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Leaky theater roof needs public support (12:47 p.m. 7/21/09)

Sean Ryan
The owners of the Modjeska Theater in Milwaukee are asking the city for a $228,110 grant because they can’t book shows until the leaky roof is fixed.

Building co-owners Mitchell Street Development Opportunities Corp. and Modjeska Theater Project LLC plan to spend an estimated $9 million renovating the building but can’t do the project until they fix the roof and begin making money from the theater and a restaurant in the structure. A restaurant in the building closed earlier this year on orders from the Milwaukee Department of Neighborhood Services because the heat vent is not up to code.

The proposed grant includes $151,000 for roof repairs and $35,000 to repair the heat vent in the vacant restaurant space. The grant also includes $42,110 to install solar panels, a solar water-heating system and a small wind turbine on the roof.

The city grant would come out of the tax-incremental financing district the city created in 2007 to support redevelopment projects around Historic Mitchell Street.  

The grant gained approval from the city’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee on Tuesday. If the Common Council approves the grant July 28, the project could begin in late summer or early fall.

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