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 and wonderful things.

• Milwaukee’s got mass timber fever, apparently. Earlier this month, we told you about the topping-off of the 25-story Ascent apartment building, a.k.a. the tallest mass timber hybrid tower in the world. But don’t forget about the other Milwaukee mass timber project, The Edison.

Yes, the wheels are in motion for the 15-story, 200-unit mass timber apartment building at 1005 N. Edison St. along the Milwaukee River. Project developer The Neutral Project recently closed on the site (currently home to a for-sale warehouse for florist Rojahn & Malaney Co.), and plans to begin construction this spring. [Urban Milwaukee] explains some of the building’s features:

The third and 14th floors would include outdoor tenant decks and green roof components. The third floor space would allow for tenant gardening in raised beds. The smaller fourth-floor deck would include private patios for adjoining units.

Four commercial stalls with a combined 5,141 square feet of space are planned for the west side of the building, and targeted at a restaurant and cafe. The south side, facing E. State St., contains a small tenant lobby and the eastern side contains a bike storage room.

An automated parking system would be included in the base of the building, offering 102 spaces. That’s approximately half of the stalls included with most new high-end apartment buildings in Milwaukee.

Only the top 12 floors will be made from the enhanced-strength mass timber; the bottom three floors will be made from concrete.

• A beat-up five-stall parking garage at 902 S. 2nd St. is for sale, and the listing says the site is “the perfect location for a restaurant, bar or walk-up office space.” [Urban Milwaukee]

• The East Side building that houses Paddy’s Pub was for sale. Now it’s sold. Happily, Paddy’s will remain, “with some renovations.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• The Pabst Theater Group gave the green room of the Riverside Theater an upgrade and it’s totally sweet. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• New bar for 2nd Street. [Urban Milwaukee]

• New vegan restaurant for Brady Street. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• New Polish market for Howell Avenue. [OnMilwaukee]


• And what did we learn this week? Well, they’re always building something. Isn’t that right, old song from my old band that recently reunited for a show at Cactus Club and what the hell we’re just gonna keep playing again?

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