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Milwaukee alderman wants new entertainment center downtown

Milwaukee alderman wants new entertainment center downtown

By WTMJ News Team. CREATED May 11, 2012 - UPDATED: May 11, 2012

Click here to listen to Alderman Witkowski's interview on Newsradio 620 WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News

MILWAUKEE- A Milwaukee alderman is throwing his support behind a new Bradley Center.  But he doesn't want construction to stop there.

Alderman Terry Witkowski believes Milwaukee should build a new entertainment center.

Alderman Witkowski isn't alone in his thoughts for a new Bucks stadium.  Bucks owner Herb Kohl, on multiple occasions, has likened the idea of a new stadium and even said he would contribute some of his money to build a new stadium.  Kohl won't say just how much he's willing to contribute for new arena.

"Let's think not necessarily Senator Kohl's dollar, but in general if we're building something downtown -- let's think bigger than the basketball arena and a parking lot," said Alderman Witkowski.  "Actually make a center and have hotel, office building living quarters, entertainment, restaurants, shops can we make it something big."

But thinking more than NBA Bucks begs a big question -- where will the money to build come from.
The alderman is hoping tax dollars won't be necessary, but told TODAY'S TMJ4, "I would be OK with a small tax dreams on this is something that's mostly private funding as well."

A national economist previously told Newsradio 620 WTMJ the concerns about using public funds to build a new stadium.

Witkowski says now is the time for the new stadium.  As of now, Alderman Witkowski has no private company on board for the big dream.