MILWAUKEE — A move
to rezone the historic Goll Mansion property on North
Prospect Avenue to make way for a new high-rise
apartment was approved by the Milwaukee Common Council
proposed by a Madison developer, won the council’s vote
12 to 2 with one abstention, though it’s hotly disputed
by residents and businesses in the area and by the
district’s alderman, Robert Bauman.
Bauman said he has
received dozens of emails from constituents in the
city’s Fourth District in staunch opposition to the
27-story project due to traffic, parking and
construction concerns along the busy street.
“Normally, it’s a
slam dunk; we go with our constituents, we go with their
concerns,” Bauman said at the meeting. “But in this
case, other factors have been brought into play.”
District 3 Ald. Nik
Kovac disagreed and said traffic along that stretch of
city street is some of the worst in Milwaukee, but by no
“To suggest that a
few hundred more apartments on a corridor that supports
thousands of people and is about to support major
transit investments — to suggest that the public health,
safety and welfare is threatened by one new building
amongst a dozen is just not fair,” Kovac said.
The Goll house,
built in 1898 and located at 1550 N. Prospect Ave., has
been considered for redevelopment twice before, failing
The developer has
pledged economic development and to use minority
residents and small businesses for 20 percent of the
construction of the 192unit tower, but Bauman said the
promise is “empty and hollow” because there is no legal
way to hold them to it.
minority work base cannot be enforced. They may have
good intentions, but this is a business,” Bauman said.
District 5 Ald.
James Bohl said every district has had disputed
developments that passed and didn’t cause issues.
“The desire to
retain what we know is a very strong, persuasive
argument that drives residents to reach out to us,” Bohl
said. “There’s a lot of positives for this. I won’t
articulate them, I think the council already knows.”