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Joseph Zilber

Joseph Zilber (1917-2010) was the founder of Towne Realty (now Zilber Property Group).

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Friday Photos: Malt House Lofts Prepares To Open
Friday Photos

Malt House Lofts Prepares To Open

118-unit apartment building opening in The Brewery District once owned by Pabst.

Plats and Parcels: Rite-Hite May Move to Reed Street Yards
Plats and Parcels

Rite-Hite May Move to Reed Street Yards

Plus: Water leak delays BMO Tower, city exploring Plan B for former Schlitz tavern.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Brewery Celebrates Its Completion
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Brewery Celebrates Its Completion

New gateway tops off transformation from abandoned brewery to real neighborhood.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Quiet Plan to Save Grand Avenue
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Quiet Plan to Save Grand Avenue

Actually written 10 years ago. Civic leaders discuss how public private partnerships revived Downtown.

2019 MANDI Nominee: The Legacy of Susan Lloyd
2019 MANDI Nominee

The Legacy of Susan Lloyd

Retired Zilber Foundation leader oversaw $100 million investment in neighborhoods, still promotes social justice.

Zilber Initiative Helps Near South Side

Zilber Initiative Helps Near South Side

Home ownership, retail corridors revived in Silver City, two other neighborhoods.

Zilber Initiative Spurs Changes in Clarke Square

Zilber Initiative Spurs Changes in Clarke Square

Residents and leaders have seen better planning, positive changes.

Eyes on Milwaukee: No Studios Creative Hub Opens
Eyes on Milwaukee

No Studios Creative Hub Opens

Milwaukee's new artist hub opens today with weekend-long celebration.

How An Immigrants’ Son Changed the City

How An Immigrants’ Son Changed the City

Joe Zilber’s philanthropy is improving poor neighborhoods on north and south side.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Inside The 42
Eyes on Milwaukee

Inside The 42

Glass + Griddle restaurant, beer garden opening in time for motorcyclists to roll into town.

Pabst Mansion Opens Doors to Community For Free to Celebrate Anniversary
Press Release

Pabst Mansion Opens Doors to Community For Free to Celebrate Anniversary

Free admission day for the community on Sunday, July 29

Zilber Family Foundation Executive Director Susan Lloyd to Step Down
Press Release

Zilber Family Foundation Executive Director Susan Lloyd to Step Down

Gina Stilp Named Executive Director as of July 5

Friday Photos: The New Brewery
Friday Photos

The New Brewery

Historic brewery finds new life as urban neighborhood.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Preservation Park Opens Downtown
Eyes on Milwaukee

Preservation Park Opens Downtown

The new park, located in The Brewery, honors area's blue ribbon history.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Hyatt Place Hotel Tops Off
Eyes on Milwaukee

Hyatt Place Hotel Tops Off

Hotel will open near arena in July 2018.

NEWaukeean of the Week: Lisa Braun
NEWaukeean of the Week

Lisa Braun

"I’m proud to be born and raised in Milwaukee."

Eyes on Milwaukee: MKE Brewing Co. Celebrates New Brewery
Eyes on Milwaukee

MKE Brewing Co. Celebrates New Brewery

Breaks ground on new brewery with twice the capacity and rooftop beer garden.

UWM’S Zilber School of Public Health attains national accreditation
Press Release

UWM’S Zilber School of Public Health attains national accreditation

It is the first accredited school of public health in Wisconsin.

Plenty of Horne: Two Tall Men Duel Over Schools
Plenty of Horne

Two Tall Men Duel Over Schools

Evers and Holtz square off in superintendent's race; sparks fly both ways.

Friday Photos: Church Becoming Brewery
Friday Photos

Church Becoming Brewery

Pabst coming back to where it all began.

Historic 1927 Riverside Chairs up for Auction
Press Release

Historic 1927 Riverside Chairs up for Auction

100% Proceeds Go to MKE's Animals in Need

NNS Announces Membership Program

NNS Announces Membership Program

Unique hyper-local publication seeks support from individual readers and fans.

Plenty of Horne: New Era for Riverside Theater
Plenty of Horne

New Era for Riverside Theater

Cool new retro marquee unveiled. And an ongoing project will upgrade the entire theater.

City Streets: Highland Was Known as “Sauerkraut Boulevard”
City Streets

Highland Was Known as “Sauerkraut Boulevard”

It was also Johnson St. and Prairie St. before its name changed.

Zilber Ltd. & Pabst Theater Group Announce Major Public Investment
Press Release

Zilber Ltd. & Pabst Theater Group Announce Major Public Investment

New Marquee + 40-Foot Tall Vertical coming to West Wisconsin Ave

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Return of Pabst Brewing
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Return of Pabst Brewing

The city's famed beer maker, long absent from Milwaukee, will return to the Pabst Brewery complex.

Plenty of Horne: Celebrating the Life of Paul Jakubovich
Plenty of Horne

Celebrating the Life of Paul Jakubovich

A host of notables gathered to salute Jakubovich and the fabulous historic architecture of Milwaukee he helped protect.

Friday Photos: The Brewery’s 100-Unit Frederick Lofts
Friday Photos

The Brewery’s 100-Unit Frederick Lofts

Photos of this major residential project, another addition to a virtual mini-city replacing the old Pabst Brewery.

Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address
Press Release

Mayor Tom Barrett’s 2014 State of the City Address

Milwaukee February 24, 2014 As Prepared for Delivery

Remembering Donna Schlieman, Historic Preservationist

Remembering Donna Schlieman, Historic Preservationist

A longtime leader with Milwaukee Preservation Alliance, who helped defeat the Pabst City proposal, died on Friday.

City People: Dan Adams
City People

Dan Adams

How a former Peace Corps worker became a neighborhood organizer on the South Side.

House Confidential: Gregory Thornton’s Urban Apartment
House Confidential

Gregory Thornton’s Urban Apartment

He's got a place in the 23 story Prospect Towers, but is it named after Armstrong, Ellington or maybe Billie Holiday?

We Want to Save the Warner

We Want to Save the Warner

A non-profit trust hopes to restore a classic downtown theater as a concert hall.

Zilber Family Foundation Announces Three-Year Grant to UNCOM
Press Release

Zilber Family Foundation Announces Three-Year Grant to UNCOM

The Zilber Family Foundation announced today that it had awarded a three-year grant in the amount of $600,000 to United Neighborhood Centers of Milwaukee.

A Spectacular Green Neighborhood is Brewing in Milwaukee

A Spectacular Green Neighborhood is Brewing in Milwaukee

Milwaukee’s newest trendy neighborhood is likely to become one of its best, and almost certainly its greenest.

How Urban are Marquette, MIAD, MSOE, and UWM?

How Urban are Marquette, MIAD, MSOE, and UWM?

Milwaukee is lucky to have a number of higher education institutions in its most urban neighborhoods.

Photo Gallery: Zilber Park
Photo Gallery

Zilber Park

The recently opened Zilber Park is a functional, and useful shared feature of The Brewery project. This park might not strike many people as a park in the Milwaukee sense of the word, meaning it has lots of grass and trees, but this is a creatively designed urban park that respects its location and creates an outdoor space ready for activation.

Sydney Hih Nomination Held at Historic Preservation

Sydney Hih Nomination Held at Historic Preservation

This Historic Preservation Commission ("HPC") meeting included agenda items for the high profile projects, The Palomar, The Brewery and the Goll Mansion redevelopment.

Common Council Passes Vehicle Registration Fee

Common Council Passes Vehicle Registration Fee

Senator Russ Feingold presented his upcoming legislation which focuses on encouraging innovation, growth in small business, creating jobs in green energy, linking business with education and capitalizing on research in the fresh water science.  He received input into this legislation from local business leaders, Sheldon Lubar and Joseph Zilber, with the hope of finding solutions that can work nationally but also locally in southeast Wisconsin. The other item of note was the Common Council’s vote to override Mayor Tom Barrett‘s veto of the controversial $20 vehicle registration fee.  The override needed ten votes and received eleven so the vehicle registration fee will be enacted. The vehicle registration fee will eliminate assessments, which have averaged $2500 per household, related to road reconstruction projects within the City of Milwaukee.

Pabst Brewery Redevelopment Update

Pabst Brewery Redevelopment Update

Over the past couple of years I have followed the redevelopment of the former Pabst Brewery intently.

Pabst Office Redevelopment Moves Along

Pabst Office Redevelopment Moves Along

The Pabst Brewing Complex Originally uploaded by compujeramey Jim Haertel, president of Brew City Redevelopment Group LLC, is excited to finally see his dream coming to fruition. Haertel, who I’ve mentioned before owns a group of former Pabst brewery office buildings that are part of the complex that Joseph Zilber is redeveloping. Haertel is a name many in Milwaukee may remember as one of the leaders behind the original plans to turn the brewery in PabstCity, a nightlife and entertainment district. That plan ultimately died as a result of the Common Council not giving Wispark public money to develop the area, because of concerns of its long-term viability. Haertel was promised the Blue Ribbon Hall office buildings as part of the deal with his financing partner Wispark LLC. He was given the buildings by Wispark upon their sale of the complex to Zilber and his Brewery Project LLC, and just recently in December settled a lawsuit with Wispark. Terms of the settlement weren’t released, and I haven’t heard rumor of what they might be. Development is moving at a fast pace at the complex now (pictures coming soon). Fulfilling Haertel’s dream for the site, Blue Ribbon Hall and the surrounding office buildings will turn into the Museum of Beer and Brewing and Hofbrauhaus Milwaukee. Construction will begin next year, and everything will open in February of 2010. The reason for the delay? Haertel wants to wait for construction across Juneau Avenue to finish. The buildings just across the street (former keg houses) are being removed and replaced with a parking garage (more on that later). Personally, I’m excited about the long-term prospects for this area. I really think overall there are a lot of really good things going on over at The Brewery.  Early developments such as the Hofbrauhaus are going to set a great tone for the surrounding area developments still to come.

Higher Education Expanding in Downtown Milwaukee

Higher Education Expanding in Downtown Milwaukee

Both Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee have been working on multiple expansions within downtown Milwaukee. Marquette University has two major initiatives including the $100 million Discovery Learning Complex and the new Marquette University Law School. The Discovery Learning Complex will house the College of Engineering on recently acquired land at the 1600 block of West Wisconsin Avenue. This effort has received a series of large donations including $50 million from one family. Additionally Marquette University has received large gifts including $30 million from Joseph J. Zilber to support the development of the new Marquette University Law School at 13th and Clybourn. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee intends to open a new School of Public Health on land near the Brewery development. This initiative has received a $10 million gift from Joseph J. Zilber to push the project forward and insure it is developed downtown. These universities investment in downtown Milwaukee indicates a growing demand for higher education opportunities within the city. In apparent response to these expansion two new student housing developments have recently brought forward. First The Scion Group proposed and addition to 2040 Lofts that will have 100 rental units to be built on an existing surface parking lot to the north of 2040 Lofts. This project focuses on attracting Marquette students and building on the success of the existing 2040 Lofts. The second project announced by New Vision Development Co. is estimated at $75 million and it will be located at N. 6th and W. State streets. Although it will generally target MATC students, it will be open to students from Marquette University, Milwaukee School of Engineering and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as well. It is clear that as these universities continue to expand downtown they will continue to bring additional projects to downtown Milwaukee.

The Brewery Kickoff Video

The Brewery Kickoff Video

Old Machines Originally uploaded by compujeramey I was poking around The Brewery website after writing the last post on Mark Chmura and friends purchasing Building 14 and found that Towne Realty has released a video synopsis of the coverage surrounding the initial groundbreaking of the development. It’s a neat little video to watch about the start of the redevelopment project. NOTE: I suggest right-clicking and watching the video in full screen. The viewing size they give you is really small and has some annoying broken HTML surrounding it.

The Roundup: Jeff Stone Punk’d?
The Roundup

Jeff Stone Punk’d?

Seems like somebody is messing around with Rep. Jeff Stone's campaign identity.