June 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
City submits request for federal Lakefront Streetcar Line funding   Stakeholders add chorus of support to City's federal TIGER application
 

The City of Milwaukee has submitted its request for additional federal funding for The Milwaukee Streetcar's Lakefront Line. Funds are available through the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) program. The City has requested $14.2 million in addition to the City's already committed $15 million to fund the .4-mile Lakefront Line. The Line will link to the Phase 1 streetcar route and connect with major corporate employers, such as US Bank, Foley & Lardner, Northwestern Mutual, Johnson Controls, Artisan Partners, Robert W. Baird and Roundy's Supermarkets. The line will also connect downtown's central business district with numerous lakefront attractions, including the Milwaukee Art Museum, Discovery World science museum, Betty Brinn Children's Museum, Lakeshore State Park and the Henry Maier Festival Park.

 

Numerous stakeholders submitted letters of support to accompany the City's TIGER grant application. Letters expressed continued support for The Milwaukee Streetcar system and hopes that federal funds would provide a foundation to expand the system. The list includes Aerotropolis Milwaukee, African American Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Barrett Visionary, Brady Street Business Improvement District (BID #11), Building Advantage, Colectivo, Creative Alliance Milwaukee, Discovery World, East Town Association, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, Historic Third Ward (BID #2) Irgens, Mandel Group, Mayor Tom Barrett, Metro Go!, Milwaukee Area Workforce Investment Board, Inc., Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee Building & Construction Trades Council, Milwaukee Downtown (BID #21), Newaukee, Pabst Theater Group, State Rep. Evan Goyke, State Rep. JoCasta Zamarripa, State Rep. Jonathan Brostoff, State Senator Chris Larson, State Senator Lena Taylor, State Senator Nikiya Harris Dodd, The Bartolotta Restaurants, The Lowlands Group, The Marcus Corporation, Transfer Pizza/New Brady, LLC, U.S. Congresswoman Gwen Moore, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin and Wisconsin Avenue Milwaukee Development Corp. LLC. Thank you!

Walkers Point Extension   Visit Milwaukee
Route modification helps achieve significant cost savings for utility relocations   Local developer cites proximity to streetcar route as a factor in investment plans
 

After careful analysis, the City of Milwaukee will move forward with plans for a minor adjustment to the initial streetcar route. The route will now run east and west between Broadway and Jackson on Kilbourn Avenue instead of Wells Street and the City continues to work cooperatively with East Town stakeholders on the change. The route will also be relocated from Van Buren Street, entirely to Jackson Street. The adjustment is expected to provide millions of dollars in cost savings related to underground utility relocations and will require approvals from the Federal Transit Administration.

  Milwaukee developer Joshua Jeffers is looking to build apartments in the historic Mackie Building at North Broadway and East Michigan Street, directly on the streetcar route. According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, "Jeffers plans to start construction this fall to build 25 high-end apartments in the mostly vacant office spaceā€¦The project will restore the building's exterior and preserve its Grain Exchange Room." The estimated $12.4 million project also includes exterior restoration. "Another huge part of all of this is the streetcar," Jeffers said. Jeffers purchased the building in late 2014.
 

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