We are about 7 months into the project (January 9, 2017 - August 7, 2017).
Part I and II
Our focus for Part I is on the City of Milwaukee - Department of City Development (Martha Brown, Deputy Commissioner) and Department of Neighborhood Services (Preston Cole - Commissioner).
Part II is Milwaukee County Director of Transportation Brian Dranzik. New buses.
- 20th Street - East
- 60th Street - West
- Lloyd Street - South
- Capitol Drive - North
DFI has "elimination and revitalization of blighted properties" with expected impact on public safety, property value stabilization and promote investment.
The city of Milwaukee has Milwaukee Employment Renovation Initiative attached with "employment" as a marker.
The $2 million is split into two parts - $1 million to DCD (Brown) for revitalization and $1million (Cole) to DNS for demolition.
Last week, August 1, 2017, MPA LLC commenced its outreach to the six approved BIDS. Our first contact was Carl Quindel - Strong Blocks for his organization's input for transparency and citizen participation. We have not heard from our voice mail or email.
The other five, Gorman and Company, FIT Investment Group/Cube Development, Ezekiel Housing, TE X, LLC, and Advance Investors, LLC will be contacted this week.
- Sixty-seven (67) properties have been either purchased or reserved for MERI/Milwaukee Employment Renovation Initiative buyers.
- These buyers will continue to select properties until 100 properties have been sold.
- MERI sales must close by April 2018, and renovation work must be completed by November 2018.
- The development agreement with buyers allows the buyers to hold renovated properties for rental in the event they aren’t able to find owner-occupant buyers.
- An extension of grant reimbursement period to December 1, 2018, rather than June 1, 2018, has been granted by Wisconsin Dept. of Financial Institutions.
The process started off with a high negative due to lack of public awareness and clarity of cause. See video below.
Many Sherman Park residents arrived at city hall in a disarray due to miscommunication and too small accommodation for the hearing. There should have been several meetings held in the Sherman Park area in a facility befitting the crowd. The necessary Common Council members should always be prepared to hit the road to underpin unique opportunities such as this one. They were not.
Further outreach - MPA LLC
There is a pending report forthcoming regarding demolition from Preston Cole, Commissioner - DNS.
Kenneth Little - Commercial Corridor Manager and team members are part of MPA LLC deep-dive oversight review for the MERI initiative as well as each neighborhood BIDs support to residential and commercial property owners. Specific funding on the books through DCD, its partners, its business capitalization, and other strategic planning to create opportunities for taxpayers, entrepreneurs, and potential investors is NOT known. This include Sherman Park NID/Neighborhood Investment District.
"Ken Little has shown an unacceptable resistance to sharing commercial information to MPA LLC as asked. He appears to be dogmatic about the information he wants to share and to whom he shares it with. That's discrimination. That is cronyism. That's uninclusive. That is a formal Complaint.
Below is the meeting held on January 9, 2017, for the MERI initiative.
Milwaukee County Transportation - Brian Dranzik is Part II. It will be released later this week.