Dreams for Sale

By Jan Christensen City for Milwaukee Offers Classic Tavern for Sale in African American Cultural and Entertainment District The right proposal and $50,000 could get you a historic, cream-city brick mixed-use building at the corner of North and Sixth Streets. Constructed in 1886, this classic building at 540 W. North Ave. could become the gateway to the African American Cultural and Entertainment District proposed for the area between N. Martin Luther King Drive and N. 7th Street. Proposals are to be made to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee on or before September 20, 2004. Preferred use of the building would be a first-floor entertainment venue contributing to the Cultural and Entertainment District. The city’s ideas include a jazz club or rhythm and blues venue, ethnic restaurant/cabaret, theme tavern, or restaurant. The Kroening Building, named for its original owner, is one of the oldest tavern buildings in the city. Constructed of cream-city brick that has never been painted, it still has its original gable ornament, fine masonry work, and large storefront windows. The building is also eligible for local historic designation. The concept for the African American Cultural and Entertainment District began in 1999 and the Milwaukee Common Council is currently conducting a feasibility study. For more information on the Kroening Building, visit the Redevelopment Authority page on the City of Milwaukee website. Direct link: www.mkedcd.org/realestate/540WNorthAv/RFP.htm