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Alderman challenges Milwaukee school site redevelopment

A Milwaukee alderman has indicated he does not support the size of a proposed redevelopment of the former Dover Street School.

Alderman Tony Zielinski, whose district includes the former school at 619 E. Dover St., objects to the new construction included in a proposal from Milwaukee-based Maures Development Group LLC, according to a news release attributed to Zielinski. The objections are based on concerns that the project would require too much parking and be too dense for the area.

Maures proposed an $18.15 million project that would include renovating the school and adding three buildings to the 4.56-acre site. The development would include 110 apartments.

Maures President Melissa Goins declined to comment on Zielinski’s concerns, according to an email attributed to her.

Representatives from Baltimore-based Seawall Development Co. and St. Paul, Minn.-based CommonBond Communities Inc., which are the other members of the development group, did not respond to requests for comment before deadline Monday.

According to a text message sent Saturday and attributed to Zielinski, he was not ready to elaborate on his objections.

Earlier this month, Zielinski said neighbors of the proposed development who attended a public meeting said they were worried the project was too large for the site.

According to the release, Zielinski still supports redeveloping the building but is unsure if the development team would pursue that route.

About Beth Kevit

Beth Kevit is the Milwaukee city beat reporter and also covers real estate. She can be reached at beth.kevit@dailyreporter.com or 414-225-1820.

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