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.
• Preliminary work has begun on a glassy, 25-story, 360,000-square-foot high rise to be located on the site of the current BMO Harris Bank parking garage at N. Water St. and E. Wells St. The parking garage is set to be razed, and a formal groundbreaking ceremony was held last week. When completed, the so-called BMO Harris Financial Center at Market Square will be the 12th tallest building in the city. [Urban Milwaukee]
• A $30 million, seven-story mixed-use apartment building is being planned for the corner of Broadway and E. Clybourn Street. According to developer Joshua Jeffers, the new building will include 108 market-rate apartments, more than 9,000 square feet for retail, and 144 parking spaces. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Speaking of Jeffers, the developer also wants to build a seven-story, mixed-use complex behind the St. James Episcopal Church at 833 W. Wisconsin Ave. Jeffers wants to utilize the currently empty church as a venue for events, too. [Urban Milwaukee]
• That proposed 14-story, 220-room hotel on top of the Humphrey Scottish Rite Masonic Center is inching closer to becoming a thing. The developer, Ascendant Holdings, bought the site earlier this month for a cool $3.5 million. “Next step is to engage in a full architectural and engineering design process,” Ascendant Holdings’ Eric Nordeen told Urban Milwaukee. “Our current plans are conceptual, and a lot of design work is still needed. We probably need four to six months to complete this process, (with) planning to start construction next summer.” [Urban Milwaukee]
• Husband and wife team Dale Stenbroten and Katy Rowe want to convert a three-story stone mansion at 817 N. Marshall St. into a 20-suite “home-tel.” The so-called “Art House Hotel” will be a “cross between the kinds of houses typically available to travelers on Airbnb and a professional hotel, situated in an 1898-era building near downtown Milwaukee.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Here are some pictures of that big-ass tower being built over by Pizza Shuttle and Red Light Ramen. [Urban Milwaukee]