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After fits and false starts, Milwaukee officials mark city’s first deconstruction job

Darnell Williams, of Spencer Renovation & Construction, pulls a nail from a stud at a house his employer is taking down at 3041 N. 6th St. in Milwaukee. It's the first house in Milwaukee to be deconstructed, rather than demolished, nearly two years after local officials adopted an ordinance requiring deconstruction for blighted properties. (Staff photo by Nate Beck)

City officials celebrated Milwaukee's first deconstruction project on Thursday, admiring the work of a contractor taking apart a vacant house on the city's north side — some two years after a policy was enacted requiring blighted homes to be taken apart instead of torn down.

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Report: Construction costs likely to rise in Milwaukee next year

Crews work in April on the 25-story office tower BMO Harris Bank is having built in downtown Milwaukee across Wells Street from city hall. The high-rise is just one of many projects that have contributed to the city’s unprecedented building boom of recent years. Officials at Mortenson Construction recently released a report finding that demand for construction services is likely to remain strong in the Milwaukee area next year even as materials prices rise and economic recession becomes a real possibility. (Staff photo by Dan Shaw)

Although a steady backlog of work is expected to keep commercial contractors busy in Milwaukee next year, the city’s tight labor market could continue to drive up costs even as an economic slowdown looms, according to a recent report.

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ON THE LEVEL: Henken helps guide decisions on ‘seemingly insurmountable’ backlog of infrastructure projects

Rob Henken

When Rob Henken and his fellow researchers at the Wisconsin Policy Forum set out a few years ago to study Milwaukee city and county’s backlog of need infrastructure repairs and replacements, they knew they were likely to come up with a long to-do list. What they discovered still came as a bit of a shock.

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