Graham Kilmer
Plats and Parcels

Youth Correctional Center Planned for North Side

State facility at 6600 N. Teutonia would replace troubled Lincoln Hills center.

By - Mar 18th, 2019 08:33 am
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Lincoln Hills School and Copper Lake School. Photo from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Lincoln Hills School and Copper Lake School. Photo from the Wisconsin Department of Corrections.

Gov. Tony Evers announced this week that one of the state’s new juvenile correction centers will be on city-owned land located at the intersection of N. Teutonia Ave. and W. Mill Rd. on Milwaukee’s north side.

This center, which could house up to 32 serious juvenile offenders, is one of two planned by the state to replace the troubled Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake facilities. Counties will also be responsible for creating new lockup facilities. A planning process is underway in Milwaukee.

BizTimes reporter Lauren Anderson quoted the secretary-designee for the Department of Corrections, Kevin Carr, saying, “Research shows that children in incarceration make significant strides toward positive change when they are closer to their communities and loved ones. I look forward to working with the grant committee and Wisconsin counties to develop a network of local opportunities to support our youth.” 65 percent of the children at Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake are from Milwaukee.

But the decision drew ire from the surrounding community. Anderson reported on a community meeting where local residents were concerned over the lack of community input. She quoted area alderman and Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton saying: “Don’t you dare make a decision about where these facilities need to go without engaging the people who are going to be affected.”

The site at 6600 N. Teutonia Ave. has the support of Mayor Tom Barrett, who favors it over a proposed facility at 7301 W. Mill Rd. near Direct Supply‘s corporate headquarters.

Nomad World Pub Building Sold

The owner of Nomad World Pub sold the bar’s building at 1401 E. Brady St., but don’t worry, the pub will remain.

The building, assessed at $339,000, and two neighboring properties were sold to Gnome Brady LLC based in Chicago for $1.75 million, Alex Zank reported in BizTimes. The owner of Nomad, Mike Eitel, has worked out a 30-year lease with the new owner.

21 Acres in St. Francis Sold to Local Investors

Chief Oil Distributing Co., a firm owned by a man that operates a number of gas stations and convenience stores in Milwaukee, recently purchased 21.5 acres in St. Francis along the lakefront.

This land is ripe for a large development. City of St. Francis planning documents suggest a hotel or convention center could go there, Tom Daykin reported in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. The new owner, Ajit “Jay” Walia, is considering developing corporate offices, Daykin was told by Kurt Van Dyke, senior vice president of Barry Co., who brokered the real estate deal for the land.

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