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 (hold on to your monocles, everyone who complains about this column every other week) new shit.

• Remember La Fuente? The La Fuente at 625 S. 5th St. in Walker’s Point? We miss it. Anyway, Mandel Group Inc. and Catalyst Partners are proposing turning the entire block where La Fuente used to be into a six-story, 144-unit apartment building. The project would cost between $30 and $35 million. Jesus.

According to the Milwaukee Business Journal:

The building would run from Bruce to Pierce streets, between a mid-block alley and Fifth Street. It would replace the former La Fuente restaurant, a one-story industrial building and three-story apartments. [Mandel Group President Ian] Martin said the developers would help residents of that existing apartment building relocate to comparable or better housing.

The plan is described as preliminary and still needs approval from the city. If all goes well, construction could begin “as early as spring 2021.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• The three-apartment house on the corner of Downer and Park on the East Side that has been burnt-out since 2019 is gonna be replaced by a non-burnt-out four-apartment house. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

• The three-story building on the corner of 5th and National in Walker’s Point that has been under construction since 2018 is gonna be a market-rate apartment building with an event venue and basement bar. [Urban Milwaukee]

• The lot on the corner of 5th and Mineral in Walker’s Point that has been vacant for decades is gonna be a six-story, 68-unit apartment building called Element. [Urban Milwaukee]

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