Court Rejects Lake Michigan High-Rise Case

     MADISON, Wis. (CN) – The Wisconsin Supreme Court punted a request by Milwaukee to have it resolve the rights to build a high-rise on the shore of Lake Michigan.
     Legislative documents show that Barrett Visionary Development was tapped on Dec. 18 to develop the Couture, a 44-story high-rise, on the site that is now home to the Downtown Transit Center.
     The $122 million construction project faces oppoition, however, from the environmental group Preserve Our Parks, which argues the site must be kept free and open to the public because it is filled-in former lakebed.
     Late last year, the city and county of Milwaukee petitioned the Wisconsin Supreme Court to let it bring an original action over whether the site is eligible for private development.
     Preserve Our Parks has threatened legal action over the development, the petition states, and getting an original action ruling from the state’s highest court is the most expedient way to settle the dispute.
     “Without a doubt, the important public issues in this case will ultimately be the Supreme Court’s to decide,” the petition states. “There is no reason to delay that consideration.”
     The court rejected the position without explanation Wednesday, noting a similarly unexplained dissent by Justice Patience Drake Roggensack.

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