Key points in understanding Wauwatosa’s proposed new master plan for the County Grounds and environs

By Jim Price

Introduction

More than a year ago, the City of Wauwatosa commissioned a new master plan for the Northeast Quadrant of the County Grounds and surrounding areas stretching from Mayfair Road to Wauwatosa Village. The $200,000 planning contract went to GRAEF, the same firm that carried out plan, design and project management for Innovation Campus. The main thrust of GRAEF’s new plan is that Wauwatosa, as a transportation, retail and medical services hub, has already become a second urban center of the Milwaukee metropolitan area (rivaling downtown Milwaukee) and that it is time for Tosa to depart from suburban-value development (i.e., $1 million to $2 million per acre) and pursue high-value urban-scale development ($3 million to $5 million per acre). That implies doubling or tripling the per-square-foot value of property by increasing scale in both height and density. For example, the typical 3 to 4-story apartment or office building could become 6 to 10 stories with larger footprints in new developments. Setbacks might be decreased, and surface parking reduced through use of underground parking or more parking structures to maximize land value.

This plan envisions possible new development worth an additional $1.7 billion in appraised value, including 6,500 new residential units (mostly rental)250,000 square feet of new commercial office space; up to 125,000 square feet of (non-dining) retail space; and an additional 70,000 square feet of restaurant space. If built out in its entirety, this would be add an estimated $40 million to $50 million in property tax revenues per year.

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Wauwatosa Master Plan for County Grounds Parcel

Wauwatosa is developing a master plan that may include a new road through the last remaining corner of the County Grounds, known as “Sanctuary Woods."

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Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Oct. 29-30

We will be canvassing and phonebanking this weekend in Tosa.

  • Oct 29 at Sandy's 2472 N 65th St from 10-4pm  (10am-1pm and 1pm-4pm)
  • Oct 30 at Greg's 8007 Portland Ave from 10-3pm (10-1pm and 1pm-3pm)

I hope you all can make it for some door knocking and phone calling.

It's going to a great weekend!

Also keep in mind GOTV and our final November push -

  • November 5 - 9am, Noon, 3pm, 6pm
  • November 6 - 9am, Noon, 6pm  (Packers are playing around 3pm)
  • November 7 - 9am, Noon, 3pm, 6pm
  • November 8 - 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm

Let us know if you can join us this weekend and for GOTV.

Forward to victory

Greg Walz-Chojnacki
414-807-4379
greg@chojnacki.us

 

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Drinking Liberally Wauwatosa Wednesday, Oct. 19

Friends,

Join us this month for our special GOTV edition of Drinking Liberally Wauwatosa. We'll be talking about

  • Early voting
  • Get out the Vote (GOTV) efforts
  • Our great candidates on the ballot
  • Crushing Republicans who haven't reviled Donald Trump
  • WTF is it with Trump, anyway?

Join us at Cranky Al's, 6901 W. North Ave., 6-8 p.m., as we all gear up for Nov.8.

(Parking is a challenge these days; give yourself an extra 10 minutes or so to find a space.)

Looking forward to seeing you,

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Tosa Together Holds First Forum Oct. 5

Tosa Together is a new group of Wauwatosa residents with the goal of working to make our city a more welcoming community to our growing diverse population.  On October 5, the group held its first forum at the Wauwatosa Public Library.  The focus of the evening was the recent fatal shooting by a Wauwatosa police officer of a young African-American man, Jay Anderson Jr., in Madison Park.

The forum was attended by over 100 people who heard the Anderson family talk about Jay and reveal how after almost 4 months now, they’ve learned little about what happened to their son and family member that night. 

Although there has been much attention in the last few months on police shootings both locally and nationally, the circumstances of what happened to Jay Anderson Jr. on June 23 in Madison Park remain a mystery.  The Anderson family waits patiently for answers.

For more information on Tosa Together, contact Joanne Shansky, jmshansky@yahoo.com, 414-315-0928.

Here is the TOSA NOW article about the forum:

http://www.wauwatosanow.com/story/news/2016/10/07/public-forum-held-discuss-police-shooting-jay-anderson-jr/91678498/

 

 

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Early Voting Begins Oct. 17

You can avoid lines and free your schedule for Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts by voting before Nov. 8.

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Grassroots Tosa Endorsements

Everyone election is important, but the choices have never been starker than this year. As America continues its long march toward a more perfect Union, this election not only allows us to right some wrongs, but also set the stage for more victories in 2018.

Following are Grassroots Tosa's endorsements:

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Get Out the Vote (GOTV) Oct. 15-16

We're gearing up for our big Get Out the Vote weekend.

Our first "dry run" is this weekend. Stop in and join the effort. We'll be phonebanking and canvassing Tosa neighborhoods.

Weekend of Action Oct 15 and Oct 16

Saturday: 2472 N 65th St (The Zellmer home)
Shifts: 9am, Noon, 3pm, 6pm

Sunday: 8007 Portland Ave ( Walz-Chojnacki home)
Shifts: 9am, Noon, 6pm

Other times and dates will be announced later

To sign up for the all-important GOTV Weekend, Nov. 5-8, visit https://www.hillaryclinton.com/gotv/

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Laughing Liberally Nov. 4

Enjoy the Laughing Liberally Milwaukee comedy show on November 4th!

Friday November 4th, 8pm, $8
Comedy Sportz Theater
420 South 1st Street, Milwaukee, WI

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Aug. 9 Primary Election!

Tom‌orrow, Tue‌sday, Aug‌ust 9 is primary election day. You already know how fake Democrats are making our turnout vital in the primary.

Polling places across Wisconsin will be open from 7‌:0‌0 AM until 8‌:‌0‌0 PM. Have you made a plan to vote yet?

Voting in the Aug‌ust 9 Wisconsin primary is easy:

  1. Make sure you're registered to vote
  2. Find your polling place
  3. Grab your photo ID
  4. Go vote for Russ Feingold and John  Chisholm

What else can I do?

Glad you asked!

There is still a big GOTV push going on.

Canvassing and phone banking is being conducted in West Allis at 2837 S. Aurene Circle in West Allis (map).

To learn more, contact Adam Kubiske, (703) 678-6835 or akubiske@wivictory2016.org

And be sure to remind your friends to vote for Feingold and Chisholm in the primary on Aug. 9!

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