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Bucks will meet with public at Thursday meeting

The Bucks owners will sit down with the public and the city at 5:30 tonight to discuss the proposed arena.

The city is about one month away from its final vote to approve the city's 47-million-dollar portion of the bucks arena. The state would pitch in a 203 million dollars state subsidy. Alderman Bob Bauman says there is still a lot of missing information from the Bucks.

\"We have no specifics yet, no site plans, there's a lot of renderings, so there's a lot of details that haven't been filled in.\"

Bauman says he has two main concerns-- one is the lack of arena design.

Bauman says, \"One of their representatives called it the butt of the building, facing the north side of the City of Milwaukee, that's not good optics, or good design so we've asked them to go back to the drawing board, on the design of the arena itself.\" 

His second concern is the lack of planning in the entertainment district.

\"Are we just creating too many venues than what the community can support, all of which we can't determine yet because we don't have all the details.\"

The mayor says he's still positive about the project. 

Mayor Tom Barrett says, \"This is something we have to get done, so we're going to continue to make sure we're moving in the right direction.\"

He says if anything is a concern, it's this--

Barrett says, \"The other issue is the lease with the Wisconsin center district to make sure there are enough safe guards to make sure the team doesn't leave the city.\"

These are all loose ends that need to be tied up before the city votes, next month. If you live near the arena district and want to attend tonight's meeting it's at Hillside Family Resource Center on 1452 N. 7th Street. 

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