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 Milwaukee Bucks’ much-ballyhooed “Live Block” entertainment district has been updated. Again. This time, a planned outdoor bar has been replaced with a planned 2,045-square-foot, two-tenant permanent building that will be “geared towards food and beverage tenants.” Those tenants have yet to be finalized. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Big improvements are coming to the big blue Reuss CapTel building on the corner of W. Wisconsin Avenue and Old World Third Street. Combined with the coming-soon (?) upgrades to the Shops of Grand Avenue, and the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra setting up shop at the nearby Warner Grand Theatre, the area could become “one of downtown Milwaukee’s most vibrant intersections.” [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Speaking of the MSO taking over the long-vacant Warner Grand Theatre, that project is coming along nicely. [Urban Milwaukee]
• Northwestern Mutual’s 35-story high-rise, 7Seventy7, located at 777 N. Van Buren St., is looking for more tenants—including a grocery store. The building officially opens in June. [Milwaukee Business Journal]
• Ground has been broken on Marquette University’s new $18.5-million, 44,000-square-foot Physician Assistant Studies building, located on the corner of 17th and Clybourn. [Urban Milwaukee]
• A Chicago developer has purchased the nine-story 1924 Underwriters Exchange building, 828 N. Broadway, and plans to put some apartments in its upper floors, and some commercial space on its first floor. The nearly vacant building, streetcar fans are quick to point out, is along the streetcar route. So there. [Milwaukee Business Journal]