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.

• The new owner of the soon-to-be-Milwaukee-Journal-Sentinel-less Milwaukee Journal Sentinel complex, developer Josh Jeffers, wants to turn the historic downtown landmark into, you guessed it, a “mixed-use building containing 103 housing units and ground-floor retail space.” So long, Journal Sentinel building; hello studio apartments.

As for more details of the so-called “Journal Square Lofts”:

The units would be a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units, ranging in size from 495 square feet to 1,472 square feet. There would be 22 studio units, 47 one-bedroom units, 21 two-bedroom units and 13 three-bedroom units. The plans do not specify pricing for the units, but do include a reference to them being affordable.

The Journal Sentinel is expected to move to the nearby 330 Kilbourn office towers in late 2020. Work on the Journal Square Lofts is expected to begin in 2021. [BizTimes]

• The empty Fletcher School near Northridge Mall could be redeveloped into 100 affordable apartments and “community spaces for local social service groups including the YMCA.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• The long-empty Northridge Mall, meanwhile, is getting some extra security. [Milwaukee Business Journal]

• Developer Scott Lurie wants to buy the mostly vacant Assurant Health office building at 501 W. Michigan St. and maybe turn part of it into a hotel. [Urban Milwaukee]

• The developers who wanted to convert the old Humboldt Gardens building at 2249 N. Humboldt Ave. into three condos don’t wanna do that anymore. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

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