Back in 2016, the owners of the Bay View Hamburger Mary’s, 2130 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., packed up and moved shop to the former La Perla building, 734 S. 5th St. Since then, the Walker’s Point Hamburger Mary’s has become a bright, bold, and welcome addition to the rapidly changing neighborhood. But what of the old Hamburger Mary’s? Well, per Milwaukee development law, it appears the location will likely become—wait for it—a mixed-use apartment building.
The news comes courtesy of Bay View Alderman Tony Zielinski:
“Plans seem imminent for a mixed use development proposal at the old Hamburger Mary’s location,” Zielinski says in a Facebook post. “The first floor would be retail and the upper floors would be housing. We should be ready for a community meeting in about a month or so.”
The owners of the old Hamburger Mary’s building, Phoenix Burger LLC (an affiliate of Milwaukee-based Phoenix Investors), bought the La Perla building in 2016 for $1 million. Milwaukee Record has reached out to the company for comment.
Bay View is currently in the throes of ye olde Milwaukee development, with a five-story apartment building taking the place of the old Faust music store, 288 apartments popping up a few blocks west, and more. Meanwhile, over on the East Side, the newly shuttered BBC awaits its marching orders.
UPDATE: BizTimes reports that the $21 million project is being proposed by Milwaukee-based New Land Enterprises, and will include “144 apartments and up to 15,000 square feet of retail space, parking and other amenity space, according to a zoning change application submitted to the city.”