July 17, 2015
  With Final Design well underway, The Milwaukee Streetcar continues to make strong progress. Read below for information on recent news, events and steps forward. As always, get the latest news by liking the project on Facebook and following on Twitter. Thank you for your ongoing interest!  
 
Lakefront Line Funding   Walkers Point Extension
Multiple vendors submit vehicle proposals   Mandel Group developing plans for apartment high rise on streetcar line
 

The City of Milwaukee has received multiple responses from firms looking to supply four new modern streetcars, associated spare parts, materials, and services for The Milwaukee Streetcar project. The Request for Proposals was announced in April and responses were due July 2, 2015. A multi-disciplinary evaluation committee comprised of city staff, technical consultant experts and community representatives will review the proposals related to qualifications, technical capabilities, vehicle aesthetics and proposed budget. A decision is expected to be announced this fall.

 

Real estate development firm Mandel Group, Inc. is advancing detailed plans for the lake bluff property it owns at the corner of North Prospect and East Ogden Avenues. The residential development, a new 20+ story luxury apartment tower, is located at the northern end of The Milwaukee Streetcar's Phase I route. The heavily amenitized tower will have approximately 240 units designed to appeal primarily to empty nesters and others seeking larger floorplans and refined finishes. "We think our future residents will love the opportunity to board the streetcar at their front door and easily travel throughout the downtown for shopping, work, restaurants, theater, attractions and as an easy link to the Intermodal station," said Mandel Group's Chief Operating Officer Robert Monnat. "We're seeing a gradual but consistent reduction in the number of cars our downtown residents own, which can be attributed to their desire to use alternate modes of transportation. Having the downtown streetcar operational will enhance this trend and simply make it more fun to get around downtown Milwaukee to everyday destinations."

Walkers Point Extension   Visit Milwaukee
Streetcar and other major developments create jobs beyond construction   Streetcar team to be at 2015 Downtown Employee Appreciation Week
 

A recent article in the Milwaukee Business Journal discusses the ripple effect of job creation related to major projects, beyond the direct construction jobs. The Milwaukee Streetcar is expected to have the same impact. The City estimates that the construction and maintenance/operation of the Phase 1 Route and Lakefront Line extension will result in the creation and support of both short- and long-term jobs. Short-term jobs related to the construction of the streetcar system include an estimated 720 local construction jobs and 110 jobs related to the manufacturing of the vehicles. An estimated 810 indirect jobs would be created by companies that will supply materials for the project and another 780 jobs will be induced by discretionary spending. Ongoing operations and maintenance of the streetcar system will create an estimated 25 long-term direct jobs that will continue as long as the streetcar is in service. Further, as development is spurred along the line, new short-and long-term jobs will be created supporting new services and development along the streetcar route.

  Look for members of The Milwaukee Streetcar's outreach team at Milwaukee Downtown, BID (Business Improvement District) #21's annual Downtown Employee Appreciation Week July 27 - July 31. The weeklong series of events will provide the most fun you'll have at work all year! This much anticipated workweek features daily special events, office challenge games, coffee break in the square, beach volleyball tournament, kickball tournament, grandest happy hour, river cruise, lunchtime giveaways and exclusive discounts for downtown Milwaukee's 81,000 employees!
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