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Wauwatosa Biz Buzz: July 24, 2014

A rendering submitted to the city gives an idea of how an apartment building will look at The Reef.

A rendering submitted to the city gives an idea of how an apartment building will look at The Reef. Photo By submitted photo

July 23, 2014

Kay Bridal Shop closes; plans for space unknown

Kay Bridal shop recently hung a sign in their window announcing their closure: "Kay Bridal Shop is now closed for business. It was our pleasure to be of assistance to our brides over the past 7 1/2 years."

Alderman Joel Tilleson, whose district includes the shop, at 7237 W. North Ave., said he wasn't aware of future plans for the space.

"If the owner doesn't have plans in mind for that space, we're happy to work with her to pair her up with a desirable tenant," Tilleson said.

Shop co-owner Lisa Randazzo-Clark did not respond to an interview in time for deadline.

Camp Bar expected to open soon

Camp Bar, which has a location in Shorewood and is planning to open in Wauwatosa this September, announced July 17 that its walls are up at 6600 W. North Ave. The old building on the site was demolished earlier this month.

The Reef apartments plan groundbreaking

Wangard Partners plans to break ground on The Reef apartments Aug. 5 at 1215 N. 62nd St.

Construction is anticipated to be complete next October.

The 9.4-acre apartment complex, adjacent to the Schoonmaker Reef, north of the Grede Foundry on State Street, will include a total of 180 units in four two-story buildings and two four-story buildings. There will also be a clubhouse, pool, fitness center, dog park and picnic area.

The Schoonmaker Reef will be preserved and enclosed, and will be available for study by school groups and scientists who request access.

Remediation work is under way done at the site, which is contaminated with lead, hydraulic oils, chlorinated solvents and petroleum. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation recently approved a $700,000 grant to help with the clean-up, and the city is giving $1.1 million to the project through tax-incremental financing.

As planned, a groundbreaking ceremony at 3 p.m. Aug. 5 will feature speakers from Wangard Partners, the WEDC, and Wauwatosa Mayor Kathleen Ehley.

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