Real estate odds and ends

City issues RFP for former Finney Library
The City of Milwaukee recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking developers interested in purchasing and redeveloping the former Finney Library building at 4243 W. North Ave. The 9,000-square-foot building is located on a 28,900-square-foot lot at the southeast corner of North Avenue and Sherman Boulevard. Responses to the RFP are due on March 22. More information is available at:

Organizing for America open its first Wisconsin office in downtown Milwaukee
Organizing for America opened its first office in Wisconsin recently at 316 N. Milwaukee St. in downtown Milwaukee. 
Organizing for America is a project of the Democratic National Committee committed to building on and strengthening the grassroots network created during the Obama presidential campaign and dedicated to supporting Obama’s agenda. 
“I’m so pleased that OFA is opening in Milwaukee so that we can keep working together to move our country forward,” said Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee.  
“I am proud to work at the grassroots level to create jobs, expand opportunity and prosperity for families and workers across our state, and fight for a stronger Wisconsin for all of us,” said Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.
“OFA is excited to establish its Wisconsin headquarters in Milwaukee,” said OFA Wisconsin state director Dan Grandone. “Milwaukee is a fitting home to continue our grassroots effort statewide. We will organize to ensure the voices of Wisconsin residents are heard in Washington on important issues like the need for job creation and health insurance reform. OFA’s Headquarters will serve as the basis for OFA’s statewide operation in Wisconsin and as a place for trainings, community meetings, local phone banks and canvasses.”

Nominations sought for Mayor’s Design Awards
Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett is encouraging people to nominate exceptional buildings, individuals, spaces, or physical improvements in the city for the annual Mayor’s Design Awards.  Now in its thirteenth year, the awards honor aspects of Milwaukee’s built environment that make our city a lively and engaging place.
“Great people and projects are making Milwaukee more beautiful and livable, and I want to honor those efforts,” Barrett said. “The list of past award winners is an impressive compilation of investment and imagination. Let’s get more projects the attention they deserve.”
People can explore the categories and submit nominations for the Mayor’s Design Awards online at  To receive consideration, nominations should be submitted before Wednesday, March 10, 2010.

Wisconsin Mortgage Corp. achieves record year
Wisconsin Mortgage Corp., a division of Brookfield-based Shorewest Realtors, had a record year in 2009 by completing a loan application volume of more than $401 million. Wisconsin Mortgage helped 2,200 families finance home purchases. The corporation also closed their highest volume in company history with more than 70 percent of that being home purchases. “As we enter our 27th year in business we are proud to continue a long tradition of assisting buyers in financing their home purchases,” said vice president John Inzeo. “Our record year in 2009 reflects the commitment of our entire company assisting customers, and providing high quality and common sense advice for financing their home purchases.” Wisconsin Mortgage Corporation has provided home mortgage loans since 1983.

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