Afternoon news Brief - Brookfield expected to approve plans for Islamic mosque tonightWisconsin News
-- The City of Brookfield is expected to approve plans for construction of an Islamic mosque at its meeting tonight
The City of Brookfield is expected to approve plans for construction of an Islamic mosque at its meeting tonight. A vote on a conditional use permit is on the agenda. The Islamic Society of Milwaukee wants to build a 13 thousand square foot worship and community center on Pheasant Driver, east of North Calhoun Road. Several groups have spoken out against the center, citing concerns from heavy traffic to terrorism. City planners say the project meets all of the city’s land use requirements – and that’s all they can consider when evaluating a construction project. Work should start on the complex by this summer.
A 23 year old driver will get a ticket for her role in causing a three car accident on U.S. 41/45 this morning that shut down southbound traffic for more than an hour during the morning rush hour traffic. The accident happened at about 7:20 a.m. when the woman made a sudden, unsafe lane change from the center lane, slamming into a pickup in the right lane. She then swerved and hit an SUV to her left. The SUV driver was trapped inside and had to be flown by helicopter to Froedtert Hospital for treatment for serious injuries. Southbound lanes were opened to traffic a little before 9 a.m. Northbound traffic was also shut down for a brief time when a medical helicopter landed to pick up the SUV driver.
The Milwaukee Art Museum wants to spend nearly $25 million dollars to renovate and upgrade the city’s War Memorial. The project would include restoration at the War Memorial complex, redesign of some of its galleries, and construction of a new addition on the lakefront. The cost of the work would be covered by $15 million dollars in donations and $9.8 million dollars from Milwaukee County. Officials with the art museum say the deteriorating condition of the War Memorial building puts about $750 million dollars worth of art work at risk of being damaged. The building has serious leaks, warped floors and cracking cement. The art museum occupies more than 70 percent of the buildings in the War Memorial complex