Franklin — After a presentation by representatives of Historic Highway 41, the 27th Street Business Association that covers a four-mile stretch of the street in Greenfield and Milwaukee, the Common Council unanimously authorized city staff to explore the possibility of establishing a joint effort with Franklin's proposed Business Improvement District along 27th Street just south of Historic Highway 41's current area.
Historic Highway 41 has worked to beautify and promote the 27th Street business corridor in Greenfield and Milwaukee. Representatives of the group also made a presentation to Oak Creek's council Tuesday.
City officials were friendly to joining with the BIDs in Greenfield and Milwaukee that currently participate in Historic Highway 41.
"All the cities coming together will make things happen," Alderman Ken Skowronski said.
Mark Hansen, a past president of the South Suburban Chamber of Commerce, said Historic Highway 41 would schedule an informational session for business owners. Commercial properties within a BID would be assessed to help pay for efforts there. The exact boundaries of a BID are yet to be determined, but it would generally be between College and Drexel avenues, adjacent to 27th Street.
"We'd like to get as many businesses there as possible, to get them involved," Hansen said.
Mayor Tom Taylor, referring to a number of thriving business districts in Milwaukee, said that "the success of any area came because of the businesses. If the businesses want it to work, it will."
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