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!

• It’s been a bumpy road for Milwaukee’s proposed “Iron District” and its 8,000-seat soccer stadium. First announced in May 2022, the $160-million project—located on an 11-acre site near the 794/I-43 interchange in Downtown Milwaukee—initially included a hotel, some apartments, and a 3,500-person indoor concert venue. Unfortunately, that venue has since been downgraded to a hotel event space. (The hotel and apartments are still happening.) Meanwhile, in February 2023, Gov. Tony Evers allocated $9.3 million in state cash to the project. Unfortunately, Republican lawmakers stripped that cash away. As the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said in October: “It’s been a year and no soccer stadium. The next 90 days critical for ‘aggressive’ timeline for Milwaukee pro-soccer to start a new team.”

Well, help is on the way! Last week, Evers announced that the now-$220-million Iron District soccer stadium project will indeed get that $9.3 million, via funds from the American Rescue Plan. The cash, according to an Evers press release, “will transform a long-vacant property into a thriving destination, as well as advance both local and state tourism and athletic as well as community offerings at one of the busiest intersections in the state.”

The $9.3 million is part of a $36 million American Rescue Plan package that will be doled out to a total of five projects across the state. And one of those other projects is… [OnMilwaukee]

• Work on the Bronzeville Creative Arts and Technology Hub is expected to begin next spring. The development will feature a “60-unit, mixed-income apartment building and entrepreneurial workspace on a 1.1-acre site at the northwest corner of N. 6th Street and W. North Avenue.” Also, “48 of the apartments would be set aside at below-market rates for qualifying households.” And yes, the project will get a $5 million grant from Gov. Evers’ package. [Urban Milwaukee]

• Missouri-based Veterans Community Project wants to build 40 tiny houses for veterans experiencing homelessness at 6767 N. 60th St. Pending the results of an $11.7 million fundraising campaign, construction could begin next spring. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• A vacant lot on the corner of S. 27th Street and W. Abbott Avenue is set to become a non-inexpensive, non-boilerplate strip mall. “This will not be an inexpensive, boilerplate strip mall,” said architect Shannon Liggett. [Urban Milwaukee]

• City officials approved a tentative plan to build a bunch of housing—including a possible 14-story tower—on the site of a former Army Reserve facility in Bay View. “I think it’s probably one of the most valuable pieces of property in the city of Milwaukee, bar none,” said Alderman Michael Murphy. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Rich couples really want to build a new house at 2409 N. Terrace Ave., near Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s on the East Side, and next to new houses of other rich couples. The Historic Preservation Commission delayed plans from a previous rich couple, but now appears ready to go ahead with plans from a different rich couple. [Urban Milwaukee]

• An Illinois company wants to build a “six-building, 78-unit apartment complex on a vacant site at N. 72nd Street and W. Dean Rd.” The development would be an extension of a 123-unit complex known as The Villas at Granville. [Urban Milwaukee]

• The Milwaukee Brewers recently purchased a 1.8-acre site near American Family Field for $2.1 million. The site is the home of the National Salvage Recycling Center. The Brewers say it will allow for “continued meeting of storage needs.” Exciting stuff from an exciting organization! [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

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