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Avalon Theatre Update T he Avalon Theatre is still well over a year away from being re-opened. The reason for the delay is that the project is turning out to be more expensive than originally planned. Origi- nally, the project was to cost in the neighborhood of $4 million but now could be as much as $7 million. So far I have secured financial assistance for the project and I am in the process of securing significant additional financial assistance.

Ald. Tony Zielinski and Avalon Theatre owner Lee Barczak (left) hold a rendering depicting what the theatre will look like when complete.

The plan is to retain the historical integrity of the building while expanding the number of screens. A couple of extra screens will be added in the balcony that will be closed off from the main theatre. Each one of the two screens should accommodate 150 people. Additionally, the apart- ments will be replaced with an upscale boutique hotel. Another addition will be a 5,000 square foot full service restaurant. This restaurant will also provide food and beverages for the movie- goers wanting to eat and drink during the movie.

Crime Prevention: The Block Watch Program Works

E xpanding the Block Watch program in the 14th District has been one of Ald. Zielinski’s top priorities since taking office. Just as he’s done with the Ohio Park Neighborhood Association, he has been working successfully to put together partnerships with neigh- borhood groups and area business- es to expand the number of Block Watch groups in the district.

“The Block Watch program is designed to make neighborhoods safer places to live, work and play and, therefore, can help provide a safer environment for our chil- dren,” said Ald. Zielinski, who has also been setting up and attending Block Watch meetings regularly in the district for years. “Good Block Watch organizations can help stabilize entire neighborhoods and business areas, and that’s why I support them so strongly.”

Most crimes are crimes of “opp- ortunity” and therefore can be pre- vented. The Block Watch program provides residents with specific information on how to reduce or eliminate opportunities for crimes.

Ald. Tony Zielinski met recently with officers of the Ohio Park Neighbor- hood Association to discuss its Block Watch efforts. The group represents the area bounded by S. 6th St. on the east, S. 13th St. on the west, W. Morgan Ave. on the south, and W. Oklahoma Ave. on the north.

To start up a Block Watch, please contact Ald. Zielinski at 286-2873 or call one of the community liaison officers of the 2nd Police District at 935-7228. Then talk to your neighbors to get as many residents on your block involved as possible. Officers will assist in providing information at the first meeting. The program will improve communication, co- operation and organization among residents, as well as between resi- dents and the Milwaukee Police Department.

If you would like Ald. Zielinski to attend one of your Block Watch meetings (even “organizational” meetings), please call his office at 286-2873.

When citizens become involved in a Block Watch, a common bond develops between neighbors that instills neighborhood pride and protectiveness. This can only enhance the quality of life in our city.

Restaurant Group Expands To Bay View

Merryweather’s Super Bar & Eatery will soon be opening in a building at Lincoln and Kin- nickinnic Avenues in Bay View,

Ald. Zielinski said.

“The restaurant group, which owns and operates Trocadero and Café Hollander, saw a great opportunity to become part of the mix of businesses that are making Lincoln and KK a thriving dining and entertain- ment destination,” hesaid.

In a recent news article, partners Eric Wagner and Mike Eitel said the thriving, dynamic neighbor- hood and a corner building full of character were too much to pass up. “It definitely fits our model,” Wagner said, adding: “we absolutely love the idea of breathing new life into such a great building.”

“Alderman Tony Zielinski’s input and support were contributing factors as we made the decision to invest in Bay View,” Wagner said.

Existing businesses in the area include next door neighbor Palms, Café Lulu, Riviera Maya, Guanajuato, Highbury Pub, Schwartz Bookstore, Future Green, Collector’s Edge Comics, Wildflour Bakery, Stone Creek Coffee Shop, Maritime Bank, Babe’s Ice Cream, Omega Restaurant, Bay View Family Restaurant and Broad Vocabulary.

Ald. Zielinski said Merryweath- er’s will include outdoor seating and a courtyard that will feature green technology, and it will serve lunch, dinner, late night food and Saturday and Sunday brunches.

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