City Seeks Near West Side Development
Vacant lot near Marquette campus could be developed for up to six townhomes.
The Department of City Development is looking for housing development proposals for a vacant lot on the city’s Near West Side.
“This lot is on a highly visible commercial corridor, close to downtown and Marquette University,” says DCD’s request for proposals.
A maximum of six units is allowed, with potential configurations of three duplexes or six townhouses. The developer would need to apply for any necessary zoning change.
Vinyl siding is prohibited and covered entrances must face W. State Street. The site includes 120 feet of street frontage and alley access.
The city, through the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee, acquired the W. State St. property for $53,400 in 1998 according to Assessor’s Office records. Historic aerial images show the site was cleared sometime between 1975 and 1981 as were many others nearby as part of a series of street widening and urban renewal schemes.
A number of apartment buildings owned by Marquette University, including fraternity and sorority houses, are located just southeast of the site. The construction of a new sorority house recently involved the relocation of a house to a site just west of the development site.
Proposals are due Sept. 30 by 3 p.m. A full copy of the RFP is available on Urban Milwaukee.
The Billboard Problem
Billboards have long been a vexing issue for redeveloping vacant land in the city.
A 2020 RFP for a site at 1136-1146 E. North Ave. yielded an affordable housing apartment building proposal. But the development team, at the time of approval, elected not to buy the adjoining site with a billboard that was included in an earlier development proposal.