City Preparing Menomonee Valley Site For Development
Three buildings could be built on Kneeland Properties site.
A virtually hidden Menomonee Valley site could soon see new life under a federal grant.
“There has been a lot of interest in this area,” said RACM project manager Benjamin Timm to the agency’s board on March 17. “The city would put in the infrastructure and we would sell the property to the private sector.”
A conceptual plan envisions space for three buildings, with a parking lot under the part covered by the freeway.
The American Rescue Plan Act changed the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration grant program from a 50/50 match, to an 80/20 split, making it more desirable for the city. In order to access the $3.2 million grant, the city and its partners would need to provide $800,000.
It was identified as a catalytic site in both the 1998 and 2015 Menomonee Valley plans and is one of the largest remaining sites in the valley.
Most recently it was used as a staging area during the construction of the Marquette Interchange. It’s historically also used for a coal yard and lumber storage site. For a period the city stored towed vehicles on a portion of the site.
Even before the freeway began running above the middle of the site, it was difficult to access given its location between railroad tracks and a river.
It is technically three parcels today. There’s the eight-acre 260 N. 12th St. on the west side, the five-acre 907 W. Hinman St. under the freeway and the two-acre 825 W. Hinman St. on the east. But you won’t find “Hinman St” on a street sign in Milwaukee anymore. It was erased with the construction of the Marquette Interchange.
WisDOT owns the site under the freeway and RACM owns the other two parcels.
A small, curbless road currently runs just to the north of the site. It’s lightly used by trucks to access the business mail area at the rear of the Milwaukee Main Post Office facility several blocks to the east. A future street could connect with that and run through the base of the elevated mail sorting facility to N. Plankinton Ave.
The board unanimously approved seeking the grant.
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