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The Bucks are planning a beer garden for the new arena Live Block. (PHOTO: Milwaukee Bucks Facebook)

Bucks' new entertainment plaza renderings will get you in the beer-garden spirit

When we last left the Milwaukee Bucks' evolving entertainment plaza, the plan was for an outdoor bar in the Live Block lot that will connect the new arena with Old World Third St. But that concept has reportedly changed, as the team instead proposed to construct a permanent building there during last week's City Plan Commission meeting.

According to the agenda from the May 7 CPC meeting, Rinka Chung Architecture associate principal Steve Morales, the Bucks' representative, appeared and requested "a Minor Modification to the Detailed Planned Development known as Block 4 - Arena Master Plan (Entertainment Block) to approve the design of Building D, which will be located at 1129-35 N. Old World Third St., on the west side of North Old World Third Street, south of West Juneau Avenue, in the 4th Aldermanic District."

That address, 1129-35 N. Old World Third St., is a lot located between The Loaded Slate and Ugly's Pub that will connect the street to the arena. For what it's worth, the Bucks are calling it a "beer garden." (Via Urban Milwaukee):

The 2,045-square foot, two-tenant building would be geared towards food and beverage tenants. … "When we brought this to you previously, we always hoped that there would be a building there," Morales told the commission. He said plans have [proceeded] faster than expected and the team's real estate affiliate is now ready to commit to building a permanent structure on the north side of the lot.

The extensive lighting system and trellis structure proposed in November are still included in the new plan. As was true with the original plan for the connector, visitors to the arena from Old World Third Street will be able to walk straight west through the site to the new arena's front door.

The Bucks have not announced any tenants for the new arena district, though construction is already well underway.

The Wisconsin Entertainment and Sports Center, which has yet to publicize a naming-rights sponsor, will open in September, with the entertainment plaza scheduled to be complete in 2019.


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