to the future of Bay View that there is great communication concerning all of the changes which will inevitably occur there. This conference is a very important step to creating that dialogue and showing transparency in development. I encourage everyone who cares about the future of this wonderful neighborhood to make a point of attending the conference.”
Lee Barczak, Kinnickinnic Business Improvement District

All are welcome at this free event, and the Bay View Visioning Conference will run from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. on November 10th at Parkside School for the Arts (formely Fritsche)—2969 S Howell Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53207—in the auditorium.

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