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As Cudahy looks to improve downtown and have storefronts redone, Cudahy should look to the problems South Milwaukee has had with their ‘Façade Grant’ so Cudahy doesn’t make the same mistakes down the road.
We learned at the Common Council meeting on Tuesday April 21, 2009, that if the CDA rejects the façade grant request, there is no real recourse the business has to appeal the decision. The decision is final in the hands of the CDA.
The City Lounge was just rejected asking for an $18,000 façade grant request
According to this CudahyNow report, façade grants are available for landscaping, but the CDA's program is intended to revitalize dilapidated buildings, CDA Chairwoman Sara Eberhardy said, adding that the exterior of City Lounge "looks fantastic" and CDA members did not believe the project warranted grant funding.
Submitted By Michael
Posted: Apr. 1, 2009
After reading the Voters Guide for District One candidates, shown on the home page of this publication, a particular point stuck out for me. Both of Gail Krugs’ opponents point out that the there already exists and façade grant and that it has been in place for years. I get that there is a grant that resembles the tax break she proposes. But how many years will it remain idle on the books while we watch the Milwaukee avenue business district disintegrate? Or better yet, let’s allow the building owners to continue to patch and paint their corners of the district without any rhyme or reason.
I think the point Gail was trying to make is that new businesses that want to start-up or relocate to South Milwaukee aren’t moving in because of municipal roadblocks and a less than desirable storefront aesthetic. Take Pete Sorces’ place on the corner of 10th and Milwaukee. Now I haven’t talked to Mr. Sorce, but I am impressed with his storefront stone and awnings. I could easily see Sorce Martial Arts on any corner in Lake Geneva. It would fit right in. So I get what Ms. Krug is trying to say. Let’s tie some urban design to the façade grant. Use Sorce Martial Arts as a building block. Let’s create a timeline for execution . I am not suggesting we fine non-respondents, but light a fire under our business owners. Fellas, if you want people to live, work and shop in South Milwaukee for things other than beer, bread and anything for a dollar, let’s make our town as attractive as its intentions.
Honestly, even if Gail doesn’t win a seat on the council, the powers that be need to do something before South Milwaukee falls into a irreversible tailspin. And Mr. McCarthy, building condos and apartments is NOT good for the city. Let’s focus on bringing in business and tax revenue to support the services that are currently left wanting for the current residents before we welcome more.