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CatalystMilwaukee.com

CatalystMilwaukee.com

In recent weeks Ghazi Co. has been building momentum for the Catalyst. They announced Big City Lanes as the first secured tenant. Afshin Ghazi spoke at the fifth annual Small Business Times Commercial Real Estate and Development Conference promoting both Catalyst and a return to the city. And today Catalyst took yet another positive step forward with the launch of CatalystMilwaukee.com. Hopefully this momentum is truly sustainable, so that one day the surface parking lot at 4th & Wisconsin will be Milwaukee’s newest entertainment district.

The Catalyst

The Catalyst

The Ghazi Company was all over the mainstream press this week with coverage of their updated plans for 4th & Wisconsin. Probably the biggest piece of news to come out of all these articles oddly is the project’s name, The Catalyst. Just like The Ghazi Company’s EpiCentre project in Uptown Charlotte, NC the name fits precisely. The potential impact of this project is catalytic due to its scale, the draw to the neighborhood of new residents and new customers, and its ability to raise the level of the neighborhood. Further it will be of value to the convention center by assisting in drawing bigger events as it adds new amenities and additional hotel rooms to the area. Missing from the news reports but also of note is that Afshin Ghazi, president of the The Ghazi Company, will be speaking at the 5th Annual Small Business Times Commercial Real Estate & Development Conference on November 8, 2007, where I’m sure we’ll hear more on The Catalyst project. Once this project gets under way I’ll be photographing their progress and posting them on flickr, but if you’d like to see what The Ghazi Company is doing in Charlotte, NC right now, take a look at their construction cam, my flickr set or Eric Bahr‘s photos. Articles Ambitious Downtown Construction Project Could Begin In Spring Project could get quick start Wisconsin Avenue hotel, retail project takes step forward