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Future forecast: Bay View

A look into the Magic 8 Ball gives glimpse into year ahead

Jan. 24, 2007

What is ahead for Bay View in 2007? Some local residents have some practical, and some ethereal, predictions as the new year begins.

Kathy Mulvey, president of the South Shore Park Watch, is looking forward to a number of projects the organization has on tap for 2007.

Mulvey said she expects Milwaukee County to designate South Shore Park as a dog-friendly park sometime this spring. Although dogs are currently banned in the park, there has been little enforcement of that policy and park visitors have largely ignored the rule.

She said John and Anne Nehring, who own Groppi's Food Market, have offered to purchase covered trash receptacles, with plastic bag dispensers, to make the park even more dog-friendly.

Environmental issues

The South Shore breakwater restoration which began in 2006 is slated to be completed this year, Mulvey noted.

"I think it's going to be a boon to all when it finally gets done," she said.

In the culmination of seven to eight years of discussions with the county, Mulvey said about 40 feet of the bluff on South Shore Drive, next to the pumping station, will be cleared and re-planted with low-growing native plants, essentially creating a natural rain garden.

"The county is not moving forward with this, but they did say we (the park group) could do this if we provided money for the plants," Mulvey said. "Whatever happens, we're going to do this in May."

County officials will have final approval for the plans, she added.

Anyone interested in donating funds for the new plantings can call Mulvey at (414) 744-0408.

Out and about

Two now-traditional events also will occur in the park in 2007 - Earth Day on April 26, and the opening of the South Shore Farmers' Market in June.

Dimitrijevic also has the park on her mind as she looks ahead to the new year. She said she plans to schedule another free concert in South Shore Park this year, after the free concert idea debuted in 2006.

Elsewhere in Bay View, Dimitrijevic said as a resident and county supervisor, she is looking forward to a new restaurant, Classic Slice Pizza, slated to open soon in the old Grandma Emma's building at South Kinnickinnic Avenue and South California Street. She said she also is eagerly anticipating the new shopping area being built by Joyce Parker, called Skylight Mall, on East Russell and South Kinnickinnic avenues.

"My resolution for myself is to really enjoy all the new little restaurants and shops in Bay View," Dimitrijevic said.

A major initiative she is working on as a supervisor is to push for a Milwaukee County Greenprint, a 15-point plan Dimitrijevic is developing that would require the county to adopt "green" policies such as performance contracting, environmentally-friendly construction and stormwater management.

"It's probably one of the biggest things I've worked on since I've been elected," she said. "It's going to be a very complex piece of legislation that will cover every base needed."

She said she hopes to introduce the plan in the February legislative cycle.

BVNA projects on tap

The Bay View Neighborhood Association also will introduce some new initiatives in 2007 and continue projects that began in 2006, said Stephanie Harling, the group's president.

In 2006, the association began working on a public art project for Bay View and advocated for beautifying the concrete triangle on South Kinnickinnic and East Lincoln avenues.

Harling said the group also is working with Humboldt Park Watch to expand the Chill on the Hill free concert series at Humboldt Park, 3000 S. Howell Ave., for more than four weeks.

The Winter Fun in Bay View event is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 11, at the South Shore Park pavilion, featuring community organizations and local businesses as well as food and entertainment.

Planning for the 2007 edition of the Bay View Bash, organized by the association, will begin in January or February, Harling said.

"It will be bigger and better than last year," she said.

For the first time, the association will begin a strategic planning process this year, Harling said, and new ideas and initiatives should spring from that.

A new board of directors for the association will be elected at the BVNA's annual meeting.

"We're very happy to bring in new people and new blood," Harling said. Anyone interested in more details about running for the board should call Harling at (414) 744-5343.

And the stars say…

Bay View astrologer Victoria Just has some general predictions for 2007, and they are generally rosy.

Just said after many people struggled with work and personal issues in 2006, the new year promises to be much happier, especially when September rolls around.

Based on her reading of the alignment of planets, Just said, "In September, people are really going to get down to business."

Just predicts more people, especially men, will be entering the healing professions, such as nursing. She also predicts a "big surge" in higher education as more people return to school to complete their degrees.

"I really think we're going back to that communal, hippie time in our lives," she said. "Things will be a lot more peaceful, but not until September. This year is priming the pump for happiness in general, for responsibility and compassion."

Claiming no psychic or astrological ability whatsoever, Alderman Tony Zielinski predicts ground will be broken for the new Mod Lofts residential/commercial complex at South Kinnickinnic and East Lincoln avenues this year.

Zielinski also sees a medium-sized grocery store in Bay View's future, sometime in late 2007, but declined to identify the location.

As the year progresses, stay tuned to www.BayViewNOW.com for all the latest developments.

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