In early 2020, the City of South Milwaukee, in partnership with the Bucyrus Foundation, announced plans to acquire the property at 1919 12th Avenue and to invest in a public space at 11th and Madison Avenue.
The property at 1919 12th Avenue has been transformed into the Bucyrus Club, an event space and museum with Skyline Catering and the South Milwaukee Industrial Museum.
The second portion of the project is the site at 11th and Madison Avenue, the space is currently used for the Downtown Market, a beer garden, and as the home for events like Crusherfest and the Festival of Trees.
After several stakeholder committee meetings and two public surveys, a design concept has been created to include a covered pavilion, an event stage, and permanent bathrooms.
In recognition of the Bucyrus Foundation’s contribution, the space’s name will be Bucyrus Commons and design elements will feature Bucyrus history and branding.
The project’s next steps include transitioning to the construction phase. A grand opening for the space is anticipated in fall of 2022.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the feedback process. More than 720 people offered their thoughts and opinions throughout the process, and we've incorporated that feedback into a design we think the entire community can be proud of.