Church Will Replace RedLine Gallery
Christ Church plans to buy Haymarket building.
An art gallery is slated to become a church.
But that’s just the latest change for a 105-year-old building in Milwaukee’s Haymarket neighborhood.
RedLine, an art gallery and studio space, opened in the building in 2009. Created by Steve Vande Zande and Lori Bauman, the nonprofit became an incubator for Milwaukee’s arts community. But the gallery closed its doors in 2019.
Christ Church Milwaukee plans to purchase the building and establish it as a permanent home.
“We are a church that’s about seven years old and we have been somewhat nomadic in our first few years,” said pastor Jon Talley to members of the City Plan Commission on Monday afternoon. “The biggest thing for us is a space for Sunday worship and gathering.”
Talley said it would also offer the space to other groups, including nearby schools, for events.
“Our hope is to really serve the city of Milwaukee well. It’s part of our mission statement,” he said.
The city is poised to rezone the property from its “industrial – light” designation to “industrial – mixed.”
The church would still need to receive a special use permit from the Board of Zoning Appeals for a religious assembly space, but without the zoning change it would not even be eligible for the permit.
Talley said the church considered another location in the Haymarket neighborhood, which he said is a good meeting spot between members across the area.
“We actually had looked at renting some space at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center before the pandemic and that didn’t really work out,” he said. The arts center held a groundbreaking in February on an expansion effort in its building located just north of Christ Church’s future home.
The property was purchased in an Internal Revenue Service auction by Milwaukee bar and restaurant owner R.C. Schmidt in 1987 for $87,000 and sold to a limited liability company connected to Bauman in 2008 for $480,000. RedLine engaged in a substantial redevelopment of the property prior to opening.
The church is an affiliate of the Presbyterian Church in America.
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