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 and wonderful things.

• Johnson Controls is selling its building complex at 507 E. Michigan St. The company plans to lease the building back from the eventual buyer for about two years, during which it will move nearly 1,300 employees to its Glendale campus. It’s a “major blow to the downtown office market”! [BizTimes]

• Wait, maybe it isn’t a major blow? [Twitter]

• Anyway, the eventual buyer of the building will probably turn it into housing or hotels or whatever. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Work on the big $419 million overhaul of Milwaukee’s downtown convention center is expected to begin in January 2022. “We’re still at this point expecting a formalized ceremony to happen in 2021,” Wisconsin Center District spokeswoman Sarah Maio said. “The giant shovels and earth-moving will probably be in January 2022.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Also, naming rights for the soon-to-be-overhauled downtown convention center will soon be up for grabs. [BizTimes]

• Despite delays, developer Rick Wiegand still plans to convert the former Wisconsin Avenue School at 2708 W. Wisconsin Ave. into an extended-stay, “active lifestyle” hotel called the Ambassador Suites. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Bear Development plans to build 140 affordable apartments in a “downtown dead zone” near the corner of W. Michigan Street and N. James Lovell Street. [Urban Milwaukee]

• Central Standard Craft Distillery has purchased the former Wisconsin Leather Co. building at 320 E. Clybourn St. The Milwaukee-based distillery will convert the three-story building into a tasting room and events venue. [BizTimes]

• A building at 3409 N. 37th St. that was once used by a church and then used by Milwaukee Public Schools will become…a building used by a church as a school. [Urban Milwaukee]

• A chunk of the School Sisters of St. Francis convent at 1501 S. Layton Blvd. will be converted into “63 affordable apartments for seniors and families.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Big expansion and improvement plans are in motion for the Beerline Trail. [Urban Milwaukee]

• And what did we learn this week? They’re always building something. Ain’t that right, old song from my old band?

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