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Could a new residential development replace the former home of Judge's Irish Pub?
Could a new residential development replace the former home of Judge's Irish Pub? (Photo: Matt Mueller)

Are apartments coming to the site of the old Judge's Irish Pub?

After 25 years in business, Judge's Irish Pub closed in 2013 at 1431 E. North Ave. with news that a new bar, The Irish Genie, would appear in its place.

Despite the release of drawings of the new bar, the idea vanished and now the property is for sale, along with an adjacent single-family home at 2215 N. Cambridge Ave.

A sell sheet for the property says, "available bar/restaurant and single family home located on Milwaukee's East Side. Great redevelopment site for apartments or a limited service hotel."

The asking price for the bar is $975,000 and the house is listed at $100,000.

Realtor Josh Minkin, of Alpine Commercial Real Estate Services, sent out the listing via email, along with drawings made by Striegel Agacki Studio architects showing floor plans for a potential residential development that suggest that the current building, erected in 1909 as a Miller Brewing Co. tied house, would be demolished.

Minkin said today in an email that there is no interest from potential buyers yet and that the sale is "still in the marketing phase."

The drawings show 13 units per floor, for 52 units in a five-story structure or 65 units in a six-story building, plus one or two retail spaces fronting North Avenue and up to 55 parking spots at and/or below grade.

A typical residential floor would have 11,600 square feet, with 10,257 leasable square feet and 1,343 square feet of common space. The basic drawings, which include one- and two-bedroom units, as well as some 335-square foot "micro" units, show terraces on all but the micro apartments.

The building is currently vacant and what appears to be an older real estate listing suggests that some renovations were begun during the Judge's era, but never completed.

"The Judge's site has enormous potential as a small boutique development with river views/access," said Jim Plaisted, executive director of The East Side BID, today. "The views at the bluff are awesome, once the invasive growth is cut back. It's one of the be…

The Washington Highlands offers a range of gentle hills, interesting curving and quiet streets, and great architecture.
The Washington Highlands offers a range of gentle hills, interesting curving and quiet streets, and great architecture.

Where do you run, Milwaukee?

Because only the hardcore will be out running in this morning's chilly rain, I'm going to take this opportunity to mine you for a little advice. But don't worry, I'll give some info before I ask for yours.

I'm newly returned to running after a long hiatus. And things have changed. I used to run exclusively on the treadmill, finding the idea of running outside less that thrilling. Not anymore.

Now the reverse is true. I can barely muster the energy to run if it's going to be on a belt in a gym. Give me some scenery – and some solitary quiet – and I'm off, easily knocking out a 5K (I never claimed to be a marathoner).

This, of course, has me a little concerned with the onset of winter, but I'll figure it out.

In the meantime, every runner has their favorite places to jog, based on a variety of factors including convenience, location and more. A few of my absolute favorites aren't in Milwaukee, like the solitary country road in Jefferson County that I ran on this weekend and, especially, Brooklyn Bridge Park, which offers unmatched views and a variety of potential paths to easily get a runner to 5K.

But I do have a trio of go-to routes around town:

1. Washington Highlands

I typically run about a mile before reaching the Highlands, a quiet and leafy Tosa neighborhood which offers a range of gentle hills, interestingly curving streets and great architecture. Another mile or so gawping at quirky homes – lifting my head and seeing the house (above left) with the pagoda-style roof that curves up at the edges made me smile – and the mile back home, and I'm golden.

2. Lake Park

Often life takes me to the East Side, and if I can squeeze in a run while I'm there, I do it with pleasure. I typically start in Historic Water Tower Park, just across from St. Mary's Hill Hospital and follow the path north, which takes me past the North Point Lighthouse, Erastus B. Wolcott, Lake Park Bistro, across the bridge, up to Kenwood, where I loop around and take the path c…

A new genome exhibit opens at Discovery World in January, in a new show space.
A new genome exhibit opens at Discovery World in January, in a new show space.

Among the updates at Discovery World: newfound gallery space

There are a number of changes under way at Discovery World on the lakefront, including newfound exhibition space, an existing exhibit that is ballooning and changes for the Innovation Theater.

The first to arrive will be a real excavator that visitors can operate using a set of controls. The museum has had a remote-controlled excavator for years, of course, but that one was toy-sized and behind plexiglass. This one, just a few feet away, is full-sized and accessible.

Visitors will be able to sit inside, though the control panel will be outside the cab. The new excavator will be up and running on Black Friday, Nov. 27.

Right nearby, the museum's staff is prepping the second annual appearance of the legendary Kooky Cooky House, which was a Milwaukee holiday tradition for decades at the old Capitol Court shopping center.

The newly constructed house debuted last year at D.W. but this year moves to a much more high profile space, right in the heart of the main exhibition area, as you can see in this photo:

Discovery World CEO Joel Brennan told me that the museum is "over-theatered," having two state of the art projection and presentation spaces on the first floor. Therefore, the Innovation Theater, next to the gift shop, will be re-purposed.

In order to do that, the tiered seating structure (the underside of which you can see in the photo below) will be dismantled. That structure is made of a thin layer of concrete atop a metal structure that will be relatively easily removed, according to Brennan.

The digital theater, with its stunning lake views, will remain and will become the locus of Discovery World's visual media programming and presentations.

Lastly, the museum has carved a new 5,000-square foot exhibition space out of an area that was previously used – and under-utilized, said Brennan – as storage and offices. The area is above the Kohl's Design It! Lab and is accessed via a new staircase.

The space, which will likely be opened up to offer …

Dave Monroe didn't much like having his picture taken, but he sure loved 7" 45s.
Dave Monroe didn't much like having his picture taken, but he sure loved 7" 45s. (Photo: William J. Seidel/Facebook)

Bobby Tanzilo mourns the death of Flavor Dave Monroe

Yesterday morning, the posts began to appear on Facebook. Many of them read the same, including the one posted on Dave Monroe's own Facebook profile...

"Dave Monroe mourns the death of David Michael Monroe (1966-2015)."

That was how the Milwaukee musician, DJ, cineaste, man about town, all-around savant Monroe would acknowledge someone's passing on Facebook, so it read like an eerie message from beyond. But a fitting one and one many of his friends – including me – would mimic in the following hours in tribute to this most unique of Milwaukeeans.

If I could post nothing more than a silhouette of Dave Monroe, chances are a good chunk of Milwaukeeans would be able to recognize it immediately: the parka, the stack of books jammed under the arm.

Sometimes Dave didn't realize how many friends he had. But in his hour of need, he surely knew. When cancer reared its ugly presence, the Dave Monroe Fan Club was founded on Facebook and there are nearly 500 members. We should all be so lucky.

News of his passing has led to countless tributes, typically in the form of anecdotes – everyone has at least one –  flooding social media.

I vividly remember the first time I met Dave. He approached me at UWM – in his green Mod parka, ever-present books under his arm – saying he'd heard I had a massive collection of records by The Jam. He was eager to know exactly what I had, in detail.

He spoke in that rapid-fire delivery, tinged with a nervous edge, that was one of his many trademarks. That must've been 1984, maybe '85, and from that moment on, I was always aware of Dave's presence.

He was in bands – the one with the best name was Schrodinger's Cats; he was a DJ spinning fine obscure records around town; I ran into him often when he was a guard at the Milwaukee Art Museum and then later at the Milwaukee Public Museum. He could be seen at films ranging from obscure, arguably over-long (and surely he'd argue one side or the other) art house fare to the latest Marvel s…