City seeks federal funds for Astronautics HQ at Pabst, streetcar

City of Milwaukee officials recently submitted a $141 million wish list of appropriations requests to Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wisconsin, and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee.
The city’s appropriations requests includes $750,000 to help Astronautics Corp. move its headquarters to a building in the former Pabst brewery complex, $70 million to expand the proposed downtown streetcar line to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee campus, $15.2 million to replace the Pleasant Street Bridge and to cover unfunded costs to replace the Juneau Avenue bridge.
Astronautics, based at 4115 N. Teutonia Ave., Milwaukee, is considering plans to consolidate its operations. The company also has manufacturing plants at 1426 W. National Ave. and 133 E. Washington St., both in Milwaukee, and in New Jersey.
“Astronautics is a valuable Milwaukee employer,” says the city’s appropriations request list. “(The Department of City Development) is assisting the company in locating and developing a central operations site for the company. The Pabst development site is an ideal location for the company. DCD (would) use the funding to build out and re-design a portion of the Pabst site to accommodate research facilities for Astronautics.”
The city’s appropriations requests also include $350,000 for streetscaping in the 30th Street Industrial Corridor, $150,000 to plan a Milwaukee Gateway Aerotropolis area around Mitchell International Airport and $1 million to renovate the Woodlands condominiums at 8951 N. 95th St.

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