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Coffee Break: Make Way for the New Alterra Cafe

Demolition begins on the former Aurora Medical Clinic at 68th and Wells streets, which has sat vacant for 10 years.

With a rumble and a roar and a cloud of dust, Brian Bruckner of Great Lakes Excavating began the work Monday of knocking down the former medical building at 6745 W. Wells St.

It was a sound and a sight for which neighbors of the Hyde Park business district have been waiting 10 years.

The site will be occupied by . The Milwaukee-based coffee company hopes to build anew and be .

Bruckner attracted a small audience of neighborhood moms and kids to watch the beginning of the destruction – among them Nicole Kubicki with her 3-year-old son, Riley, because, she said, "Little boys love big machines."

And after it was under way, Riley confirmed that with his opinion:

"Wow, cool!"

Dick at SCORE September 12, 2012 at 03:00 PM
@H.E.Pennypacker You are incorrect in your pejoratively phrased assumption regarding "geezers" and "no property tax spending". The proposed development was a $2.5 Million condo with parking for its eight units, fully tax-paying. Its residents may or may not have been seniors, but they would be able to pay the developer his $2.5MM plus a reasonable profit, which translates (at only a 10% mark-on, 9% gross profit on sales, for for the developer) to 2.75MM or about $285,000 per unit, which should yield at least $6,000 each ($48,000 total) tax revenue, annually. Regardless of age, anyone able to spent nearly three big ones and six grand a year on housing, is unlikely to be living solely on Social Security. What is Alterra paying in property tax? Oh never mind, it's a done deal. I'll just watch the traffic from the park bench at 68th and The Avenue, and sip my better quality, $1.06, 20 oz. McDonald's java.
H.E. Pennypacker September 12, 2012 at 03:04 PM
Yes one was proposed and one was a done deal....see the difference? It was proposed for how long? How many more years should we put up with blight? I know you 1960s burnout flower children are used to seeing blight and ghetto type buildings. This was going to be another section 8 housing for geezers, not a high end condo complex. Enjoy your brown water from McDonalds.
TosaGirl September 12, 2012 at 11:49 PM
The condos are water over the dam; let's let that go and move forward. Many events conspired to cause the condo project never to happen. I'd focus on what is happening over on 104th and North Avenue in Wauwatosa. A four-story office building has been torn down with no word on what, if anything, will go on that site. That does not bode well for either Mayfair or the City of Wauwatosa. And how is Wauwatosa progressing on development of the site called the Burleigh Triangle? Or was that the Bermuda Triangle with an unkempt appearance and the signs of blight for the community?
Carrie McKenzie September 13, 2012 at 03:26 AM
I am concerned with the impact this may have on other businesses, such as La Tarte right across the street. How many coffee shops does Tosa need?
greensheet September 13, 2012 at 03:36 PM
I am going to bet that La Tarte will busier than ever. That's what happens when you bring in over 500 new people into the area per day.

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