Faust Building Development

Faust_0850July 20th marked the most recent neighborhood meeting for the Faust Building Development, and it seems a productive compromise has finally been reached.

A little background: property owner, Mikko Erkamaa, had originally purchased the long vacant Faust Building with the hope of obtaining a historic preservation credit. The building did not qualify, however, and upon deeper excavation of the site, it was determined that its structure and facade were beyond restoration. In addition, Erkamaa was not allowed to retain any reference to the former Faust Music or Faust Drum Center as per a condition of purchase. The exploration of options for redevelopment of the space into a multihousing complex led to six neighborhood meetings and several redesigns by architect Joel Agaki and Dermond Properties. With guidance from the Department of City Development and after taking into account several suggestions and concerns raised by Bay View community members, this final design is a more subtle blend into the neighboring commercial spaces.  Continue reading

Proposed Curbside Compost Collection for Bay View

Milwaukee Ald. Tony Zielinski, whose district covers much of Bay View, is no stranger to repurposing the unwanted. It was Zielinski who first proposed cheese brine as a substitute for road salt. That experiment proved successful, but after transportation costs ran too high, the city undertook a method to produce its own brine.

Now, the alderman is looking to pilot a curbside composting program in his South Side neighborhood. 

In fact, he says, “it’s high time the city of Milwaukee gets started in the compost collection business.”  Read more here


From Twelve12 Hospitality, the ownership group of Crafty Cow in Oconomowoc, comes Bumstead Provisions, a new shopping, dining and bar experience in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood.  Bumstead will revive the classic small town general store aesthetic while serving the most popular craft brews and a unique dining experience akin to deli-meets-bistro. Diners will enjoy a rustic atmosphere and opportunities to dine and drink while they shop. The small grocery will feature an eclectic mix of spreads, oils, sauces, chocolates and more while the deli will serve up some of the finest meats and cheeses in the area.  Continue reading

Milwaukee’s Bay View Neighborhood Gets a New Bed and Breakfast

Published in the Milwaukee Business Journal: “The opening of The Muse Gallery Guesthouse on April 10 is another example of how residents of Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood continue to leverage the area’s social popularity and geographic location to spur economic growth. It is the newest bed and breakfast located in the area, and the type of business focused on tourism that Bay View had not previously permitted in its immediate area …” read the full story here

Developers are bullish on Bay View

The Kinnickinnic Avenue corridor in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood continues to gain momentum as developers are planning a pair of major apartment projects.

“KK is a very hot area,” said Alderman Tony Zielinski, who represents Bay View. “Success begets more success. The cat’s out of the bag: this is a great place to live.”  

The most noteworthy project planned on or near KK is a $40 million redevelopment project with 307 market rate apartments planned by a joint venture of Milwaukee-based WiRED Properties and Indianapolis-based Milhaus Development …..       Read the full article here

The Muse Gallery Guesthouse Celebrates Grand Opening with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Milwaukee, WI March 23, 2015 – The Muse Gallery Guesthouse, a new bed and breakfast art gallery located in Bay View, has its grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, April 10th at 6:30pm at 602 E. Lincoln Avenue.

Alderman Tony Zielinski, who was integral to the process of opening The Muse says, “Thanks to Mary Ellen Hermann and Andrew Meechan, Bay View now has an additional amenity in the form of a BnB.” Alderman Zielinski will lead the ribbon cutting ceremony and immediately following, the innkeepers will provide tours of the new inn and gallery space. Light refreshments and live music will be available at the open house celebration. Continue reading

Grand Opening of the Historic Avalon Theater on Kinnickinnic Avenue

Lee Barczak, owner of the Avalon Theater and Alderman Tony Zielinski at the Grand Opening of the Historic Avalon Theater on Kinnickinnic Avenue, December 18, 2014.  “Tony Zielinski was critical to the opening of the Avalon Theater by refusing to support non-theater proposals before mine came along. Moreover, Tony needed to assure me that I could get a liquor license, city funding and help with navigating the city bureaucracy before I bought the property.  Lee Barczak, owner of the Avalon Theater.Barczak


The official soft opening of the Avalon is Monday, 15 December 2014. Noon is the official time the theater is open starting with a tour. At 12:30 p.m. the movie, “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” begins. Then at 3:45 p.m. “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” begins. Another tour starts at 6:00 p.m. The last movie of the day starting at 7:15 p.m. is “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.” About 150 tickets have been purchased and there is seating capacity for 230. If you want to still purchase a ticket for $100 you can visit www.bayviewhistoricalsociety.org. The ticket gets you access to any or all of the movies along with free popcorn and soda. The beer and wine cost extra.
*** Remember that the extra cost is due to the fact that the first three days are a fundraiser to help make the Beulah Brinton House handicapped accessible. Thank you!

Sheppard Express Article / Thursday, October 16, 2014

ArtStop3Be honest: do you have any idea what an alderman is?According to the all-wise Wikipedia, a ‘Board of Aldermen’ is “the governing executive or legislative body of many cities and towns in the United States. The term is sometimes used instead of city council, but it can also refer to an executive board independent of the council, or to what is essentially an upper house of a bicameral legislature.”

Very well, but what does an alderperson do?

If you are Alderman Tony Zielinski of Milwaukee’s 14th Aldermanic District (Yes, aldermanic. That is the official term) you spearhead Bay View’s new ArtStop transit shelter. Continue reading


ArtStopEvening_2014Friday, October 3, the formal unveiling of the Art Stop took place from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Howell Avenue was closed off from KK to Lincoln so all attendees could enjoy the Ethan Keller Group perform etc. . A number of the businesses joined the celebration by offering specials on their food and/or drink items. We are pleased to unveil this eye catching and colorful new Art Stop as part of our growing cultural community.
Alderman Tony Zielinski


As part of our Pedestrian Crosswalk Enforcement Program I am presenting the latest numbers.

As part of our ongoing efforts to make the crosswalks safe for pedestrians we will continue various means to get the message across that motorists must yield for pedestrians as crosswalks. As you can see the police are starting to issue more citations for these violations Continue reading


Today, Wednesday, September 10th at 9:45 a.m. the City’s Pubic Works Committee unanimously approved my resolution to work the the Department of Public Works to identify ways the city would promote composting. I envision one of the possible scenarios could include working with our own Melissa Tashjian’s  Kompost Kids and/or Will Allen’s Growing Power.  Pasted below is a copy of the Resolution. Continue reading


There is an opportunity for public testimony during the City’s Judiciary Committee meeting on Monday, September 15th at 1:30 p.m. in room 301-b of City Hall. Since i introduced the resolution Common Council President Mike Murphy joined as a co-sponsor as did the Chair of the Finance Committee, Nik Kovac. Recently, the Chair of the Public Works Committee Bob Bauman joined on as a co-sponsor as well. Here is the background on the resolution. Alderman Zielinski seeks halt to ‘anti solar, anti-renewable energy’ We Energies rate hike Alderman Tony Zielinski said he will introduce legislation next week urging the full Common Council to go on record in opposition to a requested rate increase that could boost electric rates for homeowners and other residential customers of We Energies by nearly 5% in January 2015. Continue reading