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.

• You know that triangular plot of land along North Water Street? The one where Brady Street kind of bends into Water Street? Right near Up-Down and the Danceworks building? With the Clear Channel billboards on it? Yeah, that one. It’s gonna be apartments now. Ogden & Co. Inc. wants to build a five-story (or possibly six-story), 76-unit apartment building on the site. The Clear Channel billboards (which, the last time we checked, are already coming down) and a small industrial building on North Jackson Street would be removed. Construction could start as early as this November. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Potential neighbors of the new development are into it, though parking may be an issue (of course). [Urban Milwaukee]

• That big Bay View development that everyone hated (including Ald. Tony Zielinski) is dead. Developer Scott Lurie withdrew his application for a two-building, 200-unit mixed-use development on the 2700 block of South Kinnickinnic Avenue. Hurray! [Bay View Compass]

• Um, maybe not? [Urban Milwaukee]

• A nine-story, 62-room Kinn Hotel planned for 600 N. Broadway has been downsized (thanks to the Historic Preservation Commission) to a seven-story, 45-room Kinn Hotel. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• Ever-busy developer Joshua Jeffers purchased the Milwaukee Cold Storage Co. Building, located at 100 S. 2nd St., for a cool $300,000. Jeffers plans to do…something with it. [Urban Milwaukee]

• Will the public areas of the redeveloping Shops of Grand Avenue get a cool $9 million in city money? Yes, yes they will. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• The non-public areas of the redeveloping Shops of Grand Avenue are already high-end apartments. But if the thought of living in a former used CD store isn’t enough for you, how about moving to Waukesha and living in a former prison cell? [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]


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