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.
• The highly contentious Freshwater Plaza development, located alongside a lonely stretch of S. 1st St. near E. Greenfield Ave., is getting some updates and upgrades. Gone is a proposed office building and parking garage; in is a six-story mixed-use apartment building that will join an already-existing four-story apartment building and Cermak Fresh Market grocery store. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Gov. Scott Walker announced plans to sell the charming-in-an-outdated-sort-of-way downtown state office building, and construct a new $50 million building to take its place. The new building will be located somewhere “roughly bounded by W. Hampton Ave on the north, W. Mitchell St. on the south, N. Holton St. on the east and Highway 175 on the west.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• Want more luxury apartments in the Third Ward? You’ve got more luxury apartments in Third Ward—31 of them, in the former Julien Shade Shop at 338-340 N. Milwaukee St. [BizTimes]
• The Milwaukee Advanced Foot and Ankle Clinic is relocating from Wauwatosa to Milwaukee, and will take up roost in a new three-story Bronzeville building at 1940 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. The site has been vacant since the 1980s. [Urban Milwaukee]
• A massive development on the corner of N. 27th St. and W. Wisconsin Ave. is moving forward. [Urban Milwaukee]
• A plan to redevelop the former St. James Episcopal Church into an apartment building and event venue is not. [Urban Milwaukee]
• The new downtown Hammes Company headquarters at 210 E. Knapp St. is nearing completion, and Urban Milwaukee has the pictures to prove it. [Urban Milwaukee]