City Holding Streetcar Planning Meetings Saturday
Meetings will focus on future plans for Walker's Point, Bronzeville
Construction on the 2.5-mile long starter route for the Milwaukee Streetcar is underway across Downtown, but city is already thinking about future growth. The Department of City Development will hold four workshops Saturday to discuss future extensions of the route in Walker’s Point and Bronzeville. Those meetings will focus on the potential of the extensions to better connect residents to downtown jobs and maximize positive impacts on the areas, while respecting and maintaining the neighborhoods’ character. Residents and area stakeholders are invited to give their input as part of the process.
In October 2016, Urban Milwaukee broke the news that the city had received a $750,000 grant from the Federal Transit Administration to study transit-oriented development along two future extensions of the route. These workshops are a step in that planning process and will help city planners draft modifications to the zoning code and plans for streetscaping, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. The city is also examining strategies to avoid displacement of existing residents if new development does occur.
A press release from the city notes that each session will include a presentation, discussion and neighborhood tour. The city is leading the workshops in partnership with King Drive Business Improvement District, the Walker’s Point Association, and the Harbor District. The city has hired Skidmore, Owings and Merrill to help facilitate the study.
To date the concept of transit-oriented development locally has been illustrated by projects like The Couture, which will have a streetcar and bus rapid transit station in the first floor of the building, but TOD is often not that literal. Successful TOD strategies include aligning zoning and design standards along a transit corridor, finding synergies with other public investments along the route, as well as maximizing the development of land nearest transit stops and stations.
Looking for more information? The planning effort has a website, MovingMKEForward.com.
The Milwaukee Streetcar project, now known as The Hop, is scheduled to begin operation in the fall of 2018. An extension to the lakefront is schedule to begin in late 2019. The $128 million starter system is being funded in part by $68 million in federal grants. A 12-year, $10 million sponsorship commitment from Potwatomi Hotel & Casino was announced in recent weeks, which coupled with a federal operating grant, will keep the project from having a direct impact on the city budget until at least 2021.
Locations and Times
739 South 2nd Street
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
On the Bayou
2053 N. Martin Luther King Dr.
1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The city recently applied for a $20 million federal grant to support the engineering and construction of an extension to the new arena being constructed at N. 4th St. and W. Juneau Ave. The Common Council approved a financing plan in 2016, contingent on a federal grant, to extend the streetcar from the Milwaukee Intermodal Station to the arena. This is the second time the city has applied for a grant for the line. Additional financing for the extension would come from a tax-incremental financing district planned for a convention center-related development at N. 4th St. and W. Wisconsin Ave.
The city applied multiple times for a federal grant to extend the system to The Couture. Milwaukee was ultimately successful in securing the grant in 2014.
4th Street Extension Renderings and Plans
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For more project details, including the project timeline, financing, route and possible extensions, see our extensive past coverage.
- Transportation: First Streetcar Smart Kiosks Installed - Jeramey Jannene - Apr 3rd, 2021
- Plats and Parcels: Lakefront Streetcar Extension Scheduled for June 2022 Opening - Jeramey Jannene - Dec 6th, 2020
- Transportation: Should Milwaukee Stop The Hop? - Jeramey Jannene - Oct 13th, 2020
- Transportation: The Hop Now Wears a Mask - Jeramey Jannene - Aug 18th, 2020
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Is A Couture Deal Finally Coming? - Jeramey Jannene - May 13th, 2020
- Transportation: SUV Driver Runs Into The Hop - Jeramey Jannene - Feb 28th, 2020
- Transportation: Streetcar Kiosks Could Bring In $500,000 Annually - Jeramey Jannene - Feb 20th, 2020
- Thanks A Million, Hop Riders! - The Hop - Feb 19th, 2020
- Transportation: We Energies Will Sponsor Streetcar - Jeramey Jannene - Feb 10th, 2020
- Transportation: Streetcar Ridership Up in January Versus 2019 - Jeramey Jannene - Feb 7th, 2020
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