Archives for April 2015

Hear About Downer Avenue Business Improvement District Plans, E. North Avenue Alcohol Issues May 6

Come to HWTN’s monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday May 6, 2015, to learn about the Historic Downer Avenue Business Improvement District’s exciting new plans for this vital retail street.

28266765.sfWe’ll also hear the latest on liquor license applications for the E. North Avenue retail area.

Our meeting will take place in Lake Park Pavilion’s Marcia Coles Community Room, beneath Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro. Come a little early to chat with neighbors and for coffee and cookies courtesy of Bartolotta’s.


Community Meeting April 29 To Focus on Downer Avenue’s Future

A task force looking at the future of the Downer Avenue commercial area is holding a community meeting to discuss retail conditions on the street and to get public input at 6 p.m. Wednesday April 29, 2015, at the East Side Library on E. North Avenue.

The meeting is open to the public, and anyone interested in Downer Avenue’s current conditions and potential revitalization is invited to attend.

The agenda for the meeting:

  • Comprehensive analysis of retail conditions on Downer Avenue, including a summary of recent public and private investments.
  • Public input and feedback on goals/wishes for Downer retail, City policy, potential solutions and future actions.

downer26, biz, sieuIn February, a town hall meeting was held about Downer Avenue following publicity over bank foreclosures on a significant amount of the retail space in the commercial district. Ald. Nik Kovac was then invited to Historic Water Tower Neighborhood’s March meeting to provide more information and address member questions.

Subsequently, the HWTN Executive Committee met and recommended the formation of a task force, to be led by Ald. Kovac, to address the retail issues proactively. Kovac enthusiastically supported our recommendation, and has engaged both HWTN and the Murray Hill Neighborhood Association in the process. HWTN President Donna Neal and HWTN President-Elect Sally Peltz have been representing HWTN. The April 29 community meeting represents the next milestone in this process.

Minutes of the February town hall meeting and a recent Journal Sentinel story on the issue is posted on our website.



Join 5th Annual HWTN “Spring Into Green” Parks Clean-Up on Saturday April 18

Bring your children, grandchildren, friends and neighbors to join in the fun: Mark your calendar for April 18, 2015, (Saturday), for the HWTN 5th Annual “Spring into Green” Parks Clean-Up.

Enjoy complimentary coffee and refreshments with your neighbors. We assemble at Back Bay Park at the corner of Terrace and Back Bay at 9:00 a.m. We’ll remove trash and debris from Back Bay and then move onto other nearby park areas, such as Water Tower Park. Clean-up activities will continue until 11:30 a.m.

Take this opportunity to make a difference in our community. Bring your garden gloves. Plastic bags will be provided.

To register to attend: Call Adrian at 414 530-6620 or email See you there!

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