Jeramey Jannene
Eyes on Milwaukee

Bucks Unveil Old World Third St. Bar

Live Block plans updated to include 2,045-square-foot building alongside beer garden.

By - May 8th, 2018 09:54 am
Updated Live Block Connector Plan. Rendering by Rinka Chung Architecture.

Updated Live Block Connector Plan. Rendering by Rinka Chung Architecture.

While it’s now well under construction, the Milwaukee BucksLive Block” entertainment district continues to live up to its name. Team representatives presented plans to the City Plan Commission Monday to replace a planned outdoor bar with a permanent building on the connecting lot that links the entertainment complex and arena with the row of bars and restaurants on N. Old World Third St.

The 2,045-square-foot, two-tenant building would be geared towards food and beverage tenants.

The connecting lot, located at 1129-1135 N. Old World Third St., is directly in-between two taverns, Ugly’s Pub and The Loaded Slate.

Rinka Chung Architecture associate principal Steve Morales presented the plans to the City Plan Commission Tuesday afternoon. “When we brought this to you previously, we always hoped that there would be a building there,” Morales told the commission. He said plans have proceeded faster than expected and the team’s real estate affiliate is now ready to commit to building a permanent structure on the north side of the lot.

The extensive lighting system and trellis structure proposed in November are still included in the new plan. As was true with the original plan for the connector, visitors to the arena from Old World Third St. will be able to walk straight west through the site to the new arena’s front door.

Morales, who said the building is known internally as Building D, said “we obviously didn’t want to ignore the fabric that we’re going into.” With that in mind, the height of the planned one-story building has been pushed upward to 22 feet to better connect with the two nearby buildings. The design of the building is similar to that of the other Live Block buildings, which we have previously called a “slam dunk.”

But who will occupy the building? “The tenants are not yet finalized,” Morales said. The Bucks have also not announced tenants for the rest of the entertainment center, although the first two buildings are now well under construction.

Regardless of who the tenants are, commissioner Patricia Najera pushed Morales to explore internal connections between the two spaces. As an example, she said the internal door between Boswell Books and Starbucks on N. Downer Ave. has successfully helped activate the two businesses.

On an earlier arena tour, Bucks president Peter Feigin said that the team’s intention for the Live Block complex as it relates to neighboring business owners is to be a rising tide that lifts all boats.

The Live Block project is being led by local real estate developer and consultant Blair Williams.

The team owns another connecting lot south of Ugly’s Pub at 1117-1123 N. Old World St. that will remain as a surface parking lot for the time being. The November zoning proposal submitted by the Bucks hints at a similar future use, stating: “In a future phase, buildings are being considered for construction on the parcels.” The Bucks acquired the lots in advance of the arena complex’s construction.

The arena, which according to team owner Wes Edens has a pending naming rights deal, is scheduled to open in late summer. The Live Block will open in 2019.


Earlier Connector Renderings and Site Plans

Live Block Plans

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5 thoughts on “Eyes on Milwaukee: Bucks Unveil Old World Third St. Bar”

  1. michael says:

    This project is getting the scale about right. I am happy that they aren’t trying to build the mall of america there, but instead are focusing on just a handful of tenants. The fact that they are putting serious consideration into how the stadium interfaces within the neighborhood setting is promising and proof of how far things have come in 30 years. From the perspective of downtown vitality, it should be a significant improvement over the bradley center.

  2. MidnightSon says:

    Great renderings. Would be cool if they can figure out how to keep this space active in the winter with space heaters, perhaps some sort of open-air “roof,” etc.

  3. 2fs says:

    So are these developments part of what we all paid for?

    Because one argument in favor of using tax dollars for the arena—rather than, say, having some billionaires who expect to make enormous profits from it pay for it—is the claim that it will lead to business expansion in the area: bars, restaurants, etc.

    But, of course, if you’ve got some bars and restaurants effectively subsidized by tax dollars, that puts them at rather a competitive advantage over other businesses without such benefit.

    Which is to say: any knockoff benefit beyond the tax dollars has been eliminated.

  4. DAG999 says:

    I am surprised The LOADED SLATE wasn’t sold/bought out when The MODERNE was being built. How they worked around it, sank piles, and then raised the building next to it is amazing.

  5. gary says:

    That 2 blocks of “N. Old World 3rd St.” has been looking even more rundown in the last couple of years with just a few exceptions. The southern end’s architectural anchor now sports a familiar gap-toothed retail space – the old “Kousins” German sandwich shop. It would be a long overdue relief to have the entire stretch Disneyfied to live up to the tired German Milwaukee hype. (The asphalt repairs to ye olde pedestrian fake cobblestone crossings don’t cut it anymore; never did.)

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