I missed this Business Journal story when I was out of town and want to post a link to it because it shows how the proposed UWM engineering campus on the Milwaukee County Grounds has evolved.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Key point: five historic buildings on the site will be converted to graduate school housing.
My first reaction is that it indicates just how misplaced is this site, and why more than ever the new school should have gone downtown.
Is UWM trying to generate some revenue from the site at the expense of students who will be isolated on the County Grounds?
And will the housing now absolve UWM and the County of the responsibility for providing first-class transit to and from the site?
I am not convinced this site will ever be developed along the lines that UWM envisions, and that as long-term Zoo Interchange construction gets under way, the site's weaknesses will come into sharper view.
Is it too late for UWM to partner with Marquette's new Engineering school now taking shape?