Signs of Rebirth: Newly Branded City Welcome Signs Being Installed

You may see something new welcoming you to the City of South Milwaukee.

Two new metal and wood signs have been installed, reflecting our new logo: one at Lake Drive and another on Forest Hill Avenue. Signs on Drexel Boulevard and Rawson and College Avenues will be placed in coming weeks, as we continue our work to bring our new city brand to life. This is indeed just the beginning.

The signs were made locally by Brandon Chodkowski, a South Milwaukee High School graduate who runs a small machining shop on the southeast side of town.

And a big thank you goes out to City Clerk Jim Shelenske, custodian Jason Boswell, and our Street Department crews for working together to bring these signs to life.

I hope you agree their work was worth it. I love these. So unique.

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A Word on Babe Ruth’s Bat … and Why It’s in South Milwaukee, For Now

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A Babe Ruth bat worth millions of dollars is up for auction after a legal battle — after it leaves South Milwaukee, of course.

Local business MEARS Online Auctions has the bat for sale as we speak. The asking price: $3 million minimum. So far, there are no bids, but owner Troy Kinunen thinks it will fetch as much as $10 million by the time the auction closes Dec. 1.

WISN had a story on this recently, and here is coverage from Sports Collectors Daily.

From the Sport Collectors Daily story …

No matter how many stories have been spun about Babe Ruth, there always seems to be another one waiting to be told.

Here’s one with an intriguing history.

The bat used by Ruth when he hit his first home run of the 1924 season was awarded to a high school senior who won a batting title in the Los Angeles area. The bat was an heirloom that was bought by a relative when the man’s family held an estate sale after his death. Then, it was stolen after an act of good faith went awry, only to pop up again nearly 30 years later.

After a lawsuit and settlement over ownership of the bat, the Louisville Slugger model is being offered by Milwaukee-based MEARS Online Auctions. Washington state resident Mike Robinson is hoping for big payday from a bat that once belonged to his uncle.

“Over $10 million,” Robinson told Sports Collectors Daily.

“Look, Muhammad Ali is cool. Thomas Hearns is cool. Nolan Ryan is cool. But we’re talking about Babe Ruth,” Robinson said. “People know about him in India and Japan, all over the world. There’s no comparison.”

Check out the website — 1924BabeRuthBat.com — for more.

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Join us Wednesday: South Shore Community Economic Forum Set for Cudahy High School

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From the South Shore Chamber of Commerce …

Join us for an evening of presentations from economic development representatives for the Cities of Oak Creek, South Milwaukee, Cudahy, and St. Francis to learn about new and planned projects in the south shore of Milwaukee County.

This is a free event and is open to the public!

RSVP is recommended, but not required. Please email infossccwi@gmail.com.

The event begins at 5:30, and I look forward to sharing some of the positive news we’re delivering in South Milwaukee.

Details on the event Facebook page. See you there!

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Christmas is Coming: Still Time to Book Your Lions Lighted Parade Entry!

While floats are welcome — and there will be prizes — entries don’t have to be ornate. Just throw some lights on your SUV and promote your organization or business.

Signup information in the image. Join us on Saturday, Nov. 24 … let’s make this first lighted parade something special!

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Merry Christmas, South Milwaukee! Another Sure-to-be-Special Holiday Season Starts Today

I love Christmas in South Milwaukee … and it starts today!

I’ve pulled together some of our top holiday events again, and you can see them in this post, and in this PDF. Please share.

Today, it’s the Holiday Bazaar at the Grobschmidt Senior Center and the Holiday Craft Fair at Knights of Columbus.

And that’s just the start. Make your plans now for a South Milwaukee Christmas!

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Stepping up to Feed South Milwaukee: Monthly Breakfast at St. Mark’s, Dinner at First Congregational

Just a reminder about two opportunities to enjoy a free community meal in the next week — and every month. Spread the word!

Thanks again for stepping up, St. Mark’s and First Congregational.

At St. Mark’s on Saturday, special guest Grandma Story Time & the Great Zotz will be entertaining kids of all ages with fun stories and surprises.

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1100 Milwaukee: First Steps to New Life

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“Keep the lights on. We’re coming in behind you.”

I’ve been saying that for a while now in regards to the former Bucyrus campus downtown – 28 acres with more than 750,000 square feet of buildings being left vacant with the completion of Caterpillar’s move to the north side of Rawson Avenue.

And what I mean by that is simple: Unlike similar facilities you see across the region, state and country – where idled industrial facilities sit in decay for years, sometimes decades, in hopes of redevelopment, often before meeting their demise by wrecking ball – this campus is different. South Milwaukee is different.

We are reinventing ourselves, and it starts at 1100 Milwaukee Ave.

There is already positive momentum. It started with work the city did in the past year securing grant funding from the Bucyrus Foundation for, among other things, campus planning; applying for and obtaining Economic Opportunity Zone status from the federal government; and, perhaps most significantly, creating a new tax incremental district to encompass the now-vacant campus and other high-profile parcels downtown.

Then Reich Brothers closed on its sale a little over three months ago.

Since then, the pace of progress has quickened, as the new owners quickly began moving to buy out Caterpillar’s lease for the south-of-Rawson property (to fully enable the site for development) and take a deep dive, with an engineer’s eye, into subdividing the campus. That work continues, and there was more progress this week – the reason why I am writing this post today.

On Tuesday, the South Milwaukee City Council voted 7-0 to enter into a master planning agreement with Reich Brothers, contributing $40,000 of the Bucyrus Foundation grant money to, as the resolution states, “pay for a party in 2018 to subdivide and reconfigure parcels, design access points and road layouts and connect to the city’s grid for maximum use and visitor benefit.” More specifically, Reich Brothers wants to hire a consultant to study and report on existing site conditions, and offer cost estimates for necessary repairs. Importantly, the study will provide “initial plans for subdivision of the site that will provide improved circulation and public access to existing facilities.”

The work will be done in the spring of 2019.

In other words, this is the first step toward a new day for this campus, our downtown and our city – redevelopment of a site that for more than 100 years was a city unto itself, into one that, while different, will hopefully be just as central to South Milwaukee’s growth and prosperity as it was in 1892.

Proud past, promising future, indeed.

What will that look like exactly? That’s what the master planning effort is for, for which we’ll have a seat at the table the whole time, per the agreement we signed.

Have a plan, work the plan, together. There is no wishing, hoping and waiting here, as we’ve seen in so many other cities. The time is now. Let’s go!

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