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People lead busy lives, and  during the pandemic it was particularly hard to follow village politics. Developers, aided by our Village President, took advantage of this to come back for the third time, since 2018, to get everything they wanted.  Bayside will get no badly needed additional property tax revenue from this stinker.

The Incumbent Village President - Outsmarted, Outlawyered, Outplayed
by rich guys, Bill LaMacchia,
and Scott Yauck, Cobalt Development, not to mention  Glendale Mayor Bryan Kennedy, who played him like a violin.

On January 16, the Journal Sentinel featured and article that Headlined FEW OPTIONS Milwaukee byers want condos, but developers aren't building them. On Jan 20 per the Journal Sentinel "Area could add 16498 apartments over four years" Developers are  not building condos because of a lack of financing. They are building rentals because the financing is so readily available.  Given that all of these developers have no problem building these units that no one actually wants, why Bayside are Bayside residents subsidizing Cobalt and LaMacchia?  

Residents want deer control, speed bumps, cameras, and a host of other things they've been told we can't afford.  We need to settle the lawsuit, and move on. Give developers $9.5 milion, the amount the Village originally talked about when our current President posted that developers were requesting "a fraction" of the funds. Give them 10 years to build it.

After 22 years if the real value of the property reaches the point where it would have paid $35 million, it finally starts to pay additional property taxes. 
The owner of that property, Bill LaMacchia will be 102.  How old will you be in 22 years? 

How will the tacky cookie cutter buildings look in 22 years, when they go back to assessors and ask for a reduction because the property is old and obsolete?

What about parking?  What about traffic? 

The only thing we know for sure is how much of
our money Bill and Scott got.  You can thank our Village President for this.


 

Hi. I’m Liz. I have lived in Bayside since 1996 when my husband, Herb Zien and  I moved from the East Side so our kids could attend great public schools.  Herb and I met in Boston, where I was attending Tufts University and he was a grad student at MIT.  Herb grew up in Whitefish Bay and upon graduation we moved to the Milwaukee area. We’ve been married for 47 years.

I have a degree in Fine Arts, with a focus on film and photography.  I started out working in film production for a local advertising agency. While there, a group of friends and I founded the Great Lakes Film Festival, which was eventually taken over by the UWM film dept and morphed into the Milwaukee Film Festival. Subsequently, I joined the staff of the then named PAC (Marcus Center) as film program coordinator.  We showed classic films and hosted celebrity guests.

I entered the housing market when Herb and I bought a 20th Century Coach house on the Lower East Side. I coordinated renovation of the building into three units. We lived in what was built as the hayloft and divided the remaining space into two condos; the ground floor unit was a commercial space.  

 

The hayloft renovation, which I designed, was published in a national magazine and attracted interest from local investors. They encouraged me to switch to a real estate development career, with a focus on adaptive reuse of historic buildings.  I formed a partnership, and our first project was an the renovation of a deteriorated 1898 mansion into offices and an apartment that won an award from the City of Milwaukee.  I then renovated three stately buildings that had become rundown rooming houses. into condos, sparking the revitalization of a Lower East Side neighborhood. The German English Academy building in downtown Milwaukee was another iconic project. I assembled a group of 30 investors to purchase the building while the wrecking ball was literally swinging at the front door; this project won an architectural award from the State. I undertook other projects as well, and they were all successful. I sold the last building in 2015 to pursue other interests.

Herb and I raised our children to adulthood in our Bayside home. They are both married and on their own now. Our daughter and son in law are University Professors, the parents of our grandchildren. Our son is a data scientist, and his wife is a health economist.  I’m fortunate that I am able to hang out with the grandkids, and still have time to run for Village President, after successfully being elected a Trustee last year. I also enjoy gardening, volunteering, traveling, skiing, snorkeling, sewing, and other creative endeavors.

As a real estate developer, I learned how to recognize hidden value, forge partnerships, read the market and construct buildings. I also listen to people and care what they think.  These are the skills I bring to my current position as Bayside Trustee and will bring to my future job as Village President.

I am a big fan of the North Shore Library.  As a member of the book club, borrower of e-books, and donor to the Friends group, I have always supported the library. But I do not believe that Bayside taxpayers should be its principal donor.  The four communities that support the library have a population of 26,015 residents; Glendale accounts for nearly half.  Glendale owns the existing library location on the first floor of LaMacchia’s building on Port Washington Rd, so it is not surprising that Glendale, with Mayor Bryan Kennedy leading the charge. is anxious for the library to move 15 years before its $1/year lease is up. The property can then be sold for cash and generate property tax revenue to Glendale.  Unlike Glendale, Bayside will not own the new library.  Bayside residents, all 4,421 of us, will pay through our taxes for the building that houses the library, and never get anything in return. The North Shore Library is great, but this is a bad deal.

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