To the south of Wisconsin Avenue, the housing stock is more modest in character, reflecting the economic status of the working class residents who had jobs in the adjacent Menomonee Valley. The houses have also sustained a greater degree of alteration so there are fewer properties eligible for historic status located here. The housing stock here dates from the 1880s to the 1920s.
In summary, the Avenues West Redevelopment Plan Area is a microcosm of residential, commercial, educational and institutional development from the 1880s to the 1920s. This was a neighborhood that prospered in the 1880s and experienced renewal and building through the 1920s. Not even Milwaukee’s East Side had the rich variety of 19th century architectural styles that could compare to this Near West Side area. The buildings with historic status and those eligible for historic status enhance the character of the district, and add value to the neighborhood. It is recommended that buildings with historic status or eligibility for historic status will not be razed. Likewise, it is recommended that efforts be made to preserve original features that remain on buildings that have otherwise been sided over with aluminum and vinyl. Such details as widow hoods, dentil moldings, original porches, and original windows all add character and help to give scale, value and authenticity to the neighborhood. Preserving such details will encourage and help guide future owners in the sensitive renovations/restorations of the buildings.
Existing Historic designations:
This redevelopment area is primarily zoned Multi-Family Residential and Local Business. The (LB2) zoning description allows for the principal uses proposed in this renewal plan for a "SoHi" Main Street District. The various (RM4) (RM5) (RM6) (RM7),(RO2) (RT3) (RT4) (RS4) (RS5) residential zoning descriptions allow for residential uses that support and maintain a stable tax base in the surrounding neighborhood. However the mix of single-family, multi-family and commercialuses that has occurred in recent years requires a greater degree of design control to ensure that the land use objectives and intent of this Plan are met. Particular areas that need to be addressed are landscape code compliance, parking lot design, context-sensitive architectural design, and design to ensure compatibility between uses that vary in intensity.
The existing zoning is shown on Map No. 5 - Existing Zoning Map, attached to this Plan.
Targeted population density for this neighborhood is provided in the City of Milwaukee Code of Ordinances for residential uses. This Plan does not recommend land use(s) that exceed this targeted density.
Land Coverage and Building Density
These objectives shall be achieved by adhering to provisions contained within the Milwaukee Code of Ordinances and urban design guidelines for building placement and site design.
Present and Potential Equalized Value for Property Tax Purposes
The Present and Potential Equalized Value for Property Tax Purposes is shown in Exhibit B – Table of Value for Property Tax Purposes, attached to this Plan.
1. This redevelopment area is currently zoned Residential (RM4) (RM5) (RM6) (RM7),(RO2) (RT3) (RT4) (RS4) (RS5), Local Business (LB2) , Commercial Service (CS) and Detailed Planned Development (DPD), as shown in Map No. 5 – Existing Zoning Map. See Proposed Zoning Map for proposed zoning changes.
PROCEDURE FOR CHANGES IN THE APPROVED PLAN
At any time after this project area plan has been approved by the Authority and the Common Council of the City of Milwaukee, it may be modified in accordance with the provisions and procedures established in the applicable subsections of Section 66.1333 (6) (b), Wisconsin Statutes.
Excluded property, parcels currently not identified for acquisition on Map 5, may be considered for acquisition by the Authority if, during the course of project execution, it is subsequently determined that such property is:
Converted or devoted to a use not in conformance with the objectives of this Plan;
Needed to provide a more marketable site;
If identified for acquisition on Map 4 – Land Acquisition Plan, property later may be excluded from acquisition during the course of project execution upon the written request of the property owner and subsequent approval by the Authority under the following conditions:
The owner submits a specific plan or program of action indicating that the proposed use, construction or reconstruction is in conformance with the objectives of the financial feasibility of complying with all mandatory standards for property rehabilitation as may be required by the Authority;
The property has since been acquired by an adjacent retained use provided, however, that any presently existing buildings on such property are demolished and the land is redeveloped in accordance with the regulations specified in Section D of this Plan as determined by the Authority;
Redevelopment, rehabilitation, reconstruction, or use of the property by the present owner or his assigns is consistent with the objectives, permitted land uses, and regulations specified in Sections B and C of this Plan as determined by the Authority.
3. A change in the approved plan shall not be required in connection with any properties acquired under the procedures set forth in Section D.1.b. of this Plan.