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.
• You know that big empty site just to the west of the UWM dorms on East North Avenue? Kind of across the street from Adventure Rock and Pick ‘n Save? Just before you get to Humboldt (if you’re headed from the east)? In that area that’s technically Riverwest but it still feels like the East Side? Well hey! General Capital Group LLP and KG Development Group LLC want to build a four-story, 91-unit affordable apartment complex there, complete with “a center that provides cooking classes, urban farming and food entrepreneurship services.” Cool!
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Programs would include free cooking and nutrition classes [sponsored by] Riverwest Food Pantry; urban agriculture demonstration projects sponsored by Teens Grow Greens; satellite culinary classes offered by MKE Food School and Milwaukee Area Technical College, and reduced cost commercial kitchen time.
The apartments, meanwhile, “would have two to three bedrooms and would be targeted to lower-income families with children.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• The impossible has happened, Milwaukee. The looooooooooooooooong-in-the-works 44-story, 300-unit, high-end Couture apartment tower is FINALLY happening. Construction of the lakefront pleasure palace—first proposed way back in 2012—is set to begin in January 2021. Holy crap. [Urban Milwaukee]
• A reminder that “couture” means “sewing.” [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• Developer Melissa Allen wants to buy 12 vacant lots in the city’s Harambee neighborhood and build 13 units of affordable housing. What’s more, Allen intends to rehab 10 units of existing housing and create a new community center. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Everyone’s thrilled that Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton is demolishing a Brewers Hill building at 1737 N. Palmer St. to make room for high-end apartments…except for the small business owners who currently call the building home and will soon have to move. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]
• Back in 2019, Wangard Partners announced plans to demolish an old industrial building at 1958-1970 S. 1st. St. in the city’s Harbor District and build a 200-unit apartment building there. Now, the company is considering different new and wonderful stuff for the site. [Urban Milwaukee]
• That new Wheel & Sprocket at 187 E. Becher St. in Bay View will open in December. The self-described “coolest bike shop in the world” looks pretty neat! [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Expect more new and wonderful things on North Broadway in Downtown Milwaukee thanks to the recently completed BMO Tower. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Miller Park will become American Family Field in January 2021. New signage may be installed a month later. [Milwaukee Business Journal]