This probably doesn’t mean that much to most of you, but it’s curious to me.
As noted in Tom Daykin’s “Land and Space” blog on 30 March 2010, the packaging company Chryspac “has signed a lease for 33,000 square feet at a building at 130 W. Edgerton Ave…” That is just south of Layton and west of Howell. Probably a bit cleaner and more modern than the place they were in at 2107 S. 1st St. That is right at the shoulder made by the Kinnickinnic River, and in the heart of Milwaukee’s grand old south side industrial corridor. They also get about 7,000 more square feet at the new airport site than they had at their future-former location.
It was hard to tell by looking that Chryspac was even open. So much of that old industrial area has been abandoned and fallen into disrepair. Perhaps more of it is alive than would first seem. Either way, this opens up a big chunk of the intersection of Beecher St. and 1st St. for redevelopment. I’ve got a concept in mind of an “entertainment corridor” running from 1st and Mitchell down to Chase and Oklahoma. We’ve got Transfer at the northern end of that run. Southwind Marina is there along Lincoln Ave. in the middle. Baran Park and Lincoln Field are on the west side. Redevelop the southern area boxed in by Chase, Oklahoma, and Rosedale, and you’re talking.
It’s an idea.