Depending on which news sources you follow, Milwaukee is going through either a “renaissance” or a “reinvention.” Or maybe it’s a “reboot” or a “reimagining,” like that crappy Tim Burton version of Planet Of The Apes. However you want to define it, it’s safe to say that Milwaukee is currently building a lot of new shit.
• A proposal to develop the only vacant lot on Brady Street will go before the Historic Preservation Commission today. Developer Scott Genke of SG Property Development wants to purchase the lot on the southwest corner of N. Marshall St. and E. Brady St. and build a two-story, mixed-use building. A city-issued press release notes: “Genke is proposing a contemporary brick building that matches the scale of Brady Street and respects the historic built environment.” [Urban Milwaukee]
• Speaking of vacant lots, developer Robert Joseph of Joseph Property Development recently scooped one up in Walker’s Point for a cool $1.02 million. Joseph hasn’t decided what to do with the site—located on the corner of E. Pittsburgh Avenue and S. First Street—but says it’s “clearly a gateway project. It’s clearly a project that should make a statement.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• You know how someone will always grumble, “Why is Milwaukee building so many condos?” and then some smart-ass will grumble back, “Milwaukee is building apartments, not condos”? Well, the Historic Third Ward Architectural Review Board recently approved a 13-unit condo project located at 610 E. Summerfest Pl. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Chicago-based Heartland Housing will convert the former 37th Street Elementary School into 50 senior apartments, and convert the former St. Anthony’s hospital—located at 1004 N. 10th St.—into 60 apartments “offering supportive services for homeless people.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• The site of the former Blommer Ice Cream factory is set to become a 64-unit mixed-use apartment complex dubbed the “Legacy Lofts.” [Urban Milwaukee]
• The future of the Mitchell Park Domes may be in limbo, but, hey, there’s another dome coming to the downtown area. The under-construction five-story headquarters for the Hammes Company—located at 210 E. Knapp St.—has a little dome on it. Nice! Oh, and people don’t like it, apparently. [Urban Milwaukee]