Jeramey Jannene
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bay View Land Gets Protection

Council approves purchasing, protecting Bay View land near Lake Parkway.

By - Mar 28th, 2017 11:40 am
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1314 E. Conway St. Image from Google Maps.

1314 E. Conway St. Image from Google Maps.

Bay View is about to get a new park, sort of. Under a deal negotiated between the city and Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the Port of Milwaukee will acquire a currently-vacant, 2.69 acre parcel at the northeast corner of the south side neighborhood.

Terms of the sale prevent the development of the property with any permanent structures or the placement of any billboards. A deed restriction also insures the property must be open to the public in perpetuity. The property won’t officially become a park, at least not yet, but will continue to be open to the public.

The city-owned Port of Milwaukee will acquire the large Bay View parcel for the bargain price of $425. The property is addressed as 1314 E. Conway St. and is bounded by S. Carferry Dr., the Lake Parkway (Wisconsin Highway 794), E. Conway St. and the United States Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center at 2401 S. Lincoln Memorial Dr.

Area alderman Tony Zielinski told Urban Milwaukee that “unfortunately, with the changes in Madison they were going to sell it on the open market.” Zielinski said that since there was no other entity available to purchase and preserve the land, he helped ensure the city stepped in and did so. The council unanimously endorsed the purchase.

Dave Misky, assistant executive director of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, presented the deal to the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee last week. Misky told the committee the DNR is seeking to sell the property as part of a state mandate to reduce state-owned land.

At last week’s hearing, committee chair and alderman Jim Bohl suggested the port should investigate using native prairie grasses similar to those found at Hartung Park and Three Bridges Park in order to reduce the need to mow the facility and to mitigate any environmental impacts.

The DNR has only owned the land for 11 years. It was transferred to the DNR in 2006 by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation to be used as a wildlife habitat. According to a city report the property has been open space since the construction of Interstate 794 and the Hoan Bridge in the 1970s.

2 thoughts on “Eyes on Milwaukee: Bay View Land Gets Protection”

  1. Casey says:

    I used to draw mock streets that would connect St Clair, Wentworth and Superior to Car Ferry and Potter to Lincoln Memorial. Would’ve been nice to see this developed.

    Personally I planned row houses with corner retail.

  2. Virginia says:

    A win-win all around.

    Three acres is a good-sized bit of neighborhood green space.

    The DNR conducted a transparent public process about properties it considered unloading.

    City officials wisely jumped on the chance for a beneficial transfer of public land.

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