“Win-win-win for Milwaukee:” Common Council approves $2M grant for blighted properties in Sherman Park

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MILWAUKEE — The Milwaukee Common Council on Tuesday, November 22nd approved legislation that will allow the city to use up to $2 million in grant funding from the Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions for the demolition, deconstruction and rehabilitation of blighted properties — according to a statement from three Milwaukee aldermen.

The statement from Alderman Khalif Rainey, Alderman Russell Stamper II and Alderman Michael Murphy says the funding is expected to pay for the demolition of 100 homes, and for 100 homes to be rehabilitated.

The aldermen had this to say about the approval of this legislation:

“We think the initiative is a much-needed win-win-win for Milwaukee.

First, the majority of renovation expenditures from the grant will impact properties in the expanded Sherman Park area (generally bounded by N. 60th St., N. 20th St., W. Capitol Dr. and W. Lloyd St.). The investment in addressing properties in this area is needed and provides positive momentum after months of intense focus on the challenges residents face there daily.

Additionally, the initiative will promote homeownership with purchase or lease-to-own options. This approach nurtures stable, owner occupied homeownership to build and strengthen our neighborhoods.

Last, renovation funds will be awarded to for-profit and non-profit developers through a Request for Proposal process, with funds to be used to pay wages for individuals who are enrolled in a construction trades training program, certified by the Residents Preference Program, or alumni of the Compete Milwaukee transitional jobs program. These local workers will be paid a living wage to do valuable work that furthers their skills and invests in and improves our housing stock.

We are looking forward to getting this initiative up and operating quickly, with support from the Department of City Development and the Department of Neighborhood Services.”

5 comments

  • Common Sense

    I have been saying this for 10 years. Milwaukee needs to tear down those old abandon homes BEFORE Milwaukee can start to rebuild itself.

    Step 1: Let the neighborhood have a few “community gardens” and some playgrounds, parks and basketball courts.
    Low cost to build and maintain. Make the area look better and maybe the community with start to take some pride.
    Step 2: should be to help home owners improve their properties. Maybe get a group to help paint or do some low cost home repairs. Will help bring up the appearance and property values (more property taxes for the city of Milwaukee)
    Step 3: Get rid of the riff raff, trouble makers, drug dealers and criminals that use that area for their criminal activates.
    Get a higher police presence in the area, enforce laws and give out tickets to raise revenue to help offset the cost.
    Step 4: (maybe 15-25 years from now. Start to rebuild and develop new businesses and new affordable housing.

    Milwaukee does NOT need a trolley. We have buses. Milwaukee NEEDS to lower it’s murder rate and create new businesses and more good paying jobs like back in the seventies.

    • Chrisco

      That is part of the problem with the stupid trolley, between 2/3 to 3/4 of the money comes from the state and the feds. The money has to be spent on it the stupid thing.

  • Grace

    After what common sesnse said better lighting not that ugly yellow barely can see light and cut them trees.roll down those delapitated fences.tear down those ratchet crumbling empty garages that look hideous.tear down all the ugly thick growth for cleaner views

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