Depending on which news sources you follow, Milwaukee is going through either a “renaissance” or a “reinvention.” However you want to define it, it’s safe to say that Milwaukee is currently building a lot of new and wonderful things! Here are some of them, brought to you by GTG Home Buyers!
• You know what’s cool? Adding “green infrastructure components” to the empty concrete wasteland underneath and surrounding the Becher Street / I-43/94 overpass. You know what’s even cooler? Those “green infrastructure components” capturing contaminated stormwater runoff from the road above that would “otherwise end up in the nearby Kinnickinnic River or Deep Tunnel combined sewer system.” And hey, the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District is currently doing just that!
“The Becher Street environmental project follows a larger effort that saw green infrastructure, including a new pedestrian trail, installed underneath the Marquette Interchange,” explains [Urban Milwaukee]. “That project was put into place at the same time a large homeless encampment, known as Tent City, had been established, and subsequently removed, in the area.”
• Remember when FPC Live announced plans to build a double-room concert venue on the site of the old Bradley Center in the Deer District, directly across the street from Turner Hall Ballroom? Remember when that planned venue was eventually changed to a single 4,500-person room? Well, that slimmed-down plan recently won final approval from the Milwaukee Common Council. “Construction will take 18 months and the company hopes to have the venue completed in 2025,” reports [The Daily Reporter].
• The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded Milwaukee County $1.8 million for an affordable housing program. The program “provides funding for housing agencies to expand housing mobility programs that help families using Section 8 housing vouchers move to neighborhoods with high-performing schools, jobs, low crime rates and other amenities.” [Urban Milwaukee]
• Speaking of affordable housing, a north side parking lot could be the site of a new five-story building with 40 affordable senior apartments, plus “10 more rental units in side-by-side townhome buildings.” [BizTimes]
• Northwestern Mutual is gearing up for a big $500 million renovation of its north tower in Downtown Milwaukee, and may include a drugstore and a restaurant on the tower’s ground floor. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• A local developer wants to transform a long-vacant four-story building at 2627-2631 W. State St. into six apartments and two ground-floor commercial spaces. “Plans call for marketing the commercial space to tenants interested in starting a cafe or opening a fitness training operation,” reports [Urban Milwaukee].
• Crews are currently tearing down the hulking, concrete, and long-empty 11-story Courteen Seed Company warehouse at 222 W. Freshwater Way. “Development plans for the property are in the early stages with nothing definitive to share at this time,” says a spokesperson for the building’s owners. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Coming next month to the Lincoln Warehouse a 2018 S. 1st St.: a physical location for the Museum of Beer & Brewing! [OnMilwaukee]