Co. supervisors to meet, discuss redevelopment of Transit Center

MILWAUKEE — An Economic Development Committee meeting will be held Monday, July 23rd, during the meeting Milwaukee County supervisors are expected to discuss the redevelopment of the Downtown Transit Center.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele unveiled Wednesday, July 11th a proposed $120 million development for the Downtown Transit Center – a 44-story hotel and apartment building, featuring restaurants, retail space and parking.

“This project will be a great addition to the Milwaukee Lakefront, bringing jobs and a strong tax base for decades to come,” Abele said in a statement.

Developer Rick Barrett proposed the development for the corner of Lincoln Memorial Drive and Michigan Avenue.

“This development is going to continue to transform the lakefront. It’s an extraordinary addition to the Calatrava, Discovery World and future developments,” Barrett said.

The high-rise would include about 180 hotel rooms, 180 apartment units and retail units for the bottom floors. There would also be about 800 parking spaces, and walkways to other downtown venues.

Some County supervisors say they were never informed of the plan until it was announced to the public. They say they want to make sure residents have input on the project before it gets final approval.

The County Board committee will meet at 9 a.m. Monday, July 23rd to layout the comprehensive plan for the redevelopment of the Transit Center. 

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