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State Grant Will Support 27th and Wisconsin Demolition

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By - May 3rd, 2020 04:16 pm
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Travis Building. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Travis Building. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

The effort to develop a new state office building on a full-block lot at the southwest corner of N. 27th St. and W. Wisconsin Ave. is taking another step forward.

The latest boost comes from the state itself. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is providing a city entity with a pass-through grant to support Near West Side Partners efforts to clear the 19-property site.

The city approved conceptual design plans for the new building, which would replace an aging downtown building, in February. The state has allocated money to buy the land, but not construct the new building.

The Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM) secured a $150,000 grant to help prepare the site from WEDC’s site assessment grant program. It’s the largest grant allowed under the program. But it’s far from what Near West Side Partners will ultimately need.

“The $150,000 is just a drop in the bucket,” said RACM assistant executive director Dave Misky in an interview with Urban Milwaukee. He estimated the Travis Building, the biggest building on the block, would require over $1 million to demolish on its own. A representative of NWSP estimated in 2018 the organization planned to spend $2.5 million clearing and remediating environmental issues at the site. It has already spent approximately $1.5 million acquiring the properties on the block.

Misky said environmental remediation work is exactly what the grant is intended for. “Poking holes in the ground, soil and water samples” are acceptable uses said Misky, as is demolition to enable that work. The city previously used the grant program to support the demolition of a problematic tobacco store a few blocks north on W. Kilbourn Ave.

NWSP is backed by the area’s anchor institutions including Marquette UniversityHarley-DavidsonMillerCoorsAurora Health Care and Potawatomi Business Development Corporation.

What happens if the state doesn’t move forward with the office building? NWSP executive director Keith Stanley has said the organization will pursue other catalytic development projects for the site. “Ultimately our goal is to ensure this site is prepared for an end user,” said Stanley in February.

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One thought on “Plats and Parcels: State Grant Will Support 27th and Wisconsin Demolition”

  1. Johnstanbul says:

    Option 3 of those state office buildings is aggressively the worst meaning that’s likely the one they’re going to go with.

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