Updated plans released for Couture development along lakefront

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by Matt Doyle

MILWAUKEE -- There's a revised plan for a highrise along Milwaukee's lakefront.  The updated plans include new drawings that make some significant changes to the original plan.  The plan focuses on the Downtown Transit Center, which is across from Discovery World. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Milwaukee County County Executive Chris Abele released the new plans Wednesday.  The updated plan includes more transportation access - specifically bus connections and a street car stop.
 
The development will have a rooftop park, walkway to the lake, bike sharing station, public parking and more. The center of all this is a 44-story Couture Tower which would be an anchor along the lakefront.
 
Another highlight includes additional jobs.  Projections show 150 permanent jobs along with nearly 2100 construction jobs.
 
It would also add $68 million in property tax revenue over 30 years -- right now there's none.

The County Executive's office sent an informational report to the County Board, that will open public discussion this month.  They could send a final proposal next month to the Milwaukee County Board.
 

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