Schlitz Park lands suburban technology firm

Feb. 08, 2012 11:13 a.m. | A suburban company that provides technology to the financial services industry has signed a lease for 18,000 square feet of space at downtown Milwaukee's Schlitz Park.

The firm, which wasn't named in the Wednesday announcement from Schlitz Park developer Gary Grunau, plans to move 50 employees to the first floor of Schlitz Park’s Bottlehouse A building. That move will occur June 1.

Commercial real estate industry sources said the tenant is Indianapolis-based Streetlinks Lender Solutions, which operates its Milwaukee-area office at 2365 N. Mayfair Road, Wauwatosa. Streetlinks provides housing valuation services and technologies to mortgage lenders.

A Streetlinks executive didn't respond immediately to a request for comment. 

This is the first new tenant announced for Schlitz Park since renovations started in December at the business park’s two Bottlehouse buildings, at 1610 N. 2nd St. and 101 W. Pleasant St.

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Man says gun was pointed at him on Mayfair Road

Feb. 08, 2012 9:57 a.m. | An incident of road rage resulted in a man pointing a gun on Mayfair Road on Friday night.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A man was driving in the 500 block of North Mayfair Road when a sports-utility vehicle pulled out from Taco Bell and directly entered his path. He had to swerve to avoid a collision.

When the SUV pulled up beside his vehicle, the three men inside were yelling and swearing. The backseat passenger rolled down the window and pointed a gun at him, then said, "What are you going to do now?"

The man sped up and the SUV followed as he drove to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office substation on Watertown Plank Road, where he reported the incident.

Teens fight, draw a crowd to Alice Street

Feb. 07, 2012 7:10 p.m. | Two teens decided to settle a dispute at the dead end on Alice Street. The 15-year-old boys fought while about 25 other high school students watched Jan. 30.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A homeowner saw several cars coming down Alice Street and a large group of high school-age students walking toward the road's dead end at 3:23 p.m. Jan. 30. Two of the boys fought while the rest looked on.

While the homeowner called police, he noticed the kids leaving. One of the boys who had been fighting was bleeding as he got into a vehicle.

When police tracked the boys down they said they had been arguing about a girl through rude comments on Facebook. They decide to meet up after school and fight.

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Fight in mall parking lot leads to charges

Feb. 07, 2012 7:00 p.m. | A warrant has been issued for a 23-year-old Milwaukee man, who was charged Friday with disorderly conduct following a fight with his ex-girlfriend in a Mayfair parking lot two days prior.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

A mall patron called police after he heard the couple yelling and saw the man try to force the woman into a vehicle at 12:42 a.m.

The 20-year-old woman accused Carrington Smith of stalking her during the four months since they broke up. Things allegedly got violent in late January when she says he attacked her and brandished a gun outside a Milwaukee nightclub.

On Feb. 1, she had gone to the AMC Theatre with friends. When she exited the mall, she found Smith standing next to her vehicle. She said he repeatedly hit her and grabbed her around the neck so she hit back in defense. Smith then pushed her into the vehicle, but as she resisted he pulled a handgun from his waistband and threatened her.

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Lego coming to Mayfair

Feb. 07, 2012 4:04 p.m. |  Construction on a new Lego store -- the first in the Milwaukee market -- is set to begin this week at Mayfair mall.

The store, to be upstairs at the mall between Starbucks and Gymboree, is scheduled to open in May.

The store will feature "kid-chic design, innovative displays and consumer-friendly play areas that deliver an engaging, entertaining and fun experience for famiiles of all ages," according to Denmark-based Lego.

"Our store at Mayfair will enhance our consumers' overall Lego brand experience through product variety, store design and regular hands-on family events," said Eric Wolfe, vice president of Lego Group. "Children and families will be able to experience first-hand and hands-on the creativity and imagination that goes into Lego building and be inspired by the over 4 million Lego bricks that are in the store at any given time."

The Lego store will include the popular "Pick-A-Brick Wall," which allows customers to pick and buy specific Lego bricks and elements in a variety of colors and shapes in bulk.

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Milwaukee Map Service moves to 124th Street

Feb. 07, 2012 1:24 p.m. | Milwaukee Map Service has moved to a new location within Wauwatosa.

The family-owned business closed its Mayfair Road doors last week and found a new home at 3720 N. 124th St.

The business and building are owned by the three Swain brothers. The decision to move resulted from an increasing difficulty in finding and keeping renters to fill up the remainder of the building.

"The speed of vehicle traffic on Mayfair Road, south of Mayfair Mall, and being located away from other retail locations made it difficult to attract customers into our store location," senior cartographer Gary Kraft said. "We had to be a destination location."

The business offers more than 6,000 maps and related products, including nautical charts, globes, atlases and travel guides. Employees also make and publish maps.

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Craigslist 'buyer' turns car thief

Feb. 06, 2012 1:41 p.m. | In an example of a transaction gone wrong, a 53-year-old Hartford man reported that an unidentified man drove away with his 2004 Audi, valued at $8,000, during a test drive after the two met about 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the parking lot of Target, 3900 N. 124th St.

According to the Wauwatosa police report:

The two agreed to meet at the lot because the potential buyer lived on Milwaukee's East Side.

The owner accompanied the man as he test drove the vehicle on several roads, including Capitol Drive, North Avenue and Highway 45.

Stopped on the Swan extension near Watertown Plank Road and Highway 45, the driver asked the owner to drive, saying he wanted to "listen" to the vehicle from the back seat while it was being driven.

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Teen accused of trying to rob four people

Feb. 06, 2012 1:38 p.m. | A 17-year-old Milwaukee boy arrested for attempted robbery is accused of making four separate robbery attempts within 20 minutes near Wauwatosa and North avenues the afternoon of Feb. 1.

According to Wauwatosa police reports:

The teen accosted a 66-year-old Milwaukee man and three Longfellow Middle School students - ages 14, 13 and 11 - demanding money and showing them what they thought was a knife.

The knife turned out to be a switchblade facsimile that contained a comb.

The incidents occurred within a block or two of the intersection. The teen approached each victim with threatening demands including, "Do you got any money" and "Give me three dollars."

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