When I first scaled Building #16A at the former Pabst Brewery site in 2010, sprawled out before me was a site full of possibilities. Nearly a decade later, that 14-story building - the Pabst grain elevators built in 1953 - is the last remaining property at the site left to be developed.
When Preservation Park was unveiled on the southeast corner of 10th and Juneau recently it marked the arrival of the second park near that intersection in the heart of the booming for Pabst Brewery neighborhood dubbed simply, "The Brewery."
Pabst's return to the former brewery site - via a micro-brewery and tasting room in the former First German Methodist Church/Forst Keller restaurant - was projected to open by summer. But a fall 2016 opening is now more likely.
There are few more iconic images in Milwaukee than the Pabst sign that spans Juneau Avenue at 10th Street, connecting the old malt house on the southwest corner with the former brewhouse on the northwest corner. The sign is instantly recognizable and, especially now that Pabst is coming back to the site to brew beer in the former Forst Keller Restaurant and Pabst training center, it's been an extremely visible symbol of the city's brewing history. It's also a pretty cool place to visit.
To celebrate Debra Usinger's life and her dedication to civic life in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee RiverWalk District initiated and yesterday dedicated a memorial to honor her. The memorial is, appropriately, part of the RIverWalk that is directly across the river from Usinger's Famous Sausage.
Recently, the 19th century cream city brick former Pabst bottling plant -- currently in the pre-development phase of a residential project aimed at university students -- was enclosed by a cyclone fence, but work hasn't started just yet. That seems about to change, according to Zilber Property Group.
By the end of January, and for the first time since 1996, people will once again work -- and live! -- at the former Pabst Brewery site. This marks a major move forward for the development of the new Downtown Milwaukee neighborhood that's now called The Brewery.