February 2003

The new family practice office that will be moving into the long-vacant office buildings above Jewel Osco on North and Humboldt is on schedule to be completed in early March. The Columbia St. Mary’s owned clinic will serve patients from the surrounding areas, and will take many health care plans including Title 19 .

We got money! Or, at least, access to money. But you might have to pay a fee… It used to be hard to find an ATM in the neighborhood, but now they seem to be multiplying. Within the last year ATMs have popped up at Sunshine Food Mart, Onopa Brewing Company, the Riverwest Co-op (from Brewery Credit Union), and now at Lena’s Market (from Legacy Bank).

The cluster of stores on Capitol and Holton recently changed its name to RiverWest Center. That’s great, but how come the Pizza Hut there won’t deliver here? See our story on this annoying situation.

Need tax help? A coalition of businesses, community groups, and government agencies will help low- to moderate-income people file their income taxes. The Milwaukee Asset Building Coalition helped more than 4,000 Milwaukee County residents receive tax credits totaling $1.4 million last year. The service is free at 20 sites throughout the city. For info, call 385-1126.

Speaking of money, Riverwest is moving closer to having its own branch of the credit union. The Brewery Credit Union (BCU) has agreed to open a branch here after the accounts coded as “Riverwest” reach a sizeable number. So far, the Riverwest accounts have nearly $245,000 in loans and $460,000 in deposits. In all there are 204 accounts coded “Riverwest.” Overall, the largest membership by zip code of BCU continues to be residents of 53212. In consideration of our numbers, the Brewery Credit Union annual meeting will be held closer to home this year: the Italian Community Center at 631 E. Chicago Street. On March 1, BCU will have its Annual Member meeting. Registration and Continental breakfast will begin at 9 a.m. and the regular meeting will start at 9:30 a.m. Riverwest’s current representative on the board, Kevin Flaherty, is not up for re-election this year.

Staff, board and friends work together to move Work for Wisconsin into 604 E. Center St. on Saturday, January 25. The YMCA CDC-Riverwest will share the space with W4W at this location. “Work for Wisconsin is an organization that is working on a work force development project into the skilled trades. We help with the training and placement of low income residents,” says Dhul Yaqub, Executive Director of Work for Wisconsin. The organization is sharing rent with the YMCA CDC-Riverwest, an arrangement which has allowed the CDC to keep this office open. Riverwest Currents – Volume 2 – Issue 2 – February 2003