Alterra coming to Bay View? Public meeting on Monday.

Apparently so. They have plans for it and everything. They plan to use the currently empty (and, frankly, unattractive) bank building at the corner of Lincoln and KK as a bakery and cafe.

The Bay View Compass has a lengthy article on this. It’s fitting that we’ll be getting an Alterra here. We joked in the April Fools content of the last issue of the Compass about how the acupuncturists and salons were getting into a tiff with each other. Or maybe it was the cafés and the salons. I don’t have it in front of me, and it’s not online. (Therefore, it doesn’t exist! Right?…)

Two of my friends have long hounded Alterra for getting a sweetheart deal on their lakefront cafe at the pumping station. Part of me agrees. Part of me wonders how much government involvement is needed to help revitalize old portions of the city. And part of me wonders who initiated the deal-making that gave them such a good rate. It certainly helped launch Alterra toward becoming sort of a local Starbucks—with much better coffee.

We do need something there on the corner of Lincoln and KK. The empty building is an eyesore and a drag on the otherwise busiest corner of Bay View. And if anything can be done to improve the stretch of Lincoln west from there, we need to hear about that, too.

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Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.