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Oct 11, 2010, 5:09 PM
The projects website has updated with some new pictures of the developing project. "The Brewery" is the location of the old Pabst beer brewery, which has been closed down for multiple years. The project developer is redeveloping the property block by block.

Property before redevelopment

Leed certified parking garage


Complete office space



Zilber Park



Sustainable landscaping

Oct 11, 2010, 5:13 PM
Update on the One at North End apartments. First interior pictures I've seen:




Oct 11, 2010, 5:27 PM
Love the modern designs of many of these projects. The fact that a mid-sized Rust Belt city like Milwaukee, in the shadow of Chicago, can still have so much quality development in the midst of a recession is amazing. Also very encouraging for similar cities in the Midwest.

Oct 12, 2010, 3:06 AM
Saint John's on the Lake topped off. (UrbanMilwaukee.com)

Latitude apartments finished construction (UrbanMilwaukee.com)

Oct 12, 2010, 5:37 PM
So jealous...

Busy Bee
Oct 12, 2010, 6:58 PM
Aside from the windows being more or less flush with the facade, this one is a looker. Definitely pulling ahead of Chicago in terms of progressive modern residential design.

Oct 15, 2010, 1:09 AM
Journal Sentinel (http://www.jsonline.com/business/104916734.html)

The historic Loyalty Building in downtown Milwaukee would be converted into a hotel under a new proposal by a Chicago-area hotel developer and operator.

First Hospitality Group Inc., based in Rosemont, Ill., would convert the six-story Loyalty Building, 611 N. Broadway, into hotel rooms, said Ald. Robert Bauman.

He said First Hospitality also would use the Grain Exchange Room in the neighboring Mackie Building, 225 E. Michigan St., as the hotel's banquet and catering facility.

http://www.biztimes.com/nf/uploads/Image/RE%20Weekly%2010|13|10/Loyalty-Building.jpg http://www.biztimes.com/nf/uploads/Image/RE%20Weekly%2010|13|10/Mackie-Building.jpg

Oct 20, 2010, 5:09 PM
Point on the River condos has a new website (http://www.thepointontheriver.com/photogallery.php?id=51&c=2&i=10) showing off the building, as well as great views from the development:







Oct 24, 2010, 11:46 PM
Milwaukee appears to be doing quite well right now. It looks like an excellent city and I would love to get back there soon.

Nov 5, 2010, 11:59 AM
I hadn't posted here in a long time so... here's a couple of shot of Jackson Square Apartments which is still under construction in the Third Ward.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4089/5086374942_03a3c2645f.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davereid/5086374942/)
Jackson Square Apartments 4 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davereid/5086374942/) by davereid2 (http://www.flickr.com/people/davereid/), on Flickr

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4132/5085778077_323d2cd249.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davereid/5085778077/)
Jackson Square Apartments 3 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davereid/5085778077/) by davereid2 (http://www.flickr.com/people/davereid/), on Flickr

Nov 7, 2010, 7:54 PM
I've got a big question. And I believe that this is probably the place to ask it. As I see all of the wonderful development going on all over this city, but especially downtown... What is the status of the streetcar? I see Milwaukee really taking off when there's a streetcar line between the Lower East Side and the Third Ward. It would be a huge boon to the city! I'm still leaning heavily toward going to grad school there in the coming years, so I keep a close eye on all things Milwaukee. ;) (And I'll be visiting in the Spring!)

Busy Bee
Nov 7, 2010, 9:05 PM
You can dig around in the Transportation threads, but off-site The Transport Politic (http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2010/05/06/milwaukee-officials-advancing-streetcar-project-with-goal-of-attracting-more-federal-funds/) had an update from May of this year here (http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/2010/05/06/milwaukee-officials-advancing-streetcar-project-with-goal-of-attracting-more-federal-funds/).

Nov 7, 2010, 10:19 PM
What is the status of the streetcar? I see Milwaukee really taking off when there's a streetcar line between the Lower East Side and the Third Ward.

The Milwaukee Streetcar is in the preliminary engineering phase right now. The City is also in the process of looking at streetcar vehicle manufacturers, having issued a request for information to several of them earlier this fall.

(Source: http://www.milwaukeestreetcar.com/route.php)

Right now, the City has money to build the "Initial Route" -- the solid black line on the above map. Money would come from an embarrassingly long-unused Federal appropriation (about $55 million), plus some local funding (about $10 million via tax increment financing).

Information is updated every so often at www.milwaukeestreetcar.com (http://www.milwaukeestreetcar.com).

Unfortunately, Milwaukee's attempt to get additional Federal funding for the two "Initial Route Extensions" -- the dotted black lines on the map -- have been unsuccessful, so far.

Nov 12, 2010, 8:10 PM
Dubbed a hero, Allen looks to take farming to the skies
Journal Sentinel (http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/92477004.html)

It's hard to imagine a five-story farm in the middle of a city, but if Milwaukee urban farmer Will Allen is behind the idea, anything's possible.

After all, Allen is a world hero, according to an issue of Time magazine that hits newsstands Friday. He's among 100 individuals and small groups picked by Time editors for the annual "Time 100: The World's Most Influential People," which honors ideas, innovations and actions that are "shaping our world."

Allen already has been dubbed a genius by the John D. and Catherine T. McArthur Foundation, which awarded him a $500,000 "genius grant" in 2008.

Now all Allen and Growing Power's board of directors must do is find $7 million to $10 million to build the farm that Allen has been envisioning for nearly two decades to take his nonprofit enterprise to the next level.

Nov 12, 2010, 8:11 PM
Hotel plans stir concern
JSonline.com (http://www.jsonline.com/business/106572143.html)

A clash between development and preservation is brewing in downtown Milwaukee over plans to spend $50 million building a 200-room Marriott Hotel while demolishing buildings designated as historic.

A proposal to raze buildings on E. Wisconsin Ave. and N. Milwaukee St. is to be filed Wednesday with city officials. Wave Development LLC would demolish the buildings to create a site for a 10-story hotel.

But demolishing the 19th-century buildings is opposed by Ald. Robert Bauman, whose district includes the site. The buildings have historic and architectural value and should be renovated for new uses; Wave should look at other locations for its project, Bauman said.

"We have plenty of sites in downtown Milwaukee where they could develop to their heart's content, with the enthusiastic support of this office," Bauman said Tuesday.

Nov 12, 2010, 8:15 PM
MSOE plans $30 million parking garage, athletic fields in Park East area
JSonline.com (http://www.jsonline.com/business/107012048.html)

Milwaukee School of Engineering plans to build a $30 million parking structure topped with an athletic field in downtown's Park East area, the university announced Tuesday.

The 780-space parking facility would use an undeveloped parcel north of the university's Kern Center, 1245 N. Broadway. The athletic field would be for collegiate soccer and lacrosse, and youth sports.

Nov 15, 2010, 4:10 AM
Nice stuff going on here. Hmm would i move here hmm who knows but i am liking the development. Very Kewl...


Nov 17, 2010, 9:22 PM
Found some renderings of Summerfest's south-end park renovations, currently under construction. This is phase 1 of a 2 phase project.

From OnMilwaukee.com:

The renovation is a two-year, $25 million renovation project.

The makeover -- already under way and expected to be completed in time for Summerfest 2011 -- include a stage and a new two-story structure with food and beverage at ground level and a covered VIP deck on top. Nearby will be a new South Gate and box office, along with restaurants, restrooms, beer stands, merchandise areas and walkways.





Nov 21, 2010, 2:50 AM
(same site about a year ago)

Nov 21, 2010, 3:07 AM
^Bronx-style density taking over the Third Ward. Gotta love it! I can't wait to check out this development when I'm home for Thanksgiving.

The real Bronx, kid. :sly:

the urban politician
Nov 21, 2010, 3:19 AM
^ That's right.

Milwaukee=The Bronx, bitch! ;)

Nov 21, 2010, 4:20 AM
Hmm... "the boogie-down" is taken. Maybe we can call it "the polka-down"?

Nov 24, 2010, 3:22 AM
These are not the most beautiful shots, but in the spirit of Thanksgiving...

Park Lafayette (this one has really grown on me and the beehive effect of the windows at night is fantastic):

St. John's

Glorioso's new location on Brady - looks about ready to open
(current location across the street)


Nov 25, 2010, 4:54 AM
Developer says Harmony Initiative considering Rainier Properties’ Park East project
Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/realestateweekly)



The Harmony Initiative (the collaboration of the Milwaukee Ballet Company, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Peck School of the Arts and the Medical College of Wisconsin), which plans to establish a 70,000 to 75,000-square-foot location in downtown Milwaukee, is considering several different options, including the Park East corridor development planned by Rainier Properties LLC northwest of Water Street and McKinley Avenue, according to one of the developers.

Rainier Propeties, which includes developers Bruce Westling and Gary Grunau, plans to build a 15-story building on the site along the Milwaukee River with 280,000 square feet of office space and a Marcus Corp. multi-screen movie theater complex.

Nov 27, 2010, 3:12 PM
Biz Journal (http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/print-edition/2010/11/26/mandel-pushing-to-get-north-end-deal.html)

Mandel Group Inc. officials are pushing for a March groundbreaking for the high-profile North End project and have offered guarantees to back up a portion of a requested $8 million loan from the city of Milwaukee.

The guarantee offer by Mandel is seen as a key step in the developer’s attempt to reach an agreement with the city after more than a year of delays and sometimes contentious negotiations for the apartment project. In the current economic downturn, more developers are turning to municipalities for financial help to make projects feasible.


Nov 27, 2010, 4:14 PM
Just for fun, some Milwaukee shots off of Flickr.

John December

John December


La Dallman

Nov 27, 2010, 4:23 PM

Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2010/11/26/green-development-planned-for-s-2nd-street/dc-260-b5fc422504/)

The design calls for the building to obtain a Living Building certification, which is more difficult to obtain than LEED certification and looks at the building as an organism with a life cycle to manage. To achieve this high level of recognition, the building will be designed to be net-zero energy, carbon neutral, and have zero storm water discharges. The building will incorporate a rooftop urban farm, on-site food composting, on-site water treatment, a greywater system to reduce water usage by 80%, and will capture rainwater with a cistern located under the building.

Nov 27, 2010, 4:26 PM
More Mercy Housing updates from Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2010/11/17/mercy-housing-lakefront-presents-updated-design-to-east-side-residents-renderings/)




Nov 28, 2010, 1:15 AM
I can't figure why all the new low-rise housing in Milwaukee is so modern, while most of it here in Chicago is so regressive. Many of the new buildings here are occupied by plenty of young professionals, so it's not an age-related thing.

Nov 28, 2010, 2:03 AM
If you go to the parts of Chicago that are occupied by the non-frat young professionals (IE Wicker Park) there is a lot of modern design. Its mainly a result of hordes of Baby Boomers moving back into the city and spending their money on new buildings that have horrible design. I think its also got to do with the fact that its a lot harder for a young person to afford new construction in Chicago than it is in Milwaukee. Prices are significantly lower in Milwaukee. This means that most of the new buildings on the north side are marketed to Boomers and thus have horrible taste. The parts of the city like the South Loop, Wicker Park, or Logan Square where prices are a touch lower tend to have many more modern designs.

Also, Chicago has a tradition of building brick structures so people want to continue that precedent. In Milwaukee there are hardly any brick buildings that aren't commercial or industrial. So people aren't expecting ye-old row home because three flats and two flats are non-existent here. So there is no expectation of what a three flat could look like.

Then there is that "change happens because of hardship" argument which suggest that society stagnates in successful areas and innovates and changes where there is hardship.

Dec 4, 2010, 2:49 AM
Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2010/12/02/mandel-group-receives-a-24-million-wheda-loan-for-the-north-end-phase-ii-renderings/)

Mandel Group Receives a $24 million WHEDA loan for The North End Phase II

The Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) announced today that Mandel Group Inc. will receive a $24.1 million low-interest loan to support the development of the second phase of The North End in Milwaukee’s Park East Corridor. This phase will include two five-story apartment buildings with a total of 155 units, 31 of which will be dedicated workforce housing



Dec 4, 2010, 3:21 AM
If you go to the parts of Chicago that are occupied by the non-frat young professionals (IE Wicker Park) there is a lot of modern design. Its mainly a result of hordes of Baby Boomers moving back into the city and spending their money on new buildings that have horrible design. I think its also got to do with the fact that its a lot harder for a young person to afford new construction in Chicago than it is in Milwaukee. Prices are significantly lower in Milwaukee. This means that most of the new buildings on the north side are marketed to Boomers and thus have horrible taste. The parts of the city like the South Loop, Wicker Park, or Logan Square where prices are a touch lower tend to have many more modern designs.

Also, Chicago has a tradition of building brick structures so people want to continue that precedent. In Milwaukee there are hardly any brick buildings that aren't commercial or industrial. So people aren't expecting ye-old row home because three flats and two flats are non-existent here. So there is no expectation of what a three flat could look like.

Then there is that "change happens because of hardship" argument which suggest that society stagnates in successful areas and innovates and changes where there is hardship.

I think you're close, I don't agree entirely. For those who don't know what new construction elsewhere looks like, Milwaukee has a higher caliber of all around standard design these days than NY or Chicago. NY may have a few buildings designed by Diller+Scofidio and Renzo Piano but (no exaggeration) 90% of new construction looks like this:

or this:

Really awful stuff. I know Chicago isn't much better.

I actually think it comes to the fact that there simply isn't as much demand to be in urban Milwaukee as there is to be in Chicago or NY. The quality of apartment buildings + condos in NY are undoubtedly done to be built as quickly and cheaply as possible (the standards of construction are unbelievably low and everything is clearly designed by engineers). Milwaukee realty (at this point) has to fight a little bit to attract buyers, and I think good craft in building and design is a part of that strategy. It's pretty incredible; new housing projects in Milwaukee look better than luxury condos out here.

Dec 4, 2010, 5:33 PM

HKS Holdings LLC plans to develop a 5-story, 70-unit apartment building on a 0.65-acre site southeast of South Kinnickinnic Avenue and East Conway Street in Milwaukee’s Bay View neighborhood. Several buildings at that corner would be demolished to make way for the new building.

Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/realestateweekly)

Dec 4, 2010, 5:34 PM

St. Marcus Lutheran Church and School, located at 2215 N. Palmer St. on Milwaukee’s near north side, received a $460,000 grant from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation for its $12 million expansion project.
So far $7.1 million of the $12 million has been raised.

Biz times (http://www.biztimes.com/realestateweekly)

Dec 4, 2010, 6:05 PM
Wow, it just doesn't stop does it? Milwaukee is awesome...

Dec 26, 2010, 3:52 PM

Moderne high-rise loan finalized, work to begin in 2011. (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/landandspace.html)

Dec 26, 2010, 11:05 PM
I've never commented on this thread before, but I've been watching it for a while. I currently live in Salt Lake City, Utah, but I did live in Milwaukee for a short time in the early part of the decade. I must say how impressed I am. The renewal that has taken place around downtown is great. I love Milwaukee. What a great city. I'll be back out to visit in March, and I'm really looking forward to seeing the city again with it's new changes. Also looks like there are some cool proposals coming. I'm particularly fond of the Modern.

Dec 27, 2010, 6:12 AM
I really hope they actually build the curb and streetscaping around the Moderne like that. That would be quite a sassy curb cut, not many buildings ever dare to or get the chance to modify their sidewalks like that to reflect the design of the building...

Dec 27, 2010, 6:50 AM
I actually think it comes to the fact that there simply isn't as much demand to be in urban Milwaukee as there is to be in Chicago or NY. The quality of apartment buildings + condos in NY are undoubtedly done to be built as quickly and cheaply as possible (the standards of construction are unbelievably low and everything is clearly designed by engineers). Milwaukee realty (at this point) has to fight a little bit to attract buyers, and I think good craft in building and design is a part of that strategy. It's pretty incredible; new housing projects in Milwaukee look better than luxury condos out here.

Interesting discussion.

You see the same phenomenon in Denver. Of course, Denver's had a fascination with the modern, space age, etc. since at least WWII.

Dec 27, 2010, 7:36 PM
Interesting discussion.

You see the same phenomenon in Denver. Of course, Denver's had a fascination with the modern, space age, etc. since at least WWII.

Agree. Looking through this thread I'm constantly thinking how this is similar to the contemporary infill in Denver. It's really great stuff, some of the best new construction urban design I've seen in large amounts in the entire country.

Dec 31, 2010, 4:11 AM
Site preparation work underway for The Moderne

The day after developer Rick Barrett closed on the financing package for the $55 million Moderne development last week, workers with J.H. Findorff & Son Inc. began preparation work at the site, located southwest of Old World Third Street and Juneau Avenue in downtown Milwaukee.
The Moderne will be a 30-story building with 203 apartments, 14 condominiums and first floor retail space.

Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/realestateweekly)


Dec 31, 2010, 8:22 PM
UWM's recently finished Cambridge Commons (dorms)

(From HGA (http://hga.com/work/university-wisconsin-milwaukee-0#/university-wisconsin-milwaukee-cambridge-commons-exterior-1) website)

Cambridge Commons is a 700-student residence hall that's part of a series of off-campus housing projects delivered by developer-architect teams for UW-Milwaukee. Separated into three distinct buildings that reduce the scale of the large residence hall, the building orientation forms a courtyard facing the river. The courtyard is a green outdoor room that enhances student life, with outdoor dining, recreation and green playing field overlooking the river bluff. The building abuts the property line, like surrounding historic buildings, and is helping to rebuild a vital urban neighborhood with first-floor retail and the student Commons. A basement garage houses more than 100 parking spaces.





Milwaukee, WY
Jan 4, 2011, 10:32 PM
Like the courtyard. I go past there several times a week and never knew that was back there.

Jan 10, 2011, 3:37 PM
22-story office tower planned
Godfrey & Kahn intends to lease space
By Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel
Jan. 10, 2011 6:10 a.m.


Milwaukee law firm Godfrey & Kahn is the anchor tenant in a new 22-story office tower, a proposed $56 million project that would be the largest office building developed downtown in more than 20 years, it was announced Monday.

Godfrey & Kahn, which now leases about 80,000 square feet at Marshall & Ilsley Corp.'s headquarters, 780 N. Water St., has agreed to lease about the same amount of space at the new building. It would be built on what is now a surface parking lot south of E. Mason St., between N. Jackson and N. Jefferson streets, just east of the Pfister Hotel.

The new building, totaling about 300,000 square feet, would be developed by a joint venture between Irgens Development Partners LLC, led by Mark Irgens, and Van Buren Management Inc., led by Joel Lee.


Jan 10, 2011, 8:17 PM
It's good to see a building being planned to replace wasted space instead of tearing useful buildings down. Here's hoping more developers see the potential in all these surface parking lots downtown.

Ch.G, Ch.G
Jan 11, 2011, 12:31 AM
Looks very promising.

Milwaukee, WY
Jan 11, 2011, 3:34 AM
Fantastic news. The last time Milwaukee got large new office towers was also during a recession, so maybe there's something to that. Gotta be optimistic, right?

Jan 15, 2011, 6:20 PM
Another Washington Square rendering from architecture firm Rinka Chung (http://rinkachung.com/Flash%20site/RCA.htm):


The same firm designed the now under-construction Moderne:


Jan 15, 2011, 6:34 PM
$50 million pre-funded Marriot proposal wins Historic Commission approval. Next stop common council approval, then spring groundbreaking.

Journal Sentinel (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/landandspace.html)



Jan 15, 2011, 7:42 PM
^^^ What? Seriously? Did the recession affect Milwaukee at all? I think Milwaukee has started more new projects since 2007 than it did in the seven years before 2007...

I had no idea a hotel was scheduled to go up on that block, let alone one that already has funding in line. The design is a little Meh, but its better than building ye olde towne inne out of precast concrete and sheet metal.

Jan 16, 2011, 7:18 PM
Beerline B Apartments Construction Photos:

Flickr (via UrbanMilwaukee)

Flickr (via UrbanMilwaukee)

Flickr (via UrbanMilwaukee)

Jan 20, 2011, 3:37 PM
JSonline.com (http://www.jsonline.com/newswatch/114229414.html)

Jan. 19, 2011 | Milwaukee aldermen Wednesday approved a sweeping plan to preserve a 7-mile stretch of riverfront land for parks, trails and other recreational uses.

The Common Council unanimously endorsed the Milwaukee River Greenway Master Plan, which lays out a vision for the upper Milwaukee River, from about North Ave. to Silver Spring Drive, including stretches in Glendale and Shorewood.

Ald. Nik Kovac sponsored the resolution approving the plan, which calls the river "a unique natural and cultural resource."

In May, the council approved ordinances restricting development along that part of the river. Later in the summer, the plan's advocates, organized as the Milwaukee River Greenway Coalition, finished work on the master plan, which will guide the preservation effort.

One key component of the plan is the Rotary Centennial Arboretum, a $5 million project spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee to plant 1,000 trees in a 40-acre area, from North Ave. to Locust St., by the group's 100th anniversary in 2013.

Jan 20, 2011, 3:45 PM

Council OKs new downtown Marriott; construction to take up to 2 years
JSonline.com (http://www.jsonline.com/business/114246054.html)

The Marriott will be built near the southwest corner of E. Wisconsin Ave. and N. Milwaukee St., where it hopes to attract business travelers tied to nearby corporate headquarters and office towers.

The developers plan to begin construction work this spring, with the hotel taking 18 months to two years to build.

The newest downtown hotel is the 160-room Aloft, 1230 N. Old World 3rd St., which opened in December 2009. But it's considered a "limited-service" hotel.

Jan 20, 2011, 3:49 PM

UWM Water School projects looking at 2012 construction start
jsonline.com (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/114215974.html)

When plans were announced last June to develop two separate buildings for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's new School of Freshwater Sciences, officials had hoped to begin work in 2011 on at least one of the projects.

But a 2012 construction start is now in the cards, says Dean Amhaus, Milwaukee Water Council executive director.

Amhaus told me the council, an industry-supported group, hasn't yet started raising funds to build a facility that would house the water council's offices, conference space, classrooms and the water school's administrative offices. It also will house labs to conduct applied water research with an engineering focus.

Jan 20, 2011, 3:53 PM
Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/realestateweekly)

DCD to recommend $3.4 million loan for North End, Mandel wanted $8 million

Officials with the city of Milwaukee Department of City Development said they will submit a recommendation to the Common Council for a $3.4 million city loan for the second phase of Mandel Group Inc.’s North End development along the Milwaukee River in downtown Milwaukee.
Mandel Group had requested an $8 million loan from the city for the project, but the $3.4 million loan was recommended in a report to the city by Chicago-based consulting firm S.B. Friedman & Company.
A spokesman for Mandel Group complained that the company was not involved with Friedman's evaluation process for its loan request.

Jan 20, 2011, 4:08 PM
Alterra to Introduce On-Street Bike Parking to Milwaukee
Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2011/01/19/alterra-to-introduce-on-street-bike-parking-to-milwaukee-renderings/)


On-street bike parking, similar to this proposal, has been tried in other cities such as Portland, San Francisco, and Seattle. These cities have implemented on-street bike parking facilities because bike corrals help with traffic calming, provide a 10-to-1 customer to parking space ratio, improve the outdoor seating environment, welcome bike riders to an establishment, clear the sidewalks for pedestrians, and act as de facto curb extensions. With this project Milwaukee will be added to the list of forward-looking, innovative cities that are exploring multi-modal transportation options, improving the built environment, and working towards better utilization of pavement.

Jan 20, 2011, 4:17 PM
The recently completed Erie Street Plaza at night:

Flickr: John December (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johndecember/5319453264/sizes/l/in/pool-725139@N25/)



Jan 27, 2011, 4:51 PM
Jackson Square Apartments
Construction Update

Dave Reid (http://www.flickr.com/photos/davereid/5355528258/sizes/l/in/photostream/)


Feb 1, 2011, 6:16 PM
Another handsome building for Milwaukee:

Mercy Housing, Walker's Point:


For more head over to urbanmilwaukee.com:


This is going up at S 1st Street and Pittsburgh on a lot that is currently used to park Mail Trucks.

Feb 2, 2011, 3:27 PM
John December (http://www.flickr.com/photos/johndecember/4744060021/sizes/z/in/photostream/)

JSonline (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/landandspace.html)
A subsidiary of Mandel Group Inc. has been named manager of Park Lafayette condominiums by the affiliate of a lender which has taken ownership of the property, it was announced Friday.

After completing "minor construction" within a small number of units, the 280-unit development, on Milwaukee's east side, will have a grand reopening in April, according to the announcement from Mandel Property Services Inc.

Mandel's plan is to continue renting out units as luxury apartments. So far, 176 units have been leased, giving the development a 65% occupancy rate.

Feb 15, 2011, 12:19 AM
My God. The sheer quality of these projects is amazing. Very very jealous.

Feb 20, 2011, 7:34 PM
Someone asked what MIlwaukee used to look like.

I moved there in 1978 when I started school. I tried to find some pictures from then with no luck. I don't have any myself. It was a lot diffeent then. There was no riverwalk (it was a sewer), no Grand Avenue. Everything was old and worn out. If you ever go down to the underground part of the Loop in Chicago, that reminds me a lot of how all cities looked in those days.

I used to have this poster:

I found this cool picture of Maitland Airport from 1947:

Of course, there was Summerfest in '78, but no Marcus Ampitheatre. The mainstage was on the northside and had no grandstand, just many rows of bench seats on flat ground. There was as much dirt as pavement on the grounds then, too.

There used to be a couple of porno stores on the Avenue where the Library Hill apartments are now. Actually, I remember there being a theater around there that I saw Deep Throat in.

In fact, I saw a few first run films in the Riverside, like Raiders of the Lost Ark or something.

Commerce Street where the Beerline is now was a nasty, abandoned railway, overgrown with weeds and trash. I was driving around one night in the early'80's and stumbled across it. The view was awesome even then. I was thinking at the time it would be a nice place someday.

Same thing with the Menominee Valley. My friends and I would look out from the south side of Marquette and it was still full of manufacturing, but definitely past it's prime. I said this whole valley will be a park someday. My friend said, not the whole valley. He was right.

The first night I was in town, I left the dorm to walk around downtown and by one of the old hotels, that are gone now, a really cute hooker tried to pick me up. I wouldn't do it out of some stupid moral thing. I regret it now. I had the money and she was hot.

What I'm saying is that it was a LOT different then.

Okay, I found a place in the UWM library of photos from old Milwaukee. It's not letting me copy them here, but this (http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/mkenh&CISOPTR=24&CISOBOX=1&REC=1) is a great view of the old Lincoln Memorial Bridge in 1978 before it was rebuilt.

This (http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/mkenh&CISOPTR=106&CISOBOX=1&REC=20) is the river looking north below the Michigan St. bridge, 1974. Notice the Pabst Tower.

This (http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/mkenh&CISOPTR=133&CISOBOX=1&REC=6) is the river in ,74 looking south from I think Kilbourn.

This is north by Usingers, '77 (http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/mkenh&CISOPTR=136&CISOBOX=1&REC=18).

This is the third ward in '78 (http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/mkenh&CISOPTR=62&CISOBOX=1&REC=15).

Finally, Wisconsin Ave looking west in '66 (http://collections.lib.uwm.edu/cdm4/item_viewer.php?CISOROOT=/mkenh&CISOPTR=83&CISOBOX=1&REC=3).

Feb 28, 2011, 1:03 AM



Feb 28, 2011, 5:30 AM
That Third Ward aerial is astounding. I grew up in Milwaukee and never remember the Third Ward being that bombed out!

Feb 28, 2011, 9:57 PM
That's pretty much the eastern half where the Coachyards were. The warehouses and factories are out of the picture to the right (west).

I used to drive around the area in the photo and I felt like I was trespassing.

Also, this (http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2011/02/28/cudahy-proposes-hotel-offices-at.html?ed=2011-02-28&s=article_du&ana=e_du_pub) was in the news today. It seems intriguing, but I want to see what it would look like. The view is non-negotiable.

Apr 8, 2011, 2:04 PM
Walker Proposes Major Hoan Project (http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2011/04/02/walker-proposes-major-hoan-project.html)
Biz Journal

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled plans Saturday for a major overhaul of the Hoan Bridge and the Interstate 794 freeway in downtown Milwaukee.

Walker said the three-year project would likely begin at the end of 2013 and cost "less than $300 million."


Apr 8, 2011, 2:12 PM
Saint John's construction update.

Flickr: compujeramey (http://www.flickr.com/photos/compujeramey/5517238053/)




Apr 8, 2011, 2:28 PM
Beerline B Apartments Update


Flickr: Davereid2 (http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5019/5558847464_76433cf78c_b.jpg)


Apr 19, 2011, 2:56 PM

Journal Sentinel (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/landandspace.html)
A proposed downtown office tower has landed a preliminary commitment for its second anchor tenant, making its development more likely.

Baker Tilly accounting firm has signed a letter of intent to lease 60,000 square feet at the proposed building, which is tentatively planned at 22 stories.

The firm, which now leases space at Honey Creek Corporate Center, on Milwaukee's far west side, hopes to move downtown by June 2013, Kevin Heppner, Baker Tilly's Wisconsin managing partner, said Monday.

Under that timetable, construction of the building--known as Washington Square--would likely begin this summer.

Apr 22, 2011, 4:30 PM
Pabst apartments win tax credits. (http://www.jsonline.com/business/120429649.html)


Apr 22, 2011, 4:46 PM
Man the development in MKE just doesn't stop...

May 2, 2011, 10:28 PM
JSonline.com (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/landandspace.html)

Mandel and RE Enterprises plan to develop a six-story building west of N. Oakland Ave. and south of E. Kenmore Place, on the parking lot for Nehring's Sendik's grocery store. The new building would relocate Walgreens from its current location across Kenmore Place, and include apartments on the upper floors.


May 4, 2011, 9:45 AM
Lots of good news in Milwaukee. :)

May 4, 2011, 3:48 PM
The above project’s actually in Shorewood, the first suburb north of Milwaukee. And, as a former Shorewood resident, I’m overjoyed to see this happening. Oakland’s long been a mish-mash of decent buildings and parking lots. While there’s been some impressive development a couple blocks north at the intersection of Oakland and Kensignton, having this sort of residential density closer to the intersection of Oakland and Capitol will hopefully benefit commerce and on both. Now, if only we could do something about that blockbusting Pick-n-Save…

Also, props to the developer for the massing. It does a good job of echoing the traditional Milwaukee courtyard block, even if in this case the courtyard is parking.

May 7, 2011, 4:23 PM
Found some pictures of the newish Aloft hotel in Milwaukee that I hadn't seen before.

Aloft Hotel and Resorts (http://www.flickr.com/photos/60682708@N06/5588640269/in/photostream/)





May 18, 2011, 4:25 PM

Groundbreaking Thursday for green commercial building in Walker’s Point
Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/realestateweekly)

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held on Thursday to celebrate the start of construction of a 4-story, 30,000-square-foot “green” commercial building on a vacant lot at 538 S. 2nd St., northeast of 2nd Street and Bruce Street, in the city of Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. The estimated cost of the project, called Milwaukee Fix, is $7.2 million. The developer for the project is Milwaukee Fix LLC, led by Juli Kaufmann.

“This spring, a transformative building will begin to come to life on this former brownfield site,” said Kaufmann. “We have joined as neighbors - the businesses, organizations and residents of Walker’s Point - to collectively decide how to shape the future of our community. This building enables a dream shared by the tenant occupants, the people to be served, and the project’s financial backers. Together, we are committed to a more vibrant and resilient Milwaukee.”

May 18, 2011, 4:40 PM
Storefront Design Updates
Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2011/04/11/storefront-design-updates/)
Dave Reid

Two small projects, one in East Town and the other on the East Side, are currently taking an existing poor design situation and attempting to activate the street through new designs.

The 788 N. Jefferson St. building, in East Town, has long been a closed system, unwelcome to pedestrians, and disconnected from the street. Even after the recent remodeling of the building’s facade the building still failed to connect to the street particularly well. The new design, by Matt Rinka of Rinka|Chung Architecture, will add light and visual interest to the facade. Additionally, a section of the building, which will be opening as a new bar called Belmont Tavern, will feature doors that, much like the doors at Taylor’s across the street, better connect the indoor and outdoors. This design invites pedestrians into the building, while extending the bar into the public realm.

On the East Side Crank Daddy’s is moving from Farwell Ave. to 2170 N. Prospect Ave., and is redefining the existing building’s connection to the street in the process. The existing structure was either built during a time of little zoning, or simply with little consideration for the street as the building is setback from the street behind a surface parking lot. The new design, by Chris Socha, of Kubala Washatko Architects, attempts to correct for this mistake by creating a bicycle court to activate the space with customers and bicyclists. Further, the design includes a small covered bike parking structure which helps to create a partial street wall along the sidewalk. The store will open this week.

Crank Daddy's

788 Jefferson

May 19, 2011, 3:19 AM
Beerline B Apartment construction update. Taken by Boatnurd at SSC.


May 22, 2011, 3:05 AM
Recent picture from OnMilwaukee.com (http://onmilwaukee.com/images/articles/vi/visionforbettermilwaukee/visionforbettermilwaukee_fullsize_story1.jpg)


May 22, 2011, 4:02 AM
Thats a nice lookin shot!

May 22, 2011, 4:39 PM
Storefront Design Updates
Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2011/04/11/storefront-design-updates/)
The 788 N. Jefferson St. building, in East Town, has long been a closed system, unwelcome to pedestrians, and disconnected from the street. Even after the recent remodeling of the building’s facade the building still failed to connect to the street particularly well. The new design, by Matt Rinka of Rinka|Chung Architecture, will add light and visual interest to the facade. Additionally, a section of the building, which will be opening as a new bar called Belmont Tavern, will feature doors that, much like the doors at Taylor’s across the street, better connect the indoor and outdoors. This design invites pedestrians into the building, while extending the bar into the public realm.

So true—even for buildings that are in highly walkable, pleasant parts of downtown (like Jefferson Street), in 1990s Milwaukee I almost always went straight from parking garages to offices or restaurants, missing out on the city around me. I’m glad the pedestrian environment’s strong enough that businesses actually want to attract people from outside—breaking the garage-to-building loop is one of the big challenges for mid-sized American downtowns, IMO.

May 25, 2011, 4:11 PM
Alterra Opens Milwaukee's First On-Street Bike Corall
Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2011/05/07/alterra-opens-milwaukees-first-on-street-bike-corral/)

Cities such as Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, and Minneapolis have installed on-street bike parking in recent years, and now you can add Milwaukee to the list. The loading zone in front of Alterra’s 2211 N. Prospect Ave. location is Milwaukee’s first on-street bicycle parking corral. Designed by Chris Socha, of The Kubala Washatko Architects Inc. and fabricated by Ryan Foat, Principal of Oxbow Studio LLC., the bike corral goes far beyond that of simply an installation of bike racks, it adds an element of public art to the street and improves the built environment.

This installation adds intrigue and functionality to the built environment, and is Milwaukee’s newest city comfort. It makes better use of public space, and in fact has economic value to Alterra and neighboring businesses, as this bike corral can hold at least twenty bicycles (customers) at a time instead of just one car. Its utility was clear when almost immediately after it opened up on Friday numerous bikes began filling the racks. Additionally, this installation keeps the sidewalk clear for pedestrians and allows for more space to be dedicated for cafe seating at retail establishments.

Dave Reid

Dave Reid

Jun 5, 2011, 10:16 PM
Schlitz Park upgrades planned
Grunau intends to spend $30 million

Journal Sentinel (http://www.jsonline.com/business/123142603.html)

Developer Gary Grunau said Friday he plans to spend about $30 million on renovations at Schlitz Park over the next 18 months in an effort to attract new tenants to the downtown office park.

Grunau declined to provide details about the remodeling plan and how it will be financed, but has scheduled a press conference for Monday. Along with buildings converted into offices and a school, the business park includes the former Schlitz brew house that remains vacant.

He said the general idea is to create an upgraded urban office park to attract businesses whose younger employees want to be downtown.

Grunau also noted that most of Schlitz Park, created from the former Schlitz brewery, was built in the early 1980s. Except for more recent additions of Manpower Inc. and Time Warner Cable, which expanded Schlitz Park south into a former power plant, the business park has been relatively stagnant.

The planned renovation would follow two more recent investments: the $28 million Beerline Apartments, a 140-unit development being built just north of Schlitz Park, at the corner of N. Commerce and E. Pleasant streets, and $4 million spent on a RiverWalk addition and parking structure renovation.

"We're going to create what we think is the finest urban office park in the region, if not the nation," Grunau said.

Jun 9, 2011, 3:28 PM
^Renderings of Schlitz Renovations
(Designed by Epstein Uhen)


Jun 9, 2011, 3:51 PM
Finalists for $700,000 courthouse Public Art
JSonline.com (http://urbanismnews.com/wi/milwaukee/finalists-for-700-000-downtown-milwaukee-sculpture-revealed)

1. Towering WildFlower - Alice Aycock

2. Bronze Fountaints - Cliff Garten

3. Tuning Fork - Louise Bertelsen and Pho Po Shu Wang

4. Brower Hatcher - Lady Justice

Jun 9, 2011, 3:57 PM
JSonline.com (http://urbanismnews.com/wi/milwaukee/park-east-developer-requests-more-time)

Park East developer requests more time

Rainier Properties II LLC requested a six-month extension on its option to buy a county-owned Park East parcel for a planned development that will include a Marcus Theatres Corp. movie theater.

The project is at the northwest corner of North Water and East Knapp streets in Milwaukee. The site includes a 0.37-acre, county-owned parcel and a parking lot on the east shore of the Milwaukee River. The company’s option to buy the county-owned parcel for $700,000 expires at the end of June, but the developer is asking county officials to extend the option until the end of the year.

Jun 13, 2011, 10:27 PM

Loyalty Building hotel will be 128-room Hilton Garden Inn
Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/daily/2011/6/8/loyalty-building-hotel-will-be-128-room-hilton-garden-inn)

Rosemont, Ill.-based First Hospitality Group plans to convert the 125-year-old Loyalty Building at 611 N. Broadway in downtown Milwaukee into a 128-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel, said Jim Stephenson, vice president of facilities for First Hospitality Group.
The plans will be reviewed by the city’s Historic Preservation Commission on Monday, June 13. The architect for the project is Milwaukee-based Kahler Slater.

First Hospitality Group purchased the six-story, 92,000-square-foot Loyalty Building and the 137-year-old, 45,975-square-foot Mackie Building at 225 E. Michigan St. in March. The company plans to convert the Loyalty Building from an office building into the hotel and will maintain the Mackie Building as an office building, while using the Grain Exchange Room in the Mackie Building for events utilizing the Hilton Garden Inn in the Loyalty Building.

The Hilton Garden Inn is a select service hotel brand. In addition to the 128 guest rooms, the hotel in the Loyalty Building will have meeting space, a restaurant and bar and a fitness center, according to documents submitted to the Historic Preservation Commission.

Jun 13, 2011, 10:29 PM

Downtown Apartments Breaking Ground
Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/news/2011/6/10/breaking-ground-downtown-apartments)

Wauwatosa-based Wangard Partners recently received approval from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for a loan guarantee for $9.6 million in financing for a 68-unit apartment building it will build in downtown Milwaukee. The six-story building will be located at 1910 N. Water St., and will be called 1910 on Water. The $9.6 million in financing for the project, which will be guaranteed by HUD, will be provided by St. Paul, Minn.-based Oak Grove Capital. The apartments in the building will range in size from 540-square-foot studios to 1,100-square-foot two-bedroom units. The first two levels of the building will have indoor parking.

Jun 16, 2011, 4:35 PM
Guy I know recently took these on a plane ride above the city.

Downtown looking East

US Bank & Condos

Eastside Housing Stock


Miller Park


Jun 23, 2011, 3:13 AM
Biz Times
June 22nd 2011
Full Stories Here:HERE (http://www.biztimes.com/realestateweekly)

Park Lafayette Occupancy Reaches 90%
In a good sign for the downtown Milwaukee apartment market, Mandel Property Services Inc., a division of Milwaukee-based Mandel Group, announced that it has now leased 90 percent of the apartments at Park Lafayette Towers.

Saint John's on the Lake Nears Opening
The first residents will move into the 21-story tower expansion of Saint John’s on the Lake, a senior apartment complex, on Tuesday, July 5. An official opening ceremony will also be held that day for the tower, located at 1800 N. Prospect Ave. on Milwaukee’s East Side, which includes 87 residences and 25,000 square feet of common space.

Downtown Marriot Design Tweaked
The development group for the 200-room Marriott Hotel that is planned for downtown Milwaukee announced today that it has tweaked the design for the hotel, which will preserve a larger portion of the historic buildings along Wisconsin Avenue and will reduce the height of the building from 10 stories to nine.

Jul 13, 2011, 4:01 PM
Found some more designs for UWM's new graduate school. The integrated marine, freshwater and atmospheric research laboratory is a 92,600 GSF, three-story addition on the south side of the existing Great Lakes Research Facility (GLRF).

Images found from Continuum Architects (http://www.continuumarchitects.com/htmd
ocs/portfolio/portfolio_item.php?id=110). Bohlin Cywinski Jackson (firm behind 5th avenue apple store) is listed as a partner.





Jul 13, 2011, 4:10 PM
That's fantastic. On which part of Lake Michigan will it be located?

Jul 13, 2011, 4:51 PM
That's fantastic. On which part of Lake Michigan will it be located?

In Walker's Point on the harbor.

Jul 13, 2011, 9:31 PM
That's fantastic. On which part of Lake Michigan will it be located?

It's not on the lake, it's on the Kinnickinnic River/Inner Harbor, at the very end of E. Greenfield Avenue.

Jul 27, 2011, 1:09 AM
Milwaukee: Chicago's cool baby sister
The Guardian UK (http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/2011/jul/25/usa-city-breaks)

Milwaukee is just two hours from Chicago yet doesn't get much of a look-in from overseas visitors. But with retro drive-ins, micro-breweries and boutique art galleries, it's the perfect place for a hip city break


There's really only one way to arrive in Milwaukee – on the back of a chopper. Home of Harley-Davidson, this old industrial city on the banks of Lake Michigan is a mecca for petrol heads on a pilgrimage to the downtown bike museum. But the city's not just about the creak of leather and the growl of a two stroke. With boutique breweries, retro cocktail lounges, the world's largest music festival, and a cutting edge art gallery, unpretentious Milwaukee is one of the coolest cities in the midwest.

Under two hours from Chicago by train, Milwaukee is considered to be the Windy City's baby sister, a tag that locals take on the chin. "We don't mind being the little guy," bar owner Charles Jordan smiles as he shakes up a round of Mai-Tais. True, Milwaukee doesn't have Chicago's vertigo-inducing architecture, but there is unpolished charm to the skyline of industrial towers and vintage factory signs, while a lush lakefront trail gently ushers visitors from beach to beach or off into one of Milwaukee's quirky neighbourhoods.

In Foundation (foundationbar.com), Jordan's Tiki joint that miraculously makes hula seem hip, glowing puffer fish lamps dangle above the heads of a posse of scooter riders who've just arrived for a sundowner. Wicker monkeys eyeball us from the walls and a tropical fish tank gurgles in time to the beat of 60s soul. If this Tiki bar has a vintage vibe that's nothing in comparison to our next stop, Bryant's (bryantscocktaillounge.com), a velvet clad cocktail lounge that's as effortlessly smooth as the mixologist behind the bar.

"I'm your menu," the bartender announces when we request details of their house drinks. At Bryant's your server will whip up a bespoke tipple. With glittering gold tills, moodily lit leather booths and Sinatra crooning in the background, Bryant's could seem hideously kitsch, were it not for the fact that the slick decor in this 70-year old bar is nearly all original. In Milwaukee retro isn't set-dressing, it's the real deal.

On the south side of the city, Leon's Frozen Custard (leonsfrozencustard.us) is a neon and chrome drive in which has been serving the state's famous frozen snack since 1942. Supposedly the inspiration for Arnold's diner in Happy Days (the cult 70s comedy was set in Milwaukee) servers still wearing paper hats and white aprons take orders for malt shakes or cherry loaded sundaes.

A few blocks North on Lincoln Avenue, hidden beneath Gene and Marcy's Holler House (2042 West Lincoln Ave), you'll find the country's oldest bowling alley, two narrow dusty lanes where pin boys are employed to reset your game by hand. Marcy Skowronski, the elderly proprietor, shouts at a baseball game on the television and explains that the tavern's name came from punters having to holler over the blast of the jukebox. Bras left by previous visitors dangle from the ceiling, a tradition that not all first time drinkers may want to take part in. Skowronski shrugs as we leave and turns to watch her game again: "Give it a couple of drinks, it'll be hanging."

I hold onto my underwear and head to the Walker's Point district where visitors seeking a vintage memento to take home will find warehouses like Dime A Dance (1134 South 1st Street) or Clinton Street Antiques (clintonstreetantiques.com) jammed with quirky knickknacks, like tobacco tins and 50s clothes at half the price of their Chicago equivalents.

Old-fashioned charm it might have, but Milwaukee is by no means trapped in a time warp. The industrially chic Iron Horse Hotel (theironhorsehotel.com) is a former bedding factory transformed into a biker-friendly boutique stopover. From the lofty rooms of the dark cubed building you see across the river to the legendary Harley-Davidson museum (harley-davidson.com), which is well worth a visit even if you're not a hog.

However you have to head closer to the water to find the city's most electrifying building, the Milwaukee Arts Museum (mam.org), designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. With vast retractable wings the main pavilion gives the impression of a sea bird landing on Lake Michigan. At night the white feathers draw in as the gallery is put to bed. This mesmerising building alone is worth a trip to, but it also houses some of the country's most interesting collections of post-1960 artwork (Homer, Picasso, Miro, Warhol) as well as consistently dynamic temporary exhibitions.

The city is dotted with small galleries like the minimalist Green Gallery (thegreengallery.biz) or Jackpot (825 East Center St) in the edgy River West area. Across the road you'll find River West Film and Video (riverwestfilm.myshopify.com), a DVD shop which doesn't just rent out abstract films but pieces of contemporary art as well. Pick a piece from their menu and take home a canvas for just one night or on a monthly plan

Further south in the Bay View neighbourhood a pack of boarders slam tricks along the curb while they wait for Sky High (skyhighskateboardshop.com) to open, an innovative skater shop which has converted its stock room into a rotating exhibition space for emerging artists. Drew, an assistant wearing taped up spectacles, explains that Milwaukee has a strong entrepreneurial streak, a knack for turning old into new. "We realise what we have is good," he says, "then we work out how to make it more fun."

Nowhere is this statement more applicable than at Honeypie bakery and cafe (honeypiecafe.com), a modern midwestern inspired eatery where our bloody mary comes garnished with hand pickled veg and local salami. Behind the counter tattooed servers deliver plates of meatloaf or biscuits drizzled with gravy, all with a fresh spin. Like the Wisconsin grass-fed beef they use in their burgers, most of their ingredients are sourced locally, and the downy white, pillow like rows of cream pies behind the counter are all made on site.

Honeypie's sister venture, Comet Café (thecometcafe.com), has brunch hunters queuing around the block on weekends, as well as a staggering range of Milwaukee's home-grown brews. (They hold a monthly beer school to help novices slurp their way through the list). Watching the head settle on a local Sprecher stout that tastes as smooth as caramel chocolate, we're reminded that Milwaukee was a city built on beer. Home to some of America's most famous brewing empires (Miller, Pabst, Schlitz) it now has a thriving industry of boutique breweries. Hop-heads shouldn't miss the comic and boozy tour from Lakefront Brewery (lakefrontbrewery.com).

As we zigzag our way to our final destination, the Cactus Club (cactusclubmilwaukee.com), a pocket sized music venue, fireworks fizz overhead from a local block party. During the summer there's outdoor festivities most weekends in Milwaukee, from Rockerbox (a celebration of vintage bikes) to Brewfest (a gathering of craft brewers) as well as supposedly the world's largest music event, Summerfest. This epic 11-day, 11-stage affair hosts 700 bands with headliners who have included The Flaming Lips, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton and NERD.

Inside the more intimate Cactus Club a 19-year-old drummer from Nashville thrashes hypnotically behind a soundproof door. We grab a nightcap and join the toe tapping musos in the back room. "This is a song about growing up in Wisconsin," the next band announces. As a female keyboardist in a vintage frock sways and hums into her mike it occurs to me that if Chicago and Milwaukee really are related, then she's the hip younger sister you secretly want to hang out with.

Jul 27, 2011, 1:13 AM
Breaking Ground: School of Public Health
Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/news/2011/7/22/breaking-ground-school-of-public-health)


A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently to celebrate the start of construction for the new portion of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health building in the former Pabst brewery complex in downtown Milwaukee. For months construction crews have worked to remove bricked up window space, remove some columns, clean brick and do other remediation work for the 30,000-square-foot former Manufacturing Building in the brewery complex. The groundbreaking ceremony was for a new 30,000-square-foot structure will be built connected to the old building. Once work on the new portion and the redevelopment of the old building is complete a single 60,000-square-foot building will be created for UWM. The project is expected to be complete in one year.

Jul 27, 2011, 1:20 AM


Council approves city loan for Mandel's North End apartments
Journal Sentinel (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/126176133.html)

Jul 27, 2011, 1:25 AM

Milwaukee aldermen approve downtown streetcar line

Journal Sentinel (http://www.jsonline.com/news/milwaukee/126181478.html)

Jul 28, 2011, 4:55 PM
More North End phase II from Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/thenorthend.png).


Aug 24, 2011, 6:17 PM
JSonline.com (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/landandspace.html)
Developers propose apartments, new library for East Library site

Three Wisconsin firms have submitted competing proposals to redevelop the East Library site with a new library branch on the ground floor and apartments on the upper floors.

The conceptual proposals are from Madison-based Stone House Development Inc., Oregon, Wis.-based Gorman & Co. and Waukesha-based HSI Properties LLC.

The Milwaukee Public Library and Department of City Development in July issued the development proposals request for the East Library, 1910 E. North Ave. The current one-story, 13,800-square-foot library opened in 1968 and is obsolete.

In the coming days, the plans will be available at the East Library for the public to view, and also on the City of Milwaukee's Internet site, said Jeff Fleming, Department of City Development spokesman.

The four-story proposals range in size from 65 to 81 apartments, said Paula Kiely. library director. The proposals are required to provide parking spaces for library customers, as well as for apartment tenants.

The estimated construction costs are $8.9 million for the HSI plan; $14.3 million for Gorman's proposal, and $15 million for Stone House.

The library will have an online survey to collect public comments, with the Library Board to review the proposals in November before selecting one, Fleming said.

Construction could start as soon as next year, he said.

The city requires the developer to demolish the existing library, and provide a temporary library branch during construction.

Once the building is completed, the library portion of the building would be given to the city at no cost, along with a perpetual license to the city for library parking. The developer also would pay $20,000 to the city to cover expenses tied to the transaction.

(Immediately below is a rendering of the Stone House proposal, from Plunkett Raysich Architects, followed by the HSI plan, designed by Engberg Anderson Inc., followed by the Gorman rendering).