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Feb 2, 2021

Milwaukee again pauses demolition ban, freezing deconstruction rules until 2022

A Milwaukee committee has decided again to postpone the enforcement of the city's deconstruction ordinance, which requires contractors to disassemble rather than demolish blighted homes.

Mar 25, 2020

Milwaukee altering building inspections as construction continues amid COVID-19

The city of Milwaukee's Department of Neighborhood Services is altering its building-inspection procedures amid the city's COVID-19 outbreak.

Mar 3, 2020

City likely to cut ties with company in $1.2M deconstruction contract

In another wrinkle for Milwaukee's struggling deconstruction program, local officials are moving to cut ties with a company hired last year to take apart, rather than tear down, 50 blighted houses in the city.

Jan 14, 2020

Milwaukee extends deconstruction freeze, plans contractor training sessions

Milwaukee officials on Tuesday recommended maintaining a freeze on a policy that had previously required the deconstruction, rather than demolition, of certain dilapidated properties throughout the city.

Nov 7, 2019

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

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.

Jan 8, 2019

Milwaukee committee favors pausing deconstruction policy, after blight spread in 2018

After seeing the number of condemned properties increase in the city last year, Milwaukee officials voted on Tuesday to recommend postponement for a city policy requiring contractors to deconstruct rather than demolish historic houses.

Jan 23, 2018

Assembly approves bill relaxing rental regulations

The Wisconsin Assembly approved another Republican bill to protect landlords Tuesday, this time passing a measure that would limit local governments' authority to inspect rental properties and crack down on emotional support animals in apartments.

Apr 13, 2017

In wake of housing inspector death, Milwaukee leaders consider new safety practices

As Milwaukee leaders consider ways to make employees safer when they’re in the field, one official says he knows some city workers are packing more than just their lunch for a day on the jobsite.

Mar 27, 2017

Three charged in fatal shooting of city inspector

Three men have been charged with killing a Milwaukee city inspector during an attempted carjacking.

Mar 26, 2017

5 arrested in death of Milwaukee home inspector

Five people have been arrested in the shooting death of a Milwaukee home inspector.

Mar 24, 2017

Memorial fund established for slain Milwaukee housing inspector

Gov. Scott Walker is calling for flags around the state to be lowered to half-staff following the death of a Milwaukee housing inspector.

Mar 23, 2017

Milwaukee housing inspector killed while on duty

City officials in Milwaukee have identified a housing inspector who was shot and killed while on duty.


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