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Harley Davidson, headquartered in Milwaukee, will build a $30 million dollar Major Museum, Store, and Restaurant Complex Downtown, in Schlitz Park, to open in summer 2002, in ample time for the 2003 Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. The 95th anniversary bash in 1998 attracted over a 100,000 bikers from around the world. Construction is slated to begin in summer 1999.

 

The Milwaukee Art Museum recently began construction of a dramatic, $50 million addition just south of its current building on the shore of Lake Michigan. Designed by Spanish-born architect, engineer and sculptor Santiago Calatrava, the addition will be the first Calatrava building completed in the U.S. It will be completed in 2000. The centerpiece of the project is a grand gathering place -- a transparent structure enclosed by a light-controlling sunscreen which can be raised or lowered, creating a dramatic "sculpture" which the architect has likened to a bird in flight. The atrium is designed to resemble an old lake schooner, its glass sails unfurling at the touch of sunlight.

The Milwaukee Brewers will soon be in their new home, Miller Park, with its retractable roof, the first in the US. The new facility is being built in the County Stadium centerfield parking lot and will open for opening day 2000.

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Redevelopment of vacant Marshall Fields building on Wisconsin Ave at the river to be anchored by a new 131-room Marriott Residence Inn to be created in a large portion of the vacant building. As a result of the $20 million hotel development -- as well as pending deals to convert some of the building into offices -- the Field's building owners expect to begin redeveloping the property by early fall, 1999. Ivory Tusk LLC, the company formed by Orenstein and Irgens to redevelop the Field's building, plans to demolish a portion of the building that faces N. Plankinton Ave., about halfway between W. Wisconsin Ave. and W. Michigan St. That will create a central entrance for the building.

A new master plan for the downtown proposes to turn the city center -- bordered roughly by Walnut St., Pleasant St., Interstate 43 and the Milwaukee River as it snakes down into the Third Ward -- into a dense, leafy village of sorts, humming with new housing and entertainment spots and accessible on foot and by transit, as well as by car.

It's part of a larger effort to integrate the city with the natural assets -- the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan -- that define our community and distinguish it from other aging industrial centers. The river has already seen an explosion of condo and restaurant development -- adding more than $48 million in assessed value between 1996 and 1998 alone -- thanks to the downtown RiverWalk. Soon the lake, too, will become more accessible on foot, part of a burst of activity along its shore. More.

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Last Updated 6/28/99