September 11, 2015 NWSP Update 
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Keeping Up with Keith on the Near West Side

Friends of the Near West Side:
While we're all settling in after an exciting summer here in the Near West Side, the fall months are here and packed full of great events. 

Whether you're interested in building up our community playgrounds at the KaBOOM! build on September 12, or looking to meet fellow Near West Side neighbors at a community event, we've got the right event for you. 

Our Near West Side Partners Working Teams are also hard at work preparing for their October 1 All-Working Teams Meeting, where they'll share their great summer successes and gear-up for our next CEO Symposium on November 10. 

As always, if you wish to share news from your organization, or would like to see something featured in the e-newsletter, please send us a note at for consideration. 

Keep it up,

Keith Stanley
Executive Director, Near West Side Partners, Inc.
NWSP, City of Milwaukee Take Great Steps to Remedy Nuisance Home

Near West Side supporters testify at public nuisance hearing on August 28. 

We have so many great assets in the Near West Side that make our part of Milwaukee such a great place to live, work and play. And we’re hard at work to address the handful of challenges we have, to make sure our assets continue to shine through. We have some great news to share about one of our challenges.
For over a decade, a 15-unit apartment complex at 2408 W. Kilbourn Avenue has created a nuisance for residents, with ongoing problems including prostitution, drug dealing, public intoxication, loitering and other disruptive behavior. 
After years of enforcement measures from MPD, DNS and the City Attorney's Office, the City filed a Public Nuisance Receivership action – the first of its kind in more than a decade. The hearing on August 28 brought a diverse group of Near West Side supporters - including Alderman Bauman, Keith Stanley, and local business owners who testified about the challenges from the property. As a result, Judge DiMotto found the property to be a public nuisance and ordered the property to be placed under receivership. 
Later this month, the court-appointed receiver will present his recommendations to the Court on how to abate the public nuisance and set this property on a better path. 
A special thanks to Alderman Bauman for his leadership, and the hard work of our PARC team and Community Prosecution Unit who helped provide leadership throughout this process. Read more about these efforts in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and FOX6, and stay tuned for additional updates from the final hearing. 
KaBOOM! Playground Build
In collaboration with the Merrill Park Neighborhood Association, Marquette University High School has been selected to receive a grant from KaBOOM! to build a playground at North 35th Street and Clybourne Avenue. 

The playground, made possible by corporate sponsor, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group, and a generous donation from the Marquette High Fathers Club, will be built on Saturday, September 12, from 8 AM to 2:30 PM. Pre-build activities will also take place on Thursday, September 10, from 8 AM to 5 PM, and on Friday, September 11, as needed.  

Those interested in volunteering for pre-work or day-of work can register online, and those with questions can contact Kriss Schulz or Holly Day

On build day, a youth play area will also be on-site for volunteers wishing to bring their children. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all participants.
NWSP Member Spotlight: Melvina Kelverova Zilliox

This installment of the NWSP Member Spotlight focuses on Melvina Kleverova Zilliox. Melvina is a member of the Housing Working Team, and design director for general merchandise at Harley-Davidson. 

Melvina and her husband, Michael, live in an Italianate-style firehouse located in the Martin Drive neighborhood in the Near West Side, within walking distance to Harley-Davidson. Throughout the past seven years living in the 101-year-old house, Melvina and Michael have devoted their time and resources to do-it-yourself renovation projects. 

Read more about Melvina and her commitment to housing in the Near West Side in BizTimes.
Are You Keeping Up with the Near West Side?
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Near West Side News

 "New 'pocket park' unveilied on Near West Side"
 At a recent press conference, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and other city  officials broke ground on a new small-scale public greenspace on the site of a  former vacant lot. The site at N. 28th Street and McKinley Blvd. will be  developed into a sustainable park in the coming months. It is the most recent  in a string of vacant lots being converted into public spaces around Milwaukee  and the first in a broader effort targeting the Near West Side.  

 "Diversity, inclusion stressed in student government's fall plans
 The Marquette University Student Government's fall agenda pushed student involvement with the Milwaukee community. President Zack Wallace said he is particularly enthusastic about engaging with Near West Side Partners, Inc. to "identify ways that students will get to be more interactive with that group and see this area of Milwaukee thrive." 

 "Q&A on 2015-'16 with President Lovell and Provost Myers
 The Wire sat down with Marquette University President Michael Lovell and Provost Daniel Myers to talk about the 2015-'16 school year, including Near West Side Partners and the commitment to reduce crime. 
Congratulations to Five O'Clock Steakhouse!
Congratulations to the Near West Side's own Five O'Clock Steakhouse, which was recently named #13 on the Milwaukee Business Journal's list of Milwaukee area's most upscale restaurants

Head on down to 2416 W. State Street to try some of Milwaukee's finest steaks and seafood from Five O'Clock Steakhouse! 
Save The Date

Friday, September 11: Community Revival
7 PM @ Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Join the Our Savior's Lutheran Church community for a series of inspiring services. 

Saturday, September 12 & Sunday, September 13: Let's Go Rally Weekend
10 AM - 2 PM on Saturday, 10 AM on Sunday @ Our Savior's Lutheran Church
Activities on Saturday include entertainment, refreshments and information tables on the church. Sunday's activities will include worship in the parking lot, followed by a cook-out lunch. 

Monday, September 14: NIDC TIN Designation Information Session
9:30 - 11 AM @ TBD
The Neighborhood Improvement Development Corporation (NIDC) will host an information session for groups and organizations who are interested in applying for Targeted Investment Neighborhood (TIN) designation in their neighborhood on Monday, September 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. (location TBD). This meeting will highlight the application process to apply, group/organization responsibilities of having a TIN designation and the benefits of TIN designation. Groups or organizations located within a designated Community Development Block grant area can register by emailing  

Thursday, September 17: Avenues West Association Luncheon
11:30 AM - 1 PM @ The Ambassador Hotel
Join neighbors from across the Near West Side as representatives from Highland Community School, Milwaukee Academy of Science, Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language and Mesmer/St. Rose Elementary School give a brief presentation on their programming, academic achievements and work within the Near West Side. 

Saturday, September 19 & Sunday, September 20: Doors Open Milwaukee
10 AM - 5 PM
The fifth annual Doors Open Milwaukee event will open the doors to over 150 wonderful buildings free-of-charge to the public - buildings that hold hidden treasures and special stories - from churches to office buildings, theaters to work sites, museums to hotels, clubs to universities - all sites of historic, architectural, cultural or commercial interest. 

Tuesday, November 10: NWSP CEO Symposium
Details TBD 

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