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Wisconsin Center District Board Unanimously Passes Resolution Regarding Exposition Center Expansion

A broad estimate of the timeline for the project was also introduced.

By - Aug 16th, 2019 10:23 am
Wisconsin Center expansion rendering. Rendering by Populous.

Wisconsin Center expansion rendering. Rendering by Populous.

MILWAUKEE, WI – (August 16, 2019) – In a meeting this morning, the Board of the Wisconsin Center District (WCD) voted unanimously to pass a resolution regarding expansion of the Wisconsin Center. The resolution raises the cap on agreements which the President and CEO and Board Chairman are authorized to enter into, to $1 million.

“Today’s vote was critical in keeping the Wisconsin Center expansion project moving forward appropriately,” said Marty Brooks, President and CEO of the Wisconsin Center District. “The unanimous vote and positive discussion surrounding the resolution made it clear that the city, county, and state are all very much in support of the expansion.”

A broad estimate of the timeline for the project was also introduced. With the Board approval of the resolution, the WCD will now focus on securing consultants and a third-party owner’s representative to manage and facilitate the project.

“We are very sensitive to the fact that timelines are fluid and are subject to market conditions,” said Jim Kanter, Chairman of the Board. “The purpose of presenting this timeline is to make sure we have a framework on paper which will allow us to be more nimble and ready to adjust when unforeseen variables come into play.”

The next board meeting is scheduled for Friday, October 16th, 2019.

Wisconsin Center District

Experience-obsessed and committed to creating unforgettable experiences, the Wisconsin Center District (WCD) is a quasi-governmental body that operates the Wisconsin Center, UW-Milwaukee Panther Arena and Miller High Life Theatre in downtown Milwaukee. WCD venues are within walking distance of leading hotels, retail establishments, attractions, dining, nightclubs and transportation. Created under Wisconsin State Statute in 1994. WCD offers captivating- and buzzworthy-experiences making Milwaukee a not-to-be-missed destination.

4 thoughts on “Plenty of Horne: Downtown Power Brokers Mull Expanded Convention Center”

  1. Casey says:

    I really like the idea especially that essentially N. 5th street is reborn but as a pedestrian plaza.

  2. stancooper says:

    Perhaps the taxpayers in the ‘taxing authority’ district should hire their own ‘consultant’. One that tells truth to the Power Brokers as well as the Journal Sentinel about these machinations.

    Here’s an idea: tell taxpayers the precise cost PER HOUSEHOLD for the next 10 years. (while you’re at it, let them know how much they’ve contributed to the SELIG FAMILY TRUST FUND,) Then hold a binding referendum. Will taxpayers want to ‘invest’ $500.00,… $800.00… $1,000.00… more? in the New Owners dream?

    What? You can’t make that calculation? A reasonable estimate? Really? Maybe you don’t have any business being a power broker. They should be able to calculate their own greed and ego.

  3. David says:

    Lighten up Stan. The convention center should be expanded and a new arena should be built. I’m all for it and the majority of people I talk to, both suburban and city, agree it should get done. However, my concern is that we’ll build it but screw the whole thing up. I find it interesting that Rocky Marcoux is suddenly going silent with his original idea of building it closer to WI Ave. That means that Gimble has gotten to him. Gimble’s plan looks rediculous. Is that some sort of hamster tube connecting the WCD to the arena? Please do not build this thing in the Park East. There will be absolutley no economic “spin off” if the arena is built in the Park East. We may as well put it in the Menomonee Valley. The dead spots downtown result from large underutilized (old arena, Milw Theater, WCD, south, north and west of the Bradley cenetr

  4. Tyrell Track Master says:

    Phenomenal concept! I certainly hope it rolls, but I definitely fear the drooling hordes of Waukesha and Racine county who would rather just hang out at cracker barrel than spend a few pennies for a better city… anyway, let’s roll!!!

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