Where the Bucks Want to Build
Photos of the land now and renderings of the development show how the area would change.
The Milwaukee Bucks and their design team are not only planning a brand new arena, but also a brand new, year-round entertainment district in the area where the BMO Harris Bradley Center is now located according to area renderings. The plans include a new arena, a 60,000 square foot public plaza, a new parking facility and a new practice facility. The plaza could feature bars, restaurants, a water wall, outdoor fire pits and could include a connection (some day) to the streetcar.
The Bucks owners have also talked about potentially building a hotel and office or residential development, but have released no detailed plans for this.
The proposed arena would be located between W. Juneau Ave, N. 4th St., W. Highland Ave. and N. 6th St. In addition, an entertainment complex would be built in the footprint of what is now the city’s 4th and Highland Parking Garage, a large, brown forgettable structure. The current BMO Harris Bradley Center would be torn down and the entire site would be redeveloped between W. Highland Ave., N. 4th St., W. State St. and N. 6th St.
Any auxiliary development that happens would go primarily in Park East land that is border by W. McKinley Ave., N. Old World Third St., W. Juneau Ave. and N. 6th St. The three vacant plots of land along W. Juneau Ave. are now vast stretches of grass and leftover concrete, with a population consisting of a few seagulls.
The block containing Turner Hall and its parking lots, the buildings along Old World 3rd Street, anything south of W. State Street, anything north of W. McKinley Ave. and anything east of N. 6th St. (including Milwaukee Area Technical College) will remain unchanged.
Our photos show what the area looks like now and renderings for the proposed development show how the area will change.