Janitors urge redevelopment authority to reject loan to rich, irresponsible developer
Janitors today at the meeting of the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee (RACM) will urge that the authority reject a request for a million dollar loan from developer Stewart Wangard.
Wangard has requested the loan for brownfield cleanup in an approved Park East Square luxury apartment development. But the janitors and their union, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1, say that the wealthy Wangard doesn’t need the loan and that his actions in the downtown employment market should bar him from public subsidy.
“Wangard has caused too much pain in the commercial cleaning industry for him to be given a spot at the public trough,” said Pete Hanrahan, Vice President of Local 1.
SEIU contends that the brownfield fund would be better used to clean up any one of the 143 other brownfield sites listed online by Department of City Development (source: DCD environmental tax delinquent DNA list).
The janitors will contest Wangard’s loan application today at the RACM meeting, 1:30 PM, first floor boardroom of DCD, 809 North Broadway
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RACM meets at 1:30 PM on Thursday to decide whether or not to approve a $1 million brownfield remediation loan request from building owner/developer Stewart Wangard of Wangard Partners.