What will replace Bradley Center space?
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- With Fiserv Forum now open, the BMO Harris Bradley Center's days are numbered. The old arena will be torn down.
Bucks Senior Vice President Alex Lasry says they want to work fast, but smart on replacing the Bradley Center.
“You only get one shot at this," Lasry said. "And if you mess up it becomes a big problem.”
Lasry joined several community leaders to talk about possibilities to fill the space.
Most wanted something to attract both families and young adults.
“Everybody wants to see this really high-density, mixed-use development that occurs," Milwaukee Downtown CEO Beth Weirick said. "They want to see something that’s going to add to the tax base, that’s going to be supportive of the strong nighttime economy.”
Office space, green space, parking, housing, and hotels were all left on the table.
Some said the city needs hotels with more amenities to attract big events.
“We really need one or two more hotels that offer 24-hour room service, a business center," Marty Brooks with the Wisconsin Center District said. "Places where VIPs are accustomed to staying, and the service and amenities are there all the time.”
Lasry says he wants an open district that’s walkable and hopes whatever replaces the Bradley Center acts as a bridge to the rest of the area
“That is really the connective tissue that is going to connect the Wisconsin Center District, everything that’s going on Wisconsin Avenue and creating this real entertainment campus west of the river, and so we need to make sure whatever goes there is smart.”
The Bucks say whatever ends up going in its place, the Bradley Center will be completely torn down in three to six months.