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New development at former Downtown Ace Hardware site

This week on Urban Spelunking, Bobby Tanzilo takes us to Downtown Milwaukee where a trio of historic buildings will soon see major redevelopment.

The site at 4th and McKinley was home to National Ace Hardware since 1987.  Prior to that, a fire station occupied one of the buildings, and a company that manufactured sidecars for Harley Davidson was housed in another building in the complex.

Looking forward, a multi-million dollar development is planned for the site.

After Ace vacates the facility this fall, it will be developed into a commercial and office center, keeping much of the original exterior details intact.

Inside, developers are planning an extensive overhaul.  The site will be modernized, featuring a bar and restaurant, fitness facilities and a year-round a beer garden.

Follow this link to read Bobby's story on  And listen to highlights from our conversation by clicking the podcast player above the photos.

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