MAY 18, 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 to submit proposal to feds for lakefront line funding   Report touts streetcar as helping to address downtown's connectivity
 

In April, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced that $500 million would be made available for transportation projects across the country under a seventh round of the highly successful U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) competitive grant program.  The City of Milwaukee has sent the required pre-application and will submit a full request by the June 5 deadline.  The request will be for funds for the lakefront line and related improvements.  The Common Council’s February 10 project approval included the necessary local share.

 

A report measuring downtown Milwaukee’s entertainment and hospitality offerings was recently commissioned by the Greater Milwaukee Committee and Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement District No. 21 who hired Hunden Strategic Partners, Chicago, to conduct the analysis.  According to the Milwaukee Business Journal, “The downtown streetcar will address one concern raised in the Hunden study: Connectivity of nightlife and dining zones in and around the downtown area, the firm said. Better transportation links are necessary to connect Brady Street, the 3rd Ward and sections of the central part of downtown.”  According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Due to the large physical area taken up by downtown, Milwaukee's nodes of dining and nightlife activity are fairly spread out and there is no easy way to experience them all without using a car," it said.  The recently approved downtown streetcar "is a great start" to solving that problem, the report said.”

Walkers Point Extension   Visit Milwaukee
Residential developer looks at Walker's Point extension   VISIT Milwaukee honors the streetcar project
 

A developer planning an upscale apartment community in the Walker’s Point neighborhood recently cited the location’s proximity near a possible future streetcar extension as one of the project’s deciding factors.  In an article on UrbanMilwaukee.com, one of the development partners Tim Gokhman said “Regarding the streetcar, I was talking about the expansion loop – it literally circles around this project. I know it’s years out, and I’m sure faces obstacles, but the potential itself is exciting. And consistent with our development philosophy of urban density, walkability, and a lesser reliance on cars in general. This project has 100 parking spaces for 120 units, so we’re actually building to our principles.”

  At its May 6 annual meeting, Visit Milwaukee, the area’s tourism and convention marketing agency, presented an award to Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and the Common Council for the approval of the streetcar project.  The annual Milwaukee Magnet Award honors people and organizations whose efforts are directly related to attracting significant economic impact, whether through conventions, tourism, investment, development, or infrastructure.  This award recipient attracts new people and new dollars to our city, thereby assisting VISIT Milwaukee in its mission to market greater Milwaukee as the destination of choice for conventions, events and leisure travel.  At the event, VISIT Milwaukee President and CEO Paul Upchurch said of the streetcar’s Common Council approval “This visionary, strategic vote will have a substantial and positive economic impact on the region, help grow our city and connect our communities, and attract future visitors as well as development opportunities.”
 

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