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.

• Construction will soon begin on a four-story, 64-unit apartment building at 418 E. Ogden St. The building represents the second phase of the three-building “Avenir” apartment complex being built by Wangard Partners. The complex, located on the once-barren Park East Freeway site, will eventually “fill the entire block bounded by E. Lyon St., N. Jefferson St., E. Ogden St. and N. Milwaukee St.”

Urban Milwaukee has more info:

Units would primarily be one-bedroom with an additional 11 studio and 11 two-bedroom units. The 91,660-square-foot building would include 4,897 square feet of retail space. By occupancy standards, the retail spaces in the first phase have been very successful, being effectively full since 2015.

Oh, and “avenir” is French for “future.” [Urban Milwaukee]

• Developer Scott Genke will build a new two-story apartment building on the vacant lot next to the former Alchemist Theatre, 2569 S. Kinnickinnic Ave, in Bay View. The building will have 18 units—mostly studio apartments—and rents will start at $995 a month. The first floor will be a “live-work apartment” complete with 1,200 square feet for retail. Construction is set to begin in April. (The former Alchemist Theatre, meanwhile, will soon be home to a new project from the owners of Honeypie Cafe.) [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Developer and architect Peter Renner wants to build a three-story office building at the intersection of E. Erie Street and N. Jefferson Street in the Third Ward. The building would include indoor parking, an open-air deck, and 16,000 square feet of office space “suited for a firm with 50 to 100 employees.” [Urban Milwaukee]

• Land near Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport at 550 W. Grange Ave. could be home to a “large new speculative industrial building.” But first, the site needs a cool $1 million to clean up some contaminated soil. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Work is nearly complete on a six-story apartment building on the corner of S. 2nd Street and W. Mineral Street in Downtown Milwaukee. The so-called Quartet building will complement the nearby Trio building, and will have a total of 48 one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. Rents “will start at approximately $1,100 for a one-bedroom apartment and grow to $2,600 for a three-bedroom apartment.” [Urban Milwaukee]

• Financing approval for a massive expansion of Milwaukee’s downtown convention center is moving fast—too fast, says Alderman Bob Bauman. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

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