Glendale is home to more than a dozen well-known corporate names that occupy two major industrial/office areas on the west side and in the southeast corner of the community.
On the city's west side is Glendale Industrial Park, with 245 acres. Fully occupied, it is home to such firms as Johnson Controls and W.H. Brady Company. The latter has 1,200
employees and produces labels, identification products, (automobile seating, and controls). Johnson Controls has 2,500 workers and manufactures batteries, and commercial and environmental controls. Other nationally known occupants include Square D Company, Autotrol Corporation, and Briggs and Stratton Corporation.
Estabrook Corporate Park and the new 47-acre Glendale Technology Center, in the southeastern corner of Glendale, are the city's newest hot properties. Several businesses have already constructed handsome new buildings. Deluxe Data Corporation has moved into a sparkling new, rose colored glass and brick structure. The firm provides card services for welfare agencies and the banking industry. It employs 450 people. An office structure named Barnabas Business Center is also new to the area. Estabrook Corporate Park is also home to the Columbia Musculoskeletal Institute, an arm of Columbia Hospital specializing in rehabilitation services.
A new addition to the Technology District is Forrer Business Interiors, a major interior design firm and the largest distributor of Steelcase commercial furniture in the State of Wisconsin. Forrer employs 100 plus workers.
In addition, several existing firms have located adjacent to the Technology Center. These include Bentley World Packaging with 420 employees, Maglio & Sons, a wholesale fruit and vegetable vendor, Heinn/Trend, a manufacturer of catalog binders as well as presentation book covers and Reindl Bindery Company, providing book binding service. The latter firms purchased the buildings previously owned by the Square D Company. Finally, the area includes the Milwaukee River Hilton Hotel and the Barnabas Business Center.
Forrer Business Interiors is the latest corporate occupant of the new Glendale Technology Center, completing its new 75,000 square-foot building in 1997. Joining Forrer during 1998 in the Technology Center will be Weyco Group; dress shoe manufacturer and distributor. Due to the strong demand for property within the Technology District, several other office and/or warehouse facilities are being proposed or constructed.
Family Fun for Everyone
Glendale families have ready access to a wide array of sports, recreation, and activities through the services of two recreation organizations: the Glendale Recreation Department and the Nicolet Recreation Department, both financed by area school districts.
The Glendale Recreation Department is headquartered at Good Hope School, part of the Glendale-River Hills School District. It uses school facilities for all of its seasonal recreation programs. The department designs a host of summertime sports and activities for youngsters from kindergarten through grade seven. It organizes league play for softball, soccer, and basketball, and provides water sports, swimming lessons, and open family swimming at the Glen Hills Middle School indoor pool.
The Glendale Senior Citizens Club occupies space on the lower level of Glen Hills Middle School. Open year around, the club offers a wide range of activities for seniors, including classes on topics of interest, speakers, fitness programs, and trips.
The Nicolet Recreation Department reports to the Nicolet High School District board and also provides an extensive seasonal program of sports, fitness, activities, and recreation for Glendale families. Outdoor sports use the athletic fields of the high school, while indoor activities, including swimming, are contained within the high school building. The department provides programs for all ages from tots to seniors. Like the Glendale Recreation Department, Nicolet organizes sports leagues and promotes fitness programs. For adults, there are several educational programs such as financial seminars and stress management classes. In cooperation with the Milwaukee Area Technical College, the department provides evening classes in such things as meal planning for seniors, conversational French, stained glass, and furniture upholstery.
Augmenting the city's small neighborhood parks are four large Milwaukee County Parks that border the City. At the south end of the community, along the banks of the Milwaukee River, is Lincoln Park, a 318-acre facility with an outdoor swimming pool, soccer fields, nine-hole golf course, picnic areas, archery ranges, and baseball and softball diamonds. The park's Blatz Pavilion is available for public and private functions.
Along the Milwaukee River and running with the eastern border of Glendale is Estabrook Park. This park has baseball, soccer and football fields for use by the public. There is an extensive bike path that meanders through the park.
Kletzsch Park borders the western bank of the river. One hundred nineteen acres in size, the park features a terraced waterfall, wooded terrain, and extensive open spaces. It offers picnicking and play areas, softball diamonds, and archery ranges.
Bordering Glendale's northern most residential area is Brown Deer Park, a facility that includes a 18-hole golf course that holds the GMO (Greater Milwaukee Open) each year. Among its many amenities are bicycle and jogging trails and a scenic picnic area.
Proximity to Milwaukee gives Glendale residents numerous opportunities to view professional sports teams in action. The Milwaukee Brewers, the newly assigned National League team, play professional baseball in the confines of Milwaukee County Stadium. The city's Bradley Center is home to the Milwaukee Admirals (hockey), the Milwaukee Bucks (basketball), the Milwaukee Mustangs (indoor pro football), and the Milwaukee Wave (indoor professional soccer). Eihlein Soccer Park is home to the Milwaukee Rampage, a professional outdoor soccer team. College basketball can be enjoyed at Bradley Center Arena in downtown Milwaukee where Marquette University's Golden Eagles play. UWM's (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) Panthers play home games at the arena (Wisconsin Center).
Convenience & Quality
Glendale residents are never far from a shopping center, whether it is big Bayshore Mall or one of several small strip centers. Shopping convenience is an accustomed feature of daily life in Glendale.
The City led the nation with the construction of Bayshore Shopping Center in 1953. At the time, there were only a few such centers in the United States. When it was enclosed and climate-controlled and became Bayshore Mall in 1976, it continued to be unique. It is not a "seen one seen them all" mall, in that many of its stores are locally owned and carry names and merchandise not found in most enclosed shopping centers. Bayshore also has two large, high quality department stores, Sears and Boston Store, as anchors. Bright, landscaped concourses connect the department stores and are lined with 75 stores, shops, boutiques, restaurants, and services that satisfy most family needs.
Fashionable Bayshore Mall is located on N. Port Washington Road, the community's primary commercial street. It is a route lined with elegant motor inns, small convenience centers, freestanding shops and services, and restaurants of every description, all highly visible from Interstate 43 which parallels Port Washington from one end of the community to the other.
Another shopping area close by on Silver Spring Drive near its intersection of Port Washington Road leads into the attractive downtown shopping district of Whitefish Bay, less than five minutes away.
Several small strip shopping centers dot Green Bay Avenue as it courses north to south through the community, usually near one of the many luxury apartment complexes also found along Green Bay Avenue. Among these shopping centers are Glendale Square, at Green Bay and Green Tree Road, Crestwood Shopping Center, at Green Bay and Silver Spring, and a new center under construction on Silver Spring to the east of Green Bay Avenue.
Facilities of seven banks are located in Glendale, promoting economic growth and providing a solid financial foundation in the community.
Under the city's economic redevelopment programs, Glendale seeks to acquire decaying retail properties, clear the land, upgrade infrastructure, and resell the property to developers. Several such projects are underway. These redevelopment programs are key elements in the success of keeping Glendale current and changing with the times.
Festivals & Fanfare
Music and the arts enrich Glendale and are enriched by it. For example, Russia invited Nicolet High School's marching band to represent the United States as a participant in Moscow's 850th anniversary. The band is but one of 10 musical aggregations at the high school which include the Chamber Singers, three choirs, an orchestra, the Chamber Strings, a concert band, and a symphonic band.
Parents and friends fill the school's auditorium each of the 10 times one of these organizations presents a concert. The same is true for the six times each year that the theater arts students perform a one act play.
Throughout eight weeks of summer, community businesses and the Glendale Recreation Department sponsor a free weekly concert series titled "Music in the Glen." The concerts feature a variety of artists playing a broad range of music.
The Glendale Fourth of July celebration is an all day affair, organized by community volunteers. It features a big parade and a day of family fun. Oktoberfest, held three weekends in September at Old Heidelberg Park in Glendale is a celebration of the area's German heritage with a grand variety of family fun and activities. In June, the park is the setting for the Milwaukee Highland Games of Soccer and the Bavarian Volkfest.
The North Shore Library, located off Port Washington Road in the Coventry Complex on Glendale's northeast side, is a cultural focal point for the community and the three adjacent villages it serves. The library has 84,200 volumes in its collection and an annual circulation of nearly 357,000. It offers special programs for youngsters and adults. Story times for children three years and up are among them, as are Toddle Time for two-year-olds and Mother Goose Time for one-year-olds. Story Time celebrates literature with stories, fingerplays, songs, flannel board tales, puppetry, simple crafts, creative dramatics, and other interactive activities.
The library is affiliated with the Milwaukee County Library System, enabling patrons to obtain books from 27 different Milwaukee area libraries. Patrons can also tap into the Internet for information and research.
Proximity to Milwaukee assures Glendale residents easy access to all of Milwaukee's cultural and entertainment assets. In music and dance that means the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Ballet, the Florentine Opera, and the Bel Canto Chorus. In theater, it means the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, the Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Next Act Theatre, and First Stage Milwaukee Theater for Children.
The famous 1895 Pabst Theater features internationally famed artists in a wide array of fields, from music and comedy to dance, jazz, and opera. The UWM's Fine Arts Center offers more than 200 theater, dance, and music performances annually by faculty and students and by internationally acclaimed performers. Eight large art museums and galleries are also highlights of any visit to the area.
Striving for Excellence
Three public school districts serve Glendale residents. All reach for excellence in their programs, instructors, staff, equipment, and buildings.
Glendale-River Hills School District, with three schools, serves most of Glendale and a portion of River Hills. Good Hope School houses kindergarten, Parkway School first through fourth grades, and Glen Hills Middle School the fifth through the eighth grades. About 1,200 students are enrolled in the district's schools.
In both the elementary and the middle school, educators focus on assuring that basics of reading, math, and language arts are learned and understood. As examples of the success of its programs, the district points to a host of awards and recognitions achieved by students and staff. Its literary magazine has received an excellence award for the eighth straight year from the National Council of Teachers of English. Nearly 96 percent of third graders scored above the state performance standards in the DPI reading test. Seven students won Wisconsin Talent Search Scholar Awards. The Glen Hills administrator, Robert Kattman, is chairman of the Education Division of the American Society for Quality and was a keynote speaker for a national session attended by 5,000 education leaders.
The district offers an extensive gifted and talented program as well as programs for students with special educational needs.
Maple Dale-Indian Hills School District serves a small area in the northeast corner of Glendale with two schools in neighboring communities. Its programs and facilities are comparable to those of Glendale-River Hills.
Nicolet High School District, which is fed by students from the Glendale-River Hills and Maple Dale Systems, operates one school located on the east side of Glendale, alongside I-43. The high school has approximately 1,320 students enrolled and sees as its mission continually preparing students for success at colleges and universities and in careers of their choosing. Milwaukee Magazine has named Nicolet High School the number one public school in the metropolitan Milwaukee area. Redbook has cited Nicolet as one of America's 63 high schools of excellence and was awarded a Blue Ribbon designation.
Students at Nicolet High School choose from more than 230 different courses, include six foreign languages: Japanese, French, German, Hebrew, Latin, and Spanish. The school offers a dozen advance placement courses, which earn college credit while students are still in high school. These courses include senior English, art, French, German, Spanish, statistics, calculus, computer science, biology, chemistry, American history, and economics. There are a high number of National Merit candidates and 72% of students go on to higher education.
In addition, the school offers more than 40 courses in business, family and consumer education, and technology education, all designed to prepare students for entry level positions in business and industry or for continuing their education at a technical college. There are also several business internship and community internship opportunities which earn high school credits.
Nicolet High School encourages student participation in extracurricular activities. It sponsors nearly 50 special interest clubs and organizations. The school also fields competitive teams in 19 sports for boys and girls.
Glendale parents have alternatives to public education in several parochial systems. Dominican High School is situated in the adjacent Village of Whitefish Bay, a few hundred feet beyond the Glendale boundary. Nearly 500 students are enrolled in this Catholic, coeducational, college preparatory high school operated by the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters.
Dominican High School students were recently recognized for excellence at local and state wide science competitions, fine arts fairs, theatre festivals, math contests, creative writing competitions, and for music and athletic accomplishments. In recent years, more than 25 students have earned National merit candidate status, ranking them in the top one percent academically in the nation.
St. Francis Children's Center, founded in 1969, serves children with regular and exceptional needs. Servicing between 400 and 500 children each year, the curriculum is tailored to individual student's needs including therapeutic, psychological and social services.
The diverse educational opportunities abound with Hebrew schools, Catholic schools, St. Eugene and St. Monica's. Parochial schools and the University School of Milwaukee are located in River Hills north of Glendale.
More than a dozen daycare and preschool centers, are located in the Glendale area, providing educational play and developing social skills in young children. A Montessori school is also nearby.
Several Nearby Colleges
Glendale students need not go far for high quality college and university education opportunities. Several excellent institutions are located within the Milwaukee metropolitan area.
Two of four campuses of the Milwaukee Area Technical College (MATC) are within easy reach, one in downtown Milwaukee and the other in rural Mequon, a few minutes north of Glendale. MATC is Wisconsin's largest technical college. More than 63,000 students are enrolled at its four locations. A two-year college, MATC offers associate degrees in liberal arts, applied science, and applied arts. It also awards technical diplomas and certificates. MATC operates an adult high school for those who want to upgrade their skills and do not have a high school diploma. In addition, the college offers a variety of continuing education credit and personal enrichment programs.
In total, MATC offers nearly 100 academic and career majors. Each year, the college conducts more than 4,000 classes throughout the area days, evenings, weekends, and on television via College of the Air.
In Glendale's northeast section, close to the North Shore Public Library, is the 40-acre campus of Cardinal Stritch University. Stritch, a Catholic, coeducational, comprehensive university is also Wisconsin's second largest independent university. Some 1,100 undergraduates are enrolled in the College of Education, College of Arts and Sciences, and the College of Nursing. In addition, the university has 1,800 graduate students and 2,267 students in the College of Business and Management Studies.
Cardinal Stritch offers associate degrees, bachelor's degrees, and master's degrees in 25 different majors. Since 1982, the university has offered Programs in Management for Adults (PMA). Courses are designed for working adults and involve four-hour class sessions once a week. Participants also form study groups that meet outside of class to work on assigned individual and group projects. Through PMA participation, students earn associate of science with concentration in business degrees or one of several certificates.
The university also provides an extensive program of continuing education, including computer training, personal finances, professional development, personal development, special interests, and classes for children.
The University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee (UWM) stands on a 108-acre campus in the heart of Milwaukee's east side, only minutes from Glendale. More than 22,300 students are enrolled in university classes. The university offers 100 undergraduate majors in 10 schools and colleges, plus 47 masters programs and 17 doctoral programs. UWM is listed in the Carnegie Classification of Higher Education as an Advanced Research University II. Only 3.5 percent of American degree-granting institutions achieve this high standard.
To the north of Glendale in the City of Mequon is the rural campus of Concordia University. It encompasses the schools of arts and sciences, science and mathematics, business, human services, nursing and social work, and graduate studies. Founded in 1881, the university is affiliated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and awards associate of arts, bachelor of arts, bachelor of science and master's degrees. More than 4,400 students are enrolled.
Another opportunity for higher education available to Glendale students is Marquette University, whose urban campus is just to the west of Milwaukee's downtown business district - twelve minutes away. A Jesuit Catholic institution, the university awards bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in ten colleges: arts and sciences, communication, engineering, business administration, health sciences, law, dentistry, education, nursing, and graduate studies.
Other institutions of higher education in the Milwaukee metropolitan area include the Medical College of Wisconsin, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, the Milwaukee School of Engineering, Mount Mary College, and Marian College.
Healing Closer to Home
From in town medical facilities to several nearby hospitals, Glendale families are assured of speedy access to skilled medical care when needed.
Much of the health care available in Glendale and its immediate area falls under two umbrella organizations, Covenant Healthcare and Horizon Healthcare Inc. The two have numerous hospitals, clinics, and long term nursing facilities.
Part of the Columbia/St. Marys Hospital consortium, the Columbia Musculoskeletal Institute is housed in a multi-story building in Glendale's Estabrook Corporate Park. Its many services include diagnosis, rehabilitation, ambulatory surgery, the Midwest Arthritis Treatment Center, a pain center, a foot clinic, sports medicine, occupational medicine and a center for work fitness.
St. Michael Hospital, just outside Glendale's southern limits in the City of Milwaukee, is part of Covenent Healthcare, which encompasses four hospitals and a dozen other care treatment facilities. It has a medical staff of nearly 600 physicians, representing all medical specialties. Among the hospital's medical services are alcohol and drug treatment, cancer care, cardiac care, a 24 hour emergency room, family care, gastrointestinal center, a mental health center, orthopedics, pediatrics, a spina bifida center, rehabilitation services and a women and infant care center.
Columbia Hospital, which is located adjacent to the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, is within easy reach for Glendale residents. A 394-bed community hospital, it offers the full range of medical specialties, programs and services.
The St. Mary's Hospital, located on North Lake Drive, Milwaukee is a Sister of Charity hospital which has recently combined their operational forces with Columbia Hospital to better serve their clientele. St. Mary's is the area's oldest, private general hospital and regional burn center, traditionally a leader in preventative medical and surgical nursing practices. A not-for-profit medical center, St. Mary's has 314 beds and focuses on holistic treatment.
The new St. Mary's Hospital Ozaukee, an associate member of the Columbia/St. Mary's consortium located in nearby Mequon, to the north of Glendale, presents the appearance of a huge country villa, with long slopping roofs and non-institutional lines. With 80 beds and more than 500 physicians on staff, the hospital is a state-of-the-art facility providing advanced medical technologies and quality health care programs. Among its medical services are behavioral medicine, a birthing center, cancer center, 24-hour emergency service, medical imaging, occupational health, rehabilitation services, surgery, and testing and treatment services.
More than a dozen nursing homes are located in Glendale and adjacent communities, providing short and long term skilled nursing care. The area also has several retirement communities offering independent and assisted living apartments and a variety of convenience services. Additional projects are in the works to serve this population.
Serving the Public
Glendale citizens enjoy the best of two worlds. They have the responsiveness of elected officials and the efficiency and effectiveness of a skilled professional city administrator. The city is governed by a mayor and six council members who hire the city administrator to oversee government operations and carry out council mandates.
Government is headquartered in an attractive complex of one story buildings on Milwaukee River Parkway, in the heart of the city. Near City Hall is a reminder of the community's early years. The first Town of Milwaukee Hall, built in 1872, is preserved on this site.
Citizens dial enhanced 911 for all emergency services police, fire, and ambulance. The Police Department is adjacent to the administration area of City Hall. The department has more than 40 sworn officers and conducts a host of public services programs like the national D.A.R.E. anti-drug program in the elementary grades.
North Shore Fire Department was established in 1995 to serve Glendale and six neighboring communities. Total population of the area is more than 68,660. In all, 106 full-time firefighters serve the seven communities from five stations. The Glendale station, located in the Glendale government complex, houses a fire engine, a ladder truck, an ambulance, and several reserve apparatuses. Paramedic Unit 8 is also housed at the station.
The department provides a number of public services, including citizen CPR training. It offers fire extinguisher instruction, fire safety talks for groups, home inspections and exit drills, Fire Prevention Week station tours, and a variety of booklets detailing elements of fire safety. One provides helpful information on what homeowners should do following a home fire. In cooperation with the local Residence Inn, the department offers one night's lodging without cost to victims of home fires.
Through its Community Development Department, Glendale encourages redevelopment of business and industrial properties through such incentives as Tax Increment Finance Districts, and low interest capital through loan funds. The new Glendale Technology Center and Estabrook Corporate Park are the result of city redevelopment programs.
Glendale receives its electricity from Wisconsin Electric Power Company. Natural gas is supplied by Wisconsin Gas Company. North Shore Water Commission supplies the city with water from Lake Michigan. The city has a pumping capacity of 16 million gallons per day and an average daily consumption of 5.5 million gallons. Waste water treatment is provided by the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. Telephone service is provided by Ameritech.[ top of page ]
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