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.

• Serious (and noisy) work has begun on the 44-story, 322-unit luxury Couture apartment building—nearly a full decade after the project was first proposed. The site of the long-delayed behemoth, located along the lakefront by that ridiculous/horrible intersection, is currently in “pile-driving” mode. So yeah, it’s a little loud down there right now.

In case you forgot what The Couture is/will be, [Urban Milwaukee] has a nice summary:

The final product, estimated at its May groundbreaking to cost $190 million, will contain 322 apartments, 45,000 square feet of retail space, more than 500 parking stalls and a multi-story public transit concourse for The Hop and East-West Bus Rapid Transit line. The 41-story tower will rise from a three-story base that includes the commercial space, transit concourse and potential future bridge connections to adjoining properties.

Construction is set to wrap up in 2023.

• The big ThriveOn King development coming to 2153 N. King Dr. will include Milwaukee’s newest favorite thing: a food hall! The 350,000-square-foot project will also feature “89 affordable and market-rate apartments, with 27 of the 74 affordable units set aside for seniors.” Oh, and “100,000 square feet of offices and research space.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• A two-story, 30-unit apartment building may be coming to a vacant lot at 2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. The site was previously home to the Bay View American Legion post. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Three duplexes may be coming to a city-owned lot at 1703-1719 W. State St. The site is just north of Marquette University. [Urban Milwaukee]

• The Paul Weise Furniture Building at 1534-1542 N. Farwell Ave. is gonna be converted into high-end apartments. [Urban Milwaukee]

• The old Dairy Distributors building at 1617-1633 E. North Ave. (a.k.a. that building across the street from the East Side McDonald’s) is gonna be converted into 17 apartments. The old Perlick Corporation factory at 3040-3100 W. Meinecke Ave., meanwhile, is gonna be converted into senior housing. [Urban Milwaukee]

• A three-story, mixed-use building is coming to 3765-3769 N. Port Washington Ave. The $1.8 million development will include a restaurant, a recording studio, and four apartments. The site is currently home to a fire-damaged building that is set to be demolished in December. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Reminder: A 311-unit “apartment community” is coming to Bayshore. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• No $24 million federal grant for YOU, Milwaukee streetcar! [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• And what did we learn this week? Well, they’re always building something. Isn’t that right, old song from my old band that’s reuniting December 19 at Cactus Club?

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