Concert venue

People Who Oppose This Third Ward Concert Hall Near Summerfest Are Still Here

Every Friday, things we missed turns to other Milwaukee posts (and beyond) for, well, things we missed throughout the week. This week: this proposed FPC Live venue and the neighbors who oppose it.

• In December, Madison-based venue promoter and operator FPC Live announced plans to build a new two-room venue in the Third Ward near the Summerfest grounds. A month later, during a “Public Listening Session” questions of whether Milwaukee really needed a new concert hall were largely drowned out by neighbors who worried about the noise, traffic, and crime associated with venues booking Bright Eyes and Beach House shows. The horror.

Now, a month later, those people are back. A newly formed group called Save the Third Ward is not only attempting to shut down the site, but is proposing that the site – currently a largely unused Summerfest parking lot – be turned into a mixed-use public plaza instead. They have renderings and everything!

Band spokesman Craig Peterson was instrumental in blocking a similar development – a proposed House of Blues for the former Pabst Brewery site – in 2005.

“About forty years ago,” reads the Save The Third Ward website, “a small group of visionaries had a plan to transform a historic industrial area into a chic urban community. The area has become one of Milwaukee’s fastest growing neighborhoods. A developer now wants to add a huge concert hall that will forever alter progress and damage the values ​​of the area. We have a different vision. We believe that public land, given to Milwaukee for public trust, can be used to improve progress toward something that improves the Third Ward.

Elsewhere, neighbors who, in recent years, moved right next to Summerfest describe Summerfest as “The 11 Days of Hell”, and lament the “200 days of hell every year for the next 50 years” that the proposed FPC location would bring to their neighborhood.

Does the group have a chance? Alderman Bob Bauman says not so much that Summerfest’s parent company, Milwaukee World Festival, owns the lease of the land, which it totally does. Furthermore, claims Bauman, “It’s part of an orchestrated effort to frustrate the concert hall project. Once it’s defeated, [the public plaza proposal] is leaving.” [BizTimes]

• BREAKING NEWS: You will be able to legally bet on sports at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino by the end of the year. The news comes from an agreement between Governor Tony Evers and President Ned Daniels Jr. of Forest Potawatomi County. It allows “Casinos operated by Forest Potawatomi County to offer ‘event betting’ on both sporting and non-sporting events, in other words to place wagers on sports games”. [TMJ4]

• The James Beard Foundation awarded one of its America’s Classic Awards to Solly’s Grille and its delicious buttery burgers. [88Nine Radio Milwaukee]

• On March 11 and 12, the Milwaukee Admirals will be known as… Milwaukee Fish Fry! [Milwaukee Admirals]

• The third-floor offices of The Avenue, aka the former Shops of Grand Avenue food court, have an exciting new tenant: Marking Services Inc., which “sells labels for pipes and electrical equipment”. STILL NO WORD ON THE POSSIBLE RETURN OF THE LEONARD BEARSTEIN SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Another year, another new restaurant for the restaurant space at Turner Hall. This time it’s Turning Tables Tavern and Eatery, a concept that “will involve an educational kitchen that will give hopeful restaurateurs the opportunity to test their ideas”. The first promising restaurant partner will be Monsieur Bar-B-Que. [Urban Milwaukee]

• Not one, not two, but three Dairyland Tour of America bike races are coming to Milwaukee this summer: June 20 at Bay View, June 23 on Brady Street and June 25 on Downer Avenue. [Urban Milwaukee]

• A new bar, Upper East Bar, is now open in the former Eastsider space at 1732 E. North Ave. Just in time for this The North Avenue Bridge will be closed for five months! [BizTimes]

• Taste & Toast will return to downtown Milwaukee March 7-11. [OnMilwaukee]

• Do you want to open for Bon Jovi at the band’s concert on April 5 at the Fiserv Forum? YOU TOTALLY CAN. [88Nine Radio Milwaukee]

• Happy weekend, Milwaukee!

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