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Harley Davidson, headquartered in Milwaukee, will build a $30million dollar Major Museum, Store, and Restaurant Complex Downtown,in Schlitz Park, to open in summer 2002, in ample time for the 2003Harley Davidson 100th Anniversary Homecoming Reunion. The 95thanniversary bash in 1998 attracted over a 100,000 bikers from aroundthe world. Construction is slated to begin in summer 1999.


The Milwaukee Art Museum recently began construction of adramatic, $50 million addition just south of its current building onthe shore of Lake Michigan. Designed by Spanish-born architect,engineer and sculptor Santiago Calatrava, the addition will be thefirst Calatrava building completed in the U.S. It will be completedin 2000. The centerpiece of the project is a grand gathering place --a transparent structure enclosed by a light-controlling sunscreenwhich can be raised or lowered, creating a dramatic "sculpture" whichthe architect has likened to a bird in flight. The atrium is designedto resemble an old lake schooner, its glass sails unfurling at thetouch of sunlight.

The Milwaukee Brewers will soon be in their new home, Miller Park,with its retractable roof, the first in the US. The new facility isbeing built in the County Stadium centerfield parking lot and willopen for opening day 2000.

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Redevelopment of vacant Marshall Fields building on Wisconsin Aveat the river to be anchored by a new 131-room Marriott Residence Innto be created in a large portion of the vacant building. As a resultof the $20 million hotel development -- as well as pending deals toconvert some of the building into offices -- the Field's buildingowners expect to begin redeveloping the property by early fall, 1999.Ivory Tusk LLC, the company formed by Orenstein and Irgens toredevelop the Field's building, plans to demolish a portion of thebuilding that faces N. Plankinton Ave., about halfway between W.Wisconsin Ave. and W. Michigan St. That will create a centralentrance for the building.

A new master plan for the downtown proposes to turn the citycenter -- bordered roughly by Walnut St., Pleasant St., Interstate 43and the Milwaukee River as it snakes down into the Third Ward -- intoa dense, leafy village of sorts, humming with new housing andentertainment spots and accessible on foot and by transit, as well asby car.

It's part of a larger effort to integrate the city with thenatural assets -- the Milwaukee River and Lake Michigan -- thatdefine our community and distinguish it from other aging industrialcenters. The river has already seen an explosion of condo andrestaurant development -- adding more than $48 million in assessedvalue between 1996 and 1998 alone -- thanks to the downtownRiverWalk. Soon the lake, too, will become more accessible on foot,part of a burst of activity along its shore. More.

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