In Brief: June 12

June 11, 2014

YMCA restructuring does not affect Brown Deer facility

The bankruptcy restructuring of the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee led the organization to sell of its suburban locations — but not the Rite-Hite Family YMCA in Brown Deer.

In fact, the Brown Deer YMCA will play an important role in the restructuring plan, which calls for "a truly urban mission that helps more Milwaukee families build healthy lifestyles and works with more neighbors of all ages to be healthy, engaged members of the community," according to a press release.

Rite-Hite Family YMCA is home to the YMCA Healthy Lifestyle Village — a unique wellness and prevention partnership between the Y, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare and the Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center. Under the plan, the Rite-Hite Family YMCA will serve as the flagship for the Y's healthy living initiatives, addressing diet, disease prevention and other lifestyle topics. All other operations at the Rite-Hite Family YMCA will continue to operate as usual.

Shabahang rug store gets

a new sign and a name change

Shabahang Persian Carpets in Whitefish Bay unveiled a new sign on Friday sporting its new company name: Orley Shabahang.

Founded in 1973 by partners Geoffrey Orley and Bahram Shabahang, Orley Shabahang opened its first location in Whitefish Bay in 1982. The name change in the Milwaukee market aligns the flagship Whitefish Bay store with its national store locations in Palm Beach, Fla., New York, N.Y. and Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

Orley Shabahang controls all facets of the production of its carpets, including breeding the sheep from which wool is harvested, directly managing the hand spinning and dyeing of the wool and designing and weaving each carpet. Orley Shabahang's local store has 12 employees.

Whitefish Bay postpones rebuilding Bartlett Avenue

Whitefish Bay officials will postpone a planned reconstruction of Bartlett Avenue until next year, when they hope to receive lower construction bids.

The Village Board originally budgeted $1.6 million for the project, but partially due to a $250,000 bio-filtration basin within the median, the bids came in over budget at $2.2 million.

The project plan was altered to include a biofiltration facility in order to be eligible for two Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District grants: a $50,000 storm water management grant and a $50,000 sewer separation grant. The project also came in over bid due to the cost of inflation from 2012, when the project was budgeted.

Trustees on June 2 decided to reject the lowest bids, and bid out for the project again in the spring of 2015 without the biofiltration facility in the median. The MMSD grants will no longer be available next year.

Village officials had planned to reconstruct Bartlett Avenue between Fairmount and Oakland avenues, a two-block stretch of roadway dating back to the 1920s. The roadway was identified for reconstruction due to the poor condition of the road surface, poor drainage, aged sanitary sewer, aged water main and lack of storm sewer.

A portion of the roadway had the sanitary sewer relaced in 2006, and this project would have completed that work. The Bartlett project as originally proposed would have shut off the 4700 block of Bartlett Avenue at Hampton Road, essentially creating a cul-de-sac that started and ended at Bartlett Avenue and Oakland Avenue.


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