Northeast Side Area Plan Held at Committee
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The Northeast Side Area Plan which will lay out the vision and guidelines for development within this a large portion of the city was brought forward for approval. ‘
Alderman Bob Bauman
proposed two amendments both of which impacted the location of future University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee expansions. One amendment would of made it part of the plan that the City of Milwaukee wouldn’t support construction of new UWM dormitories on the East Side with the possible exception of the former Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital site. The other amendment would suggest that UWM build future dormitories in downtown Milwaukee. Alderman Bauman added that “they should re-double their efforts to locate these dormitories in the central business district”. Alderman Tony Zielinski
felt the plan didn’t included enough of the proposed Milwaukee River Overlay District, saying that “I was hoping to see something more concrete”. Further discussion explained that the plan included a high level summary of the overlay district and that the specifics are still being worked out between property owners and neighborhood residents. This file was held to allow for more discussion regarding the possible amendments and to add additional content to the Bronzeville section of the plan.
Also of note was Neighborhood House’s appeal of the Historic Preservation Commission’s denial of approval to demolish a pre-1850’s home in the Historic Concordia neighborhood. Neighborhood House had purchased the house to add parking spots and build a bus turnaround. Numerous community members spoke out in opposition to this proposal and the committee seem to recognize their concerns. Alderman Wade stated that “I’m probably not looked at as a friend of the historic preservation folks, historically” but went on to explain that he was glad to be on their side on this issue in this case. Other committee members indicated they were swayed by the citizen reaction and felt there were other options that could be explored to facilitate the bus. This resolution was denied.