Development Committee Hears Southeast Side Area Plan
The Southeast Side Area Comprehensive Plan was presented for approval by the Department of City Development. It included site specific recommendations for each district based on smart growth principals such as promoting dense mixed use projects that preserve the unique character and qualities of the neighborhood. District plans were laid out for the Port of Milwaukee District, Kinnickinnic River District, Bay View District, South of Morgan, General Mitchell International Airport, Airport Gateway Area and the Airport Neighborhoods. Additionally catalytic projects, three of which are highlighted below, were presented that if completed would spark new development and increase the urban character of an area.
- Layton and Howell Avenue Site. A town center, similar to Bayshore Town Center, was suggested for this location in part because of the significant under utilization of the area.
- The Former Army Reserve Site on Bay Street. This site was originally looked at as a possible transit oriented development location in connection with the KRM study. The concept has evolved and now is the site of the proposed Solar Village. Two versions of the Solar Village concept were presented with the first proposal containing mostly townhomes while the second proposal suggested two mid-rise buildings on the edge of the site with greenspace in the middle. Of note was that the two designs showed dramatically different arrangements and massing but actually proposed the same density.
- 1st Street and Lincoln Site – It was proposed that this site consist of an urban infill project with mixed use development.
During the Department of City Development’s presentation of the 2007 TIF Annual Report a couple of items that stood out. First, as recently reported, the Aloft Hotel project would be receiving construction financing this week. Second, the troubled First Place on the River development has issued 79 occupancy permits which should fill approximately half of the units in the development. Finally, it was pointed out that TIF activity has been lower than previous years but that a few projects would be brought forward soon.
The other items of interest were the change of zoning requests for O. C. Hansen Development’s proposed office building at 331 and 341 North Milwaukee Street. As these items were declared obsolete and then placed on file, it appears that this project will not be moving forward.