Parklet Coming to the Third Ward
Club Charlie's will reclaim loading zone and use it for cafe seating.
The city’s next parklet will soon open in the Third Ward.
Parklets, for the uninitiated, are created by converting parking spots into more highly utilized space such as new green space, cafe seating, or even on-street bike corrals. The idea of reclaiming parking spaces and using them for active uses started in 2005 when the group REBAR, from San Francisco, built a small park in what had been a parking spot. Since that time parklets have spread to cities around the globe, and now cities are implementing policies to allow for and encourage a variety of non-auto uses for former parking spots.
In May, 2011 Colectivo, formerly Alterra, started Milwaukee down the road of converting underutilized street space into more productive uses when they converted a loading zone into on-street bike parking for 20 bicycles at its Prospect Ave. location, effectively creating a 20-fold increase in parking for that cafe. The Nomad and Cafe Hollander followed shortly thereafter by opening the second and third on-street bike parking installations in the city.
And this past week, the platform arrived for the city’s latest parklet, soon opening at Club Charlies, 320 E. Menomonee St. in the Third Ward. It will take the place of a loading zone in front of the establishment and provides a simple, cost effective way for Club Charlies to add additional cafe seating and the grow the business.
More Apartments for Walker’s Point
On April 22nd, Tom Daykin, of the Journal Sentinel, reported that “LCM Funds 29 Oregon LLC, a group led by investor David Winograd, bought an 82,500-square-foot warehouse, at 221 E. Oregon St., for $2.3 million, according to state real estate records.”
And today, P2 Development Company LLC, the general contractor, has started converting the five-story, 85,200-square-foot warehouse building into luxury apartments. When finished the apartment building will be known as Oregon at South Water Works, and should open in early 2015.
- Development along the E. North Ave. corridor looks to continue this year, as Sean Ryan, of the Business Journal reported: Mercy Housing Lakefront “received $652,500 in tax credits for that project’s first phase of 53 apartments, eight of which would be market-rate.”
- The long overdue rebuild of the Milwaukee Intermodal Station’s train shed might finally get underway as C.D. Smith is requesting BIDs for subcontractors and suppliers for the project.
- Despite neighborhood opposition delaying if not killing the recent Dover Street School redevelopment project, development interest remains high in Bay View. There will be a neighborhood meeting on Wednesday, May 21st at 6:30 p.m. at Studio Lounge, 2202 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., to hear about the latest project: Dermond Property Investments’s plan for a 72-unit mixed-use building for the corner of S. Kinnickinnic Avenue and & Ward Street on the former Faust Music site, 2202 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.