Open house to celebrate anniversary

MENOMINEE – The Menominee Housing Commission will observe its 45th Anniversary with an open house at Bridgeview Apartments, 1801 8th Avenue, on Thursday, Sept. 29 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Guests will have the opportunity to tour the facilities, including one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments. Waiting lists are currently being established for the 71 one-bedroom and 12 two-bedroom apartments. Rent is based on a tenant’s income.

In addition to the total of 83 apartments, Bridgeview has a large sized community room for tenants to socialize, two laundry outlets, library and exercise room and a game room for playing pool. Tenants hold monthly birthday parties and other social events during the year. Two guest rooms are also available for rent for family members and friends visiting tenants. Tenants have an opportunity to have their own garden to grow vegetables, flowers and plants. Residents are allowed to have a small pet.

Bridgeview overlooks the beautiful Menominee River, is meticulously landscaped and is attractively decorated to meet seasonal holidays. Security cameras are positioned inside and outside the five-story building.

The Menominee Housing Commission operates under the rules and policies of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, (HUD), which was organized in 1965. The City of Menominee was one of the first in the region to begin discussions for developing housing under the HUD programs.

The local Commission’s organizational meeting was held Nov. 1, 1967. The charter members of the Commission were Mrs. Dorothy Sorenson, Abe T. Guy, Clayton Luedtke, Ron Wipfli and David Gustman. Luedtke was elected chairman of the Commission and later became its first Executive Director. Mayor John Reindl was the driving force behind the housing project.

Bridgeview Apartments were dedicated on Jan. 9, 1971. The first wave of tenants actually moved into their apartments on Dec. 28, 1970. Howard Immel of Green Bay was the general contractor. Nichols and Barone & Associates of Green Bay were the Architects.

The Public is invited to attend the open house in observing the 45th Anniversary of Bridgeview Apartments. Refreshments will be served. In the 45 years that Bridgeview has been in existence, there have only been three Directors. Clayton Luedtke, Bonnie Ruleau, and currently Pam Schick.