City panel approves redevelopment plans for new Mexican bakery in Washington Park

Owner purchased city-owned property for $7,500

3720-24 W. Vliet St. Photo by Google.

Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:22 pm

3720-24 W. Vliet St. Photo by Google.

A new Mexican-style bakery and deli is in the works for Milwaukee’s Washington Park neighborhood after a city panel approved a proposal for the redevelopment of a two-story, 4,416-square-foot building.

Owner Maria Arias Reyes purchased the property, located at 3720-24 W. Vliet St., from the city for $7,500.

She plans to spend $60,000 to renovate the building’s exterior storefront, ground floor retail space, and three upper level residential units, according to a land disposition report from the city. The city acquired the property in 2015 through property tax foreclosure.

The bakery will serve traditional Mexican dishes, such as tamales, and will offer dine-in seating.

Reyes’ husband, Felipe Diaz, is a general contractor who will head the renovation project, which includes electrical and plumbing, high-efficiency heating, energy-efficient fixtures and cabinetry, flooring, drywall and painting. Reyes’ son, Jonas Diaz Arias, will assist with the business’ daily operations.

The city’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee approved Reyes’ plans on May 1. The project will head to the full Common Council for approval.

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Maredithe Meyer
Maredithe Meyer started as an intern reporter at BizTimes in summer 2015. She currently covers entertainment, sports, tourism and restaurants. In May 2017, she graduated with a journalism degree from Marquette University where she worked as an in-depth projects reporter for the Marquette Wire and Marquette Tribune.