It is a pleasure to introduce you to the City of Glendale, a city with a Rich Past and a Bright Future.
In 1950, the remaining 5.7 square miles of the old Town of Milwaukee, located in the North Shore Milwaukee Area, was incorporated as the City of Glendale. Glendale is north and adjacent to the City of Milwaukee and surrounded by the City of Milwaukee and four other incorporated villages. It straddles the banks of the Milwaukee River, is traversed by an interstate, two major highways, two regional traffic arteries, and numerous railroad tracks. At the time of incorporation, Glendale was a growing community with some agriculture, mostly single family homes and commercial development along major streets and major heavy industry.
Since incorporation nearly fifty years ago, Glendale has developed into a vibrant community with balanced commercial, industrial, residential and recreational land uses. Farmland is now developed, single family residences are now complimented with multi-family apartments, condominiums and retirement facilities. Heavy industry has, and continues to be converted to high-technology uses, and Bay Shore Mall, a regional shopping mall and its satellite business establishments has become the commercial center of north-eastern Milwaukee County.
Residential, commercial and industrial development which has occurred, has enhanced the beauty of the area with its natural barriers created by the railroads and highways, and by the Milwaukee River, which meanders through the community and through the two Milwaukee County parks within the city limits.
In 1962, Interstate I-43 was constructed through the City. This interstate provides a quick link to the rest of the metropolitan area and the world. It provides an easy ten minute ride to downtown Milwaukee and its intersection with I-94. It is a twenty minute freeway ride to Milwaukee's International Airport.
Our current official population of 14,321 is enhanced with a daytime visitor and employee population influx estimated at an additional 10,000. The Glendale Police Department is staffed to handle the community's unique daytime-night time policing requirements. The North Shore Fire Department (NSFD), the ninth largest department in the State of Wisconsin, serves Glendale and six other North Shore municipalities through a cooperative. The NSFD provides advanced life support and medical transports to our region's hospital and trauma center, as well as fire protection to the City which maintains a NFPA-2 fire protection rating.
Our Plan Commission and Community Development Authority routinely work with developers to achieve common goals as witnessed by our successes. The City continues to be proactive in its effort to promote development and redevelopment that improves the quality of life and working environment of its residents and taxpayers. Because of our continuing effort we have a diverse tax base and sound fiscal policies. Our real estate and personal tax rates are the lowest in the metropolitan area for a full service community.
Glendale residents insist on schools which are the finest. Nicolet High School, located in Glendale, serving the City and three other North Shore municipalities, is rated academically among the highest in the nation. There are seven universities and colleges within a fifteen minute drive of the City, as are numerous local museums, professional sports facilities and other entertainment facilities. These intangible attributes all add up to provide an excellent quality of life for Glendale residents and the community at large.
The Glendale Common Council and I am proud of Glendale's achievements during our Rich Past, and look forward to a Bright Future as we move into the twenty-first century. We invite you to join us and explore the wealth and many benefits of our exciting city.
Donald J. Voith
Mayor, City of Glendale
It is obvious to those who know Glendale that there is a Rich Past and Bright Future.
Welcome to Glendale!
On behalf of the Glendale Association of Commerce we are proud to bring you this community resource guide.
We believe you will find this publication a valuable guide in your day-to-day business when purchasing supplies or services. We encourage you to "buy" Glendale.
Glendale: Rich Past - Bright Future. Glendale is a dynamic community with much to offer. Although the excitement and power of Milwaukee is only four miles away, Glendale maintains its own identity. It is a city with a rich history nurtured by an ever-growing commercial and industrial community. Glendale boasts a wide selection of lovely homes, excellent schools, a rich mixture of architecture, quality health care and a variety of recreation opportunities.
With 200 plus members, the Glendale Association of Commerce is proud to have an innovative and enthusiastic volunteer base which have organized many events to benefit member businesses and our community. Some of these include the Nicolet High School Scholarship Program, Fourth of July Parade Supporter, Music in the Glen, an annual Business After Hours Show as well as monthly programs to educationally support the businesses of the community. Each member is provided with a copy of the monthly newsletter, "Glendale Business Matters."
The Glendale Association of Commerce is here for you, your business and your community. Become a member of the Glendale Association of Commerce.
Glendale Association of Commerce, Inc.
The business and purpose of the Glendale Association of Commerce shall be to advance the commercial, industrial, agricultural, educational and civic interests of the City of Glendale, which it serves; to interest itself in any legislation and administration which affects the City of Glendale; to inform the public as to successful commercial, industrial, agricultural and educational expansion. All for the general interest and benefit of Glendale; to conserve the natural resources and develop the recreational facilities of Glendale: to encourage healthy regulation of legitimate business toward honest business practices: to promote uniformity in commercial usages, strive for a general recognition and understanding of the rights of legitimate enterprises; and generally to carry on and conduct any lawful business or businesses for the promotion of the corporation and its interests, the interest of its members, and particularly the interest of the City of Glendale which it serves.
Benefits of Membership:
Effective Meetings & Workshops
Timely Business Information
Tax Deductible Business Expense
Valuable Business Assistance
Promotes the Economic Vitality of Member Businesses
A Voice in City Government
Increased Business Contacts
Cost-Savings Group Insurance
Small Business Growth Assistance
Glendale is tightly woven into the fabric of the Milwaukee metropolitan area, bordered by Milwaukee and several other suburban communities. Still, it has retained its own distinctive character and independence.
Glendale boasts a rich array of affordable homes in quiet and appealing neighborhoods. Wide boulevards, large residential lots, and four county parks give the community a spaciousness not found in cities that rub shoulders with a bigger communities. The parks add to the many recreational opportunities enjoyed by residents.
Shopping in the community is enhanced by the presence of a large enclosed mall and convenient shopping centers along major thoroughfares.
The schools of Glendale are excellent in every way. Three award-winning school districts serve the community, as do several high quality parochial systems. The Nicolet High School band was invited to participate in Moscow's 850th anniversary. This was the second trip to Moscow.
Medical attention is readily available through care facilities in Glendale and at least four hospitals in adjacent communities.
Proximity to Milwaukee's downtown (four miles away) assures Glendale residents access to the full array of Milwaukee's cultural and entertainment assets.
Business is attracted to Glendale's redeveloped business and commercial areas by a variety of economic incentives. New office buildings and corporate facilities are joining the famous business names already here, such as Deluxe Data, Manpower International, Columbia Hospital, Forrer Business Interiors and Weyco Shoe Company.
Excellent schools, diverse shopping, charming residential areas, competent health care and a location within Milwaukee County, makes Glendale a great place to live, work and raise a family.
Reflections of Yesteryear
Burial mounds in Kletzsch Park attest to the time when Potawatomi Indian villages could be seen in the area that is now Glendale. In 1833, Potawatomi and Winnebago tribes ceded their land to the United States and moved west to the banks of the Mississippi. Before then, only a handful of white settlers occupied the area. For the most part, they were traders and trappers.
Soon thereafter, however, settlers by the droves began arriving in the area. Land was cheap: $1.25 an acre and the rich soil and comparable climate attracted the hardworking European immigrants who had begun to flood into the New World. Those who settled in the area were mostly German.
Settlements sprang up throughout the area. One was Good Hope, from which Good Hope Road was named. Located at the present intersection of Good Hope Road and N. Green Bay Avenue, Good Hope is best remembered for having an important visitor. Before he became president of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis and his crew of surveyors camped in Good Hope while working on a road project for the government.
In 1836, the Glendale area became part of Milwaukee County in the Territory of Wisconsin. Before that, it was part of the Michigan territory. By the time Wisconsin became the nation's 30th state in 1848, the area was solidly fixed as a part of the Town of Milwaukee. It remained such until after World War II.
The Town of Milwaukee's first public school was built in the late 1840s on the east side of the Milwaukee River, adjacent to the old Sauk Indian trail. The one room school measured 18 by 22 feet and was constructed of logs. It had 12 pine desks and benches, each four feet in length.
The Town of Milwaukee built its first meeting hall in 1872. Before that, town fathers met in a grist mill on the west bank of the Milwaukee River, near the waterfall in present day Kletzsch Park. Later, they met in a schoolhouse on Green Bay Avenue. Minutes were read in both English and German.
The City has thoughtfully preserved the first Town of Milwaukee Hall. The 1872 landmark structure stands amid the modern complex of government buildings on N. Milwaukee River Parkway. A tiny graveyard, Milwaukee Union Cemetery, 5980 N. Port Washington Rd., is also preserved. Some 100 graves, many unmarked, are the city's link with the early settlers who came to the frontier in search of a better life.
First efforts to incorporate Glendale began in 1946 and were met with resistance from the City of Milwaukee. A lengthy court battle ensued and after the census of 1950, the fight was won and Glendale was incorporated as a city on December 28, 1950 with a population of 3,100.
Today, Glendale's population exceeds 14,000. The City is a dynamic commercial and business center as well as being a delightful place to live.
Easy Come, Easy Go
Glendale sits in the heart of a metropolitan complex, next door neighbor to the City of Milwaukee and the suburban communities of Brown Deer, River Hills, Fox Point and Whitefish Bay.
Auto transportation is a breeze. Interstate Highway 43 runs north to south through the city's far east side, reaching toward Green Bay on the north and diving into the heart of downtown Milwaukee on the south. State Route 57 (Green Bay Avenue) extends through the length of the community's western half. Three key east-west arteries tie the city with Milwaukee and neighboring suburban communities. These are Good Hope Road, Silver Spring Drive, and Hampton Road.
Downtown Milwaukee is about ten minutes away for most residents. Mitchell International Airport is about 20 minutes away. The airport is served by 19 international, national, and regional airlines that fly to more than 45 of the world's metropolitan centers. Another 15 cargo airlines also fly out of Mitchell International. Lawrence J. Timmerman Field, six miles to the west of Glendale, provides services and facilities for private and corporate owned aircraft.
Many of the 373 trucking and warehouse firms in Milwaukee County serve the Glendale business community. Rail service is also available through Union Pacific, the CP Rail System, and the Wisconsin Central Transportation Corp. The Port of Milwaukee is about eight miles away, providing shipping to the world via the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Bus routes of the Milwaukee County Transit System offer residents economical transportation to shopping centers and various other points in Glendale and neighboring communities. The system also offers specialized transportation services to the elderly and physically challenged.
Come for the Fun
There's plenty of fun and entertainment to be found in Glendale and its immediate area. Townsfolk enjoy concerts by high school bands and choruses and performances by high school theater arts students. During eight weeks of summer, they flock to the "Music in The Glen" performance series sponsored by the Glendale Recreation Department and many other contributors. The big Fourth of July festivities also have wide appeal.
Only five minutes from the central business district of Milwaukee, Glendale is a popular base for visitors to the area. The City has seven motor inns that offer suites and other comfortable accommodations for hundreds of visitors. Summer or winter, Glendale is close to great Wisconsin outdoor recreation spots like the 17,000-acre Kettle Moraine State Forest, carved by retreating glaciers. At Kettle Moraine, visitors can enjoy boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, swimming, and hiking along marked nature trails. Cross country skiing, sledding, ice skating, and snowmobiling are popular wintertime activities in nearby parks. Lake Michigan, also a short distance from Glendale, is a source of boating pleasure, sailing, swimming, and fishing for large game fish.
Milwaukee's numerous cultural and entertainment attractions draw many visitors to the area. The Performing Arts Center offers concerts by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Florentine Opera Company, the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, and the Milwaukee Ballet Company.
The Milwaukee Public Museum awes its visitors with its Humphrey IMAX Dome Theater and hundreds of exhibits, dioramas, and displays on world culture and history. The Milwaukee Art Museum, in the War Memorial, houses an appealing collection of contemporary and primitive art.
The Mitchell Park Conservatory's three identical glass domes feature colorful floral gardens and displays that are continually changed. And, the Milwaukee County Zoo, with its natural habitats, is ranked among the world's finest zoological parks. The 184-acre zoo has more than 6,000 animals, many on the endangered species list.
Special events like Milwaukee's Summerfest, held at the lakefront, features 10 different stages and presents over 300 bands and 1,600 performers. Also popular is the metro area's many ethnic festivals that celebrate Old World traditions and customs with tasty ethnic dishes, dancing, crafts, and music.
For a night on the town, Glendale offers more than 40 restaurants and lounges featuring everything from fast food and ethnic menus to gourmet delights. Hundreds more are found minutes away in Milwaukee and surrounding communities. Some of the selections include The Bavarian Inn, Mini's Restaurant, Solly's Coffee Shop and The Anchorage Restaurant.
Throughout Glendale, there is a sense of spaciousness. There are wide landscaped boulevards and avenues, expansive open areas, parks, homes situated on large lots and apartment complexes with immense green areas.
There also is a grand blend of home styles and types, from the small and cozy homes in the southwest corner of the community to the large "new" executive style homes in the far north. Many luxury apartment, condominium, and townhome complexes line major thoroughfares. Large, elegant single family homes, often on densely wooded properties, line the banks of the Milwaukee River and overlook parks and the lush fairways and greens of the Lincoln Park Golf Course.
In the central part of the City, handsome subdivisions like Clovernook were built in the 1960s and 1970s. Curvalinear streets, mature trees, landscaping shelters, attractive midsize ranch style homes, split-levels, and raised ranches give relief from the hectic pace of daytime traffic only a few blocks away. Other appealing subdivisions include Brantwood Lakes and River Park Meadows, the City's newest single family development.
Townhomes are growing in popularity among first time home buyers and those who shy from the labor of exterior maintenance and the upkeep of yards and gardens. New complexes such as Nicolet Parc and Glengary Park offer spacious and attractive designs.
The city boasts a large array of luxury rental apartments for those who prefer totally carefree living. Windsor Place, Glendale Lakes, Coventry, Park Village, and Royal Oaks are a few of the many attractive complexes present in Glendale. Coventry was constructed in 1986 with 190 units in several two and three-story buildings. Part of the complex is a three-story office building housing the North Shore Public Library on its ground floor.
Single family home costs range from as low as $60,000 to in excess of $350,000. However, most of the homes in Glendale are valued between $80,000 and $275,000. Besides affordable housing, the city boasts one of the lowest property tax rates in Milwaukee County.[ top of page ]
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