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Aug 24, 2011, 6:28 PM
Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/news/2011/8/5/breaking-ground-1150-north)
Breaking Ground: 1150 North

1150 NORTH Milwaukee-based HD Development Group plans to build a 5-story apartment building with 122 market-rate apartments on a 1.87-acre vacant lot just west of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee RiverView Residence Hall located northwest of North Avenue and the Milwaukee River. The building would have 19 studio units, 80 one-bedroom units, 23 two-bedroom units and 122 parking spaces, some indoor and some outdoor. HD Development is not seeking a city subsidy for the project. It hopes to complete the project by early 2013.


Aug 24, 2011, 6:39 PM
Biz Journal (http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/news/2011/08/17/new-covered-stage-to-be-built-at.html)
New covered stage to be built at Summerfest

Summerfest is planning a covered, permanent stage to replace the temporary M&I Classic Rock Stage in phase II of its south-end renovation plans.

The new stage will have a covering similar to the ones over the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Stage and Jo-Jo’s Martini Lounge but on a much larger scale, said Don Smiley, president and chief executive officer of Milwaukee World Festival Inc., parent company of Summerfest.

Unlike the M&I stage, which was erected for Summerfest and taken down immediately afterward, this stage will be permanent and will hold about 10,000 attendees in seating and standing areas, according to documents Summerfest gave to The Business Journal. Wavy roof pieces and colorful lighting will give the stage a modern feel, and a transparent veneer behind the stage will allow the audience to see the lake behind during daylight hours.




Aug 25, 2011, 1:07 PM
Art City Blog (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/artcity.html)

Janet Zweig public art project being installed

Artist Janet Zweig's "Pedestrian Drama," a project that has been in the works for several years, is made from the mechanical flap signs common in train stations until recent years. Instead of a rapid-fire flipping from "London" to "Paris" however, these flips signs will feature cinematic sequences with silhouetted figures.

As pedestrians approach the kiosks, installed on electrical poles, the artworks will activate and begin flapping. Looking inside one of the windows, onlookers will see short scenes of pedestrian encounters. The ideas for these visual stories came from Milwaukeeans and we acted out and filmed by Milwaukeeans as well.



Crazy Ivan
Oct 1, 2011, 12:20 AM

Northwestern Mutual to replace 16-story downtown building
By Diane Pathieu
CREATED Sep. 29, 2011

MILWAUKEE - A long time downtown Milwaukee business may be moving much of its operations.

Northwestern Mutual's east office building is aging, and the company says it may be time to move those employees elsewhere - possibly out of downtown.

The building on North Cass Street is deteriorating quickly, and crews will eventually raze it.

Some employees have already been working in a temporary spot down the block.

Officials estimate that the cost of repairing the building is about $40 million, which means the company can either rebuild from the ground up, or share space with their other downtown buildings and their huge campus in Franklin.

"I thought, 'What an opportunity to build an iconic building, a 30, 40, 50, 60-story building, bigger than the U.S. Bank building on what is potentially the most prominent development site in Milwaukee,' " said Alderman Bob Bauman.

But the plans to use space in Franklin would mean moving hundreds of employees out of downtown, which was news to Bauman.

He met with NML representatives on Wednesday

"They never suggested that they would be moving the personnel currently working in that building at (East) Wisconsin and (North) Prospect (Avenues) to Franklin."

"We have not yet determined the size, scope or location of what will replace the building," the company said in a statement to TODAY'S TMJ4.

"The primary focus of our long-range planning process is to define future space needs and evaluate options for meeting those space needs either at our downtown campus, Franklin campus or a combination of both, while also pinpointing costs."

The alderman said he would work hard to keep the company downtown.

As the local alderman for the downtown district, I would support city participation and city partnership in any signature structure they would suggest," said Bauman.

The company is planning an evaluation study to look at potential steps to take.

Oct 4, 2011, 3:39 PM
Article and pictures from UrbanMilwaukee.com (http://urbanismnews.com/wi/milwaukee/third-urban-ecology-center-breaks-ground-in-menomonee-valley-)

For the project, called “Menomonee Valley – From the Ground Up,” the UEC has teamed up with
Menomonee Valley Partners, a non-profit whose mission is to redevelop the Valley. The project has four components:
· Improving pedestrian/bike access to and from the Valley.
· Doubling the Hank Aaron State Trail with a six-mile western extension.
· Establishing the third branch of the Urban Ecology Center.
· Transforming a 24-acre brownfield into a visionary public park and ecologically significant natural area.

At Tuesday’s groundbreaking plans for both the UEC branch and the park were unveiled to the public.

New UEC branch
Uihlein-Wilson Architects

New Park
Uihlein-Wilson Architects

Oct 4, 2011, 3:57 PM
From Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanismnews.com/wi/milwaukee/bike-lanes-for-bay-street-expected-in-november)

Bike lanes for Bay Street expected in November

According to Cecilia Gilbert, Department of Public Works permits & communications manager, the construction project along Bay Street that started June 26 is scheduled to be completed by the first week of November.

There was some delay after work started due to some major sewer design revisions. Gilbert said the work that has been completed to date is related to the storm sewer installation for the roadway alignment for the new bike facility.

The project consists of resurfacing Bay Street from Russell Avenue to Kinnickinnic Avenue and includes the construction and marking of the new bike facility. The raised bike lanes are being constructed from Potter Avenue to Lincoln Avenue and regular striped bike lanes will be installed on the remaining portions of the project.

Curb and sidewalks on the south side and north sides of Bay Street from Lincoln Avenue to Potter Avenue will be removed and constructed after the mountable curb for the raised bike lane has been completed. Asphalt work will start after the curb and sidewalks have been constructed.

Eighty percent of the project, $1.3 million, is a part of a federal grant for a downtown-to-Bay View bicycle facility. The other 20 percent is provided by the city of Milwaukee.

Image from Milwaukee Bike Master Plan

Oct 18, 2011, 2:24 PM
Pabst Brewery transformation in next phase

By Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel
Oct. 16, 2011

It's been 15 years since the former Pabst brew house last made Pabst Blue Ribbon on a rise overlooking the northern end of downtown Milwaukee.

Now, the building is being converted into a 90-room extended stay hotel, with the former brewing kettles serving as part of the décor. Known as the Brew House Inn & Suites, the project has a groundbreaking ceremony Monday, with the hotel set to open at the end of 2012...


Oct 19, 2011, 5:14 PM
Alterra BayView has officially broken ground. Renderings and information from their website (link (http://www.acrmke.com/alterra-bayview))

In addition to making use of recycled materials, the Alterra Bay View project also highlights water conservation and runoff management through a number of innovative features. All roof water will be managed through retention "on-roof," with a slow release via on-site bioswales to help remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water. A large cistern is also planned to assist in retention and will be used to water native landscaping surrounding the building.

Additional elements of the project include a focus on improved pedestrian access, sheltered vertical bike parking, "swing set" outdoor seating, and a new bus shelter designed with multi-modal commuters in mind. The shelter was created in collaboration with artists Joe and Janice Niedzialkowski to incorporate bike storage, as well as greenery, trees, rain gardens and public seating tucked into the space wherever possible.





Oct 19, 2011, 5:50 PM
More Apartments Proposed in Milwaukee
Biz Journal (http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/2011/09/more-apartments-proposed-in-milwaukee.html)

Peltz of Blackwatch 68 Properties, Chicago, is seeking city approval this fall for the four-story building that would go up on a vacant site at 1530 N. Jackson St. in Milwaukee. He said WaterStone Bank SSB has agreed to finance the project and, pending the timeline of city approval, construction can start either this year or in spring 2012. Rents for the Jackson Street apartments would range from $1,550 to $1,670 per month.

$2.2 million
15 units
Striegel-Agacki Studio

Oct 28, 2011, 5:39 PM
Breaking Ground: Pabst Hotel
Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/news/2011/10/28/breaking-ground-pabst-hotel)


Oregon, Wis.-based Gorman & Company recently began construction on a $19 million project to transform the former Brew House building and Mill House building, located at the former Pabst brewery complex in downtown Milwaukee, into a 90-room hotel. The hotel will be called the Brewhouse Inn & Suites. It will have studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom suites. The hotel will also have 5,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, which Gorman is marketing to potential restaurant tenants.

Oct 28, 2011, 5:43 PM
Domus Dead: Mandel Now Plans Apartments in 3rd Ward.

Domus Condos

Mandel Group Inc. plans to build 150 apartments on a riverside property in Milwaukee’s 3rd Ward where the developer in late 2006 had proposed the Domus condominium project.

“We feel that it’s the best site in the 3rd Ward,” said Barry Mandel, president of the Milwaukee-based company. “It’s right on the river. Our (other) apartments are full.”
Mandel said his company is in the early stages of planning the apartment project and, pending city approval and lining up financing, could break ground as early as the third quarter of 2012.

Nov 10, 2011, 5:33 PM

Journal Sentinel (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/133588723.html)

Milwaukee's East Library branch would be demolished, and replaced with a new library and upper level apartments under a plan recommended Wednesday night.

Waukesha-based HSI Properties LLC is proposing 92 one- and two-bedroom units built above a new library, with 113 underground parking spaces. Forty enclosed parking spaces would be set aside for library patrons on the street level.

The $14.9 million development would be financed mainly through a $10.9 million commercial loan guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, along with equity cash from the developers.

Nov 23, 2011, 4:43 PM
Building 2



Building 3



Journal Sentinel (http://urbanismnews.com/wi/milwaukee/north-end-apartments-in-park-east-to-start-expansion-in-january)

Mandel Group Inc. plans to begin site work by January on the second phase of The North End apartment development, in Milwaukee's Park East area.

That's according to Richard Lincoln, Mandel senior vice president. The expansion plan calls for a 100-unit building overlooking the Milwaukee River, and a 55-unit building at E. Pleasant and N. Water streets.

Both should be completed by early 2013, Lincoln said Thursday. He was at a meeting of the city Redevelopment Authority board, which approved issuing $4.95 million in bonds to help Mandel raise financing for the $36.7 million project.

Dec 7, 2011, 4:23 AM
Howdy. Long time lurker, first time poster. Dont see much new on this theoretical lakefront idea. Wondering who thinks it's just pure fantasy? Would NML anchor this? How about Kohl's?


Dec 13, 2011, 8:19 PM
Howdy. Long time lurker, first time poster. Dont see much new on this theoretical lakefront idea. Wondering who thinks it's just pure fantasy? Would NML anchor this? How about Kohl's?

Welcome. I think we could see the infrastructure become a reality if the city makes a solid plan to do so. They've been successful with larger projects than this in the past (Park East, Menomonee Valley). The building development would depend on the private sector though, but the prime real estate should help. Having Kohl's locate there would of course be dope.

Dec 13, 2011, 8:26 PM
Text and pictures from Edible Skyline (http://edibleskyline.blogspot.com/) blog.


The building at 538 S. 2nd St has its exterior nearly finished. The recycled cream city brick building will be home to, among other exciting things, the Edible Skyline project of CORE/El Centro. In addition to on-site geothermal heating and grey water retention/recycling, this Living Building will use passive cooling and ventilation strategies to keep energy costs down.

Access to the roof will be available via the open-concept, sunlit staircase or the nation's first-ever energy regenerative Otis elevator. The elevator, currently in use in China, will actually feed energy back INTO the energy grid to support lighting, computers and other electrical equipment.

Dec 13, 2011, 8:43 PM
From Journal Sentinel (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/135103333.html)

Continuum Architects

Construction work on University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's new School of Freshwater Sciences is to begin this month.

That initial work involves remodeling part of UWM's Great Lakes WATER Institute, which overlooks the harbor at 600 E. Greenfield Ave.

That building will be renovated and expanded with $53 million in state money. Construction of the building's addition is to begin by May, according to a schedule released by UW System.

Dec 13, 2011, 9:04 PM
From Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/realestateweekly) and Kahler Slater (http://www.kahlerslater.com/expertise/hospitality/hilton-garden-inn-milwaukee-adaptive-reuse)


Construction work began Monday on the conversation of the 125-year-old Loyalty Building at 611 N. Broadway in downtown Milwaukee into a 128-room Hilton Garden Inn hotel.

The Hilton Garden Inn is one of three downtown hotel projects that are now under construction. The others are a 200-room Marriott hotel southwest of Wisconsin Avenue and Milwaukee Street and a 90-room boutique hotel at the former Pabst brewery complex.

Dec 13, 2011, 9:39 PM
Water School and the building on 2nd both look dope. Milwaukee continues to set the bar high!

Jan 25, 2012, 5:18 AM

Press Release (http://paysbig.com/blog/2012/1/17/potawatomi-to-build-150-million-382-room-hotel-in-menomonee-vall/)

MILWAUKEE – Potawatomi Bingo Casino, owned and operated by the Forest County Potawatomi Community, announced today it is building a $150 million hotel adjacent to Potawatomi Bingo Casino in Milwaukee's Menomonee Valley, creating new jobs and generating millions in additional revenue for the Milwaukee area.

The proposed hotel will be a 4-star/4-diamond level hotel with 382 rooms, a full-service spa and a casual-dining restaurant. The Tribe is hoping to break ground in late spring/early summer 2012. Construction is expected to last about two years.

"Since opening Potawatomi Bingo Casino more than two decades ago, the Forest County Potawatomi has shown a continued commitment to investing in Milwaukee," said Mike Goodrich, Potawatomi Bingo Casino General Manager and Forest County Potawatomi tribal member. "A hotel development will strengthen the long-term sustainability of the Casino."

Jan 25, 2012, 5:25 AM
Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/news/2012/1/23/breaking-ground-east-side-apartments)

Milwaukee-based Dermond Property Investments plans to build a four-story, 34-unit apartment building at the northwest corner of Pleasant and Jackson streets on Milwaukee’s East Side. The apartments will be one-bedroom and studio units. If the project receives city approval, the 4,076-square-foot, 112-year-old former Joey’s Italian Restaurant building on the property will be demolished to make way for the new apartment building.

Feb 7, 2012, 4:46 PM

North End Phase II to break ground in February (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2012/01/30/the-north-end-phase-ii-to-break-ground-in-february/)
Urban Milwaukee

Mar 20, 2012, 8:26 PM
Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2012/03/19/city-plan-commission-recommends-revised-jackson-st-apartment-building-for-approval/)
City Plan Commission Recommends Revised Jackson St. Apartment Building for Approval

Dermond Property Investments’ request for a change in zoning for the properties 1601 N. Jackson and 522 E. Pleasant, the former Joey’s Restaurant location, from Local Business (LB2) to a Detailed Planned Development (DPD) was once again before the City Plan Commission. The proposal was required to go back before the City Plan Commission, because the number of rental units in the proposal had changed. The developer now plans to build a five-story 36-unit residential apartment building that will consist of one-bedroom apartments and studios. In excess of the existing zoning requirement of 18 off-street parking spots the building will include 38 parking spaces, 36 spaces for resident use, and two spaces for guest use.

Mar 25, 2012, 10:49 PM
Great little rendering on the concept of the new lake front redesign in this week's biz journal:


Is anyone else as confused as I am about Kohl's decisions to bail from downtown? Seems like a total cop out if you ask me!

Mar 26, 2012, 9:26 AM
As much as I like that picture, it doesn't seem realistic. There seems to be more land there than is actually available.

Kohls? Eh, so what. They are a retail company and therefore short-term. No biggie.

Is there even a company in greater Milwaukee that could fill the space in that rendering?

Mar 26, 2012, 4:42 PM
Well it's definitely ambitious, I'll give you that. No company other than Kohl's who could possibly fill it, but if they scaled it down a little the general concept seems brilliant. Then again, a large hotel/apartments could probably fill quite a bit of those towers.

Mar 26, 2012, 7:10 PM
That' be really sweet. And it's in a very visible location. It'd be great to have some new highrises in Milwaukke.

Mar 26, 2012, 8:11 PM
As much as I like that picture, it doesn't seem realistic. There seems to be more land there than is actually available.

That much land would be available if the Lake Interchange would be reconfigured as outlined in the recommendations. (http://county.milwaukee.gov/ImageLibrary/Groups/cntyParks/Planning/LRLPC/Long-RangeLakefrontPlanningCom.pdf) WisDOT is apparently considering it.

Apr 1, 2012, 4:34 PM
Biz Journal (http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/real_estate/2012/03/uwm-referendum-supports-development.html)
UWM (http://www.aux.uwm.edu/Union/newunion/)

A proposal to increase University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student tuition to build a new student union was approved with support of 72 percent of students who voted in a referendum on Thursday.

A new union to replace the aging building at 2200 East Kenwood Boulevard will cost an estimated $160 million.




JSonline (http://urbanismnews.com/wi/milwaukee/plans-for-new-uwm-student-union) also has a gallery with different renderings.

Apr 1, 2012, 4:36 PM
^^^Highly cool

Apr 1, 2012, 5:01 PM
^^ I wonder why so many students voted in favor -- chances are a building like this will take 2-3 years to complete (if the plans are even finished now). Most of these kids won't even see the results. And I can't imagine a massive school like UWM (30,000 students) would foster the necessary community...

Apr 1, 2012, 5:40 PM
Under Construction - Occupancy July 1st 2012
Dwell (http://www.dwellbayview.com/#!__my-website)



Apr 4, 2012, 1:51 AM
I saw this on the Business Journal. It says something about needing the link, which apparently I have, although I don't know what that means. If it doesn't work, someone let me know. I'll see what I can do.


Chicago Shawn
Apr 5, 2012, 5:48 PM
Hey guys,

I saw the blueprints last week for The Moderne and the height has decreased to 315'-7" from 348'. The 315 figure is to the top of the parapet wall on the mechanical penthouse. 299'-3" is the height of the main roof. Floor count is 31 above ground and 1 below ground.

Apr 16, 2012, 6:52 PM
^^ I wonder why so many students voted in favor -- chances are a building like this will take 2-3 years to complete (if the plans are even finished now). Most of these kids won't even see the results. And I can't imagine a massive school like UWM (30,000 students) would foster the necessary community...

You obviously haven't seen the current union. It's a cool building and extremely popular place. So the problem is that it's constantly crammed (of course it even has a bar in it, welcome to Wisconsin!). It contains a bowling alley and other fun stuff. For a school of its size, UWM is actually quite intimate feeling.

Apr 21, 2012, 2:39 PM
Moderne 4/9/12

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.155205357885827.40334.153174918088871&type=3)

Apr 21, 2012, 2:54 PM
Anyone notice a resemblance to the Iron Horse (http://www.theironhorsehotel.com/)?






Downtown Marriot Link (http://www.downtownmilwaukeehotel.com/about-the-project.html)

Crazy Ivan
Apr 27, 2012, 2:31 AM
I noticed tonight they're setting up a sheet pile wall in the Park East Expressway corridor, along McKinley Avenue. Does anyone know what this is related to?

May 3, 2012, 11:13 AM
Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/article/20120502/ENEWSLETTERS06/120509964)

...Some proposals call for one building, others for up to three buildings. The size of the buildings proposed varies from 40-some stores to 20-some stories, Taffora said.
The tallest building proposed is a 40-some story residential building, which would be shorter than the 42-story U.S. Bank Center, which is an office building and therefore has higher floor levels than a residential building, he said.

"We'd like to move as soon as possible on this," Taffora said. "If we can get jobs there and increase the tax base, that would be fantastic."

May 3, 2012, 1:40 PM
^^^ So they are actually going to sell off that land to build a development that includes a "transit center"? I don't care about the height much, though it is exciting, but it would be fantastic to have a transit center with eventually light rail to UWM, Tosa, and the Airport. That would be a fantastic system for the city if we could ever get to that point.

May 3, 2012, 7:43 PM
^^^ So they are actually going to sell off that land to build a development that includes a "transit center"? I don't care about the height much, though it is exciting, but it would be fantastic to have a transit center with eventually light rail to UWM, Tosa, and the Airport. That would be a fantastic system for the city if we could ever get to that point.

No, the existing transit center (rather misnamed because it's really just a bus turn-around and staging area that riders have never ever really used in the last 20 years) would be demolished, and a new development would take it's place. A new transit center would be built someplace else, at a yet-to-be-determined location (possibly closer to the train station).

May 3, 2012, 7:46 PM
^^^ Oh cool either way. They should build it in the empty lot across from the train station...

May 4, 2012, 12:12 AM
I think they mean to incorporate the transit center functions into the intermodal station. I can't see needing new construction for that.

Also, that area is already prepared for any kind of rail system(s) that may come down the road. The pending streetcar system will go there and Amtrak already does, of course. Any other rail needs, such as commuter or light/heavy rail are far, far away. :(

May 6, 2012, 4:47 AM
^^ I wonder why so many students voted in favor -- chances are a building like this will take 2-3 years to complete (if the plans are even finished now). Most of these kids won't even see the results. And I can't imagine a massive school like UWM (30,000 students) would foster the necessary community...

as a marquette student, i can definitely tell you that students don't mind paying a bit extra when they can be proud that their school is building architecturally pleasing modern facilities, even if they wont be taking advantage of those facilities directly...

May 6, 2012, 5:46 AM
By the way, Zilber School of Public Health seems to be coming along nicely


May 16, 2012, 12:10 AM

The Milwaukee Art Museum is proposing a new, $5 million addition

The Milwaukee Art Museum has proposed a new building – a glassy atrium – that would give the museum a new entrance on a prime spot of lakefront that isn’t used much now.

Designed by Milwaukee architect Jim Shields, of HGA Architects and Engineers, the $5 million building is part of a larger $15 million project to reorganize the museum’s permanent collection galleries and bring the spaces in the War Memorial complex that the museum occupies up to expected art-world standards for environmental controls.

Art City (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/151449545.html#!page=1&pageSize=10&sort=newestfirst)

May 19, 2012, 4:54 AM
More images of MAM lakefront addition from JSonline.com (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/entertainment/152027425.html#!page=1&pageSize=10&sort=newestfirst)



May 27, 2012, 4:04 PM
Images from recent AIA Milwaukee Construction Tours
Link (http://www.aiamilwaukee.org/gallery/item/414/asInline)

The Moderne






Crazy Ivan
Jun 22, 2012, 2:33 AM
I noticed tonight they're setting up a sheet pile wall in the Park East Expressway corridor, along McKinley Avenue. Does anyone know what this is related to?

Now I see what appears to be, at least two major developments in progress in the Park East Corridor. Anyone know what they are?

Jun 22, 2012, 3:10 AM
The only new things begun recently (i.e. this year) in the Park East corridor is the MSOE Parking Garage and Soccer Field (started in May), and the second phase of the North End (started in February).

Jun 25, 2012, 1:47 AM
Irgens plans 18-story Office Tower (http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/print-edition/2012/06/22/irgens-plans-18-story-office-tower.html)
Biz Journal


Local development firm Irgens is planning to build a more than $100 million, 18-story office tower adjacent to the U.S. Bank Center on downtown Milwaukee’s lakefront that would be anchored by law firm Godfrey & Kahn SC .

The law firm is committed to lease about 100,000 square feet, said Mark Irgens, president of Irgens, Wauwatosa. Irgens said he has an agreement to buy the site at 833 E. Michigan St. from U.S. Bank and is one large office tenant away from having the leasing commitments needed to secure financing.

Jun 28, 2012, 10:13 PM
More of 833 East Michigan:




Biz Journal (http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/real_estate/2012/06/lake-michigan-views-raised-as-concern.html?s=image_gallery)

Jun 28, 2012, 10:23 PM
The Forest County Potawatomi tribe will hold a groundbreaking ceremony on July 12 to celebrate the start of construction of a 20-story, 382-room hotel next to its Potawatomi Bingo Casino in the Menomonee Valley in Milwaukee. Biz Times (http://biztimes.com/article/20120627/ENEWSLETTERS06/120629815/-1/Real_Estate)







Jun 30, 2012, 4:04 PM
All text and photos from UrbanMilwaukee.com (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2012/06/29/friday-photos-lower-east-side-construction/?pid=442)
Photos by Jeramey Jannene, taken June 24th, 2012. All Rights Reserved.

The back side of the Highbridge Condominiums.

A shot from Astor Street of the construction of 1910 on Water. The site is built into a hill and has a public staircase immediately to its west.



Construction is underway on two more apartment buildings at The North End.



Jun 30, 2012, 4:10 PM

Biz Times (http://urbanismnews.com/wi/milwaukee/3rd-ward-mandel-project-could-add-feature-to-river-walk)
Mandel Group Inc. is firming up plans for its 150-apartment Domus project in Milwaukee’s 3rd Ward and wants to ask the city for approval by the end of the summer.

The Domus is on the Milwaukee River at North Jefferson and East Erie streets. It is near the site where the Italian Community Center and Marcus Investments are floating the idea of building a bridge to better connect the 3rd Ward and Walker's Point neighborhoods. There’s more on that project in this week’s issue of The Business Journal.

Mandel Group also is contemplating plans for that piece of shoreline as part of the Domus project, said Robert Monnat, chief operating officer. As it stands now, there is a short abutment jutting into the river for a railroad swing bridge. Monnat said that abutment could be incorporated into a new segment of the Milwaukee RiverWalk that is included in the Domus project.

The pier would make for a good fishing spot, Monnat said, and offer a new experience for pedestrians on the RiverWalk, which mostly hugs the shoreline. He stressed that Mandel Group is exploring the idea, and there are many details that would have to be worked out before anything becomes formal.

Jun 30, 2012, 4:14 PM

Biz Times (http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/2012/06/new-summerfest-stage-offers-cool.html)
New Summerfest stage offers cool seats, hot views

Jul 12, 2012, 12:09 AM
JSonline.com (http://www.jsonline.com/business/44story-lakefront-tower-proposed-6262o1g-162017865.html)
Images from Rinka Chung Architects

A 44-story tower overlooking Lake Michigan that features high-end apartments and a hotel would replace the underused Downtown Transit Center under a proposal being recommended by County Executive Chris Abele. The building, known as The Couture, would be developed by Rick Barrett, who's completing the 30-story Moderne apartment high-rise on downtown Milwaukee's west side. Abele wants the County Board to approve negotiations for Milwaukee County to sell the transit center site, 909 E. Michigan St., to Barrett. The Couture, with an estimated $120 million price tag, would generate property tax revenue, as well as hundreds of construction and hotel jobs, Abele said Tuesday.









Ch.G, Ch.G
Jul 12, 2012, 4:19 AM
Wow, I hope that happens. Love Milwaukee's embrace of white.

Jul 12, 2012, 6:05 AM
Wow !! That would be sweet !! I love the design ......... any idea on how many feet yet ?

Jul 12, 2012, 6:15 AM
Woops .... should have just read the article .... 507 feet .... I think I'm excited about this !!:cheers:

Go Brew City !!

Now all we need in Milwaukee is decent batting averages at Miller Park !!

Steely Dan
Jul 12, 2012, 6:43 PM

at 507' this could be a real skyline changer for milwaukee. would love to see it move forward.

Tom In Chicago
Jul 12, 2012, 9:06 PM
I too support this development. . . Milwaukee needs more skyscrapers. . .

. . .

Jul 12, 2012, 9:14 PM
where will the old transit center move? The new Amtrak station? Or will they just stop buses on the street?

Jul 13, 2012, 6:42 PM
What is the planned height of the new Potawatomi hotel?

Steely Dan
Jul 13, 2012, 7:31 PM
Wow, I hope that happens. Love Milwaukee's embrace of white.

while the white is becoming a little too ubiquitous up there (US bank, the calatrava, university club tower, the moderne, now this proposal), it's still far more preferable than river north's embrace of beige. ;)

Jul 14, 2012, 5:59 AM
It would be great if this 44-story tower is built. Not like Milwaukee's skyline is anything to brag about, but this would be a welcome addition. Plus Milwaukee's skyline is nearly nonexistent looking west out from the lake. Pretty disappointed if this proposal falls through. I think it would help offset the blandness of the nondescript US Bank building nearby.

Tom In Chicago
Jul 15, 2012, 3:45 PM
while the white is becoming a little too ubiquitous up there (US bank, the calatrava, university club tower, the moderne, now this proposal), it's still far more preferable than river north's embrace of beige. ;)

Maybe there is some historical context in using white as I've heard Milwaukee described locally as 'Cream City' - perhaps a reference to white colored buildings of long ago? I dunno. . . just a WAG. . .

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Jul 16, 2012, 2:01 AM
Maybe there is some historical context in using white as I've heard Milwaukee described locally as 'Cream City' - perhaps a reference to white colored buildings of long ago? I dunno. . . just a WAG. . .

Sorry, it has nothing to do with white colored buildings or the dairy industry.

In the 1830s, when Milwaukee's brickmakers dug up the local reddish-brown clay and burned it in their kilns, the resulting bricks came out with a distinctive creamy, light-yellowish or buff color. Hence the nickname "Cream City." The unexpected color change was due to a high content of magnesium and calcium in the clay.

the urban politician
Jul 16, 2012, 2:25 AM
Just saw this proposal now. Looks great, exactly what Milwaukee's skyline needs

Sep 1, 2012, 2:31 PM
Biz Times: Milwaukee Project to improve link between marsupial bridge and beerline (http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/real_estate/2012/08/milwaukee-project-to-improve-link.html)

Renderings found on La Dallman Architects (http://www.ladallman.com/prj_trestle_stair.html) website:


Existing marsupial bridge:


Sep 1, 2012, 2:38 PM
A 24-acre park stretching between Mitchell Park on the east and S. 37th St. on the west.
Two new bike and pedestrian bridges - near S. 33rd St. and near Mitchell Park - that will tie south side neighborhoods to the valley.
A new Urban Ecology Center branch at 3700 W. Pierce St.
One mile of recreation trails to augment 5 miles of the Hank Aaron State Trail in the valley.
Landscaping and in-stream and riverbank improvements that will stop soil erosion and improve wildlife habitat.
Construction of community gardens near a densely populated neighborhood.

On Thursday, former Braves and Brewers slugger Henry Aaron was on hand for a groundbreaking that formally kicked off construction of the park, although work has been under way this summer.

Some aspects of the project have already been completed.

Sep 3, 2012, 2:43 PM


LINK (http://www.downtownmilwaukeehotel.com/about-the-project.html)

Sep 3, 2012, 3:01 PM


LINK (http://rinkachung.com/project_moderne.html)

Nov 16, 2012, 12:40 AM
Donate Here: Kickstarter Page (http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/keith-hayes/matireal-a-creational-trail?ref=live)

The artery is a linear park discovered by beintween that seeks to reclaim the former Wisconsin Southern rail corridor, addressing food desert issues and underprivileged communities of Milwaukee. The 2.4 mile stretch of privately-owned property offers 20 acres of land to integrate communities along a 'creational trail, connecting the Beerline Trail at Keefe & Richards to an extension of the Oak Leaf Trail beyond Hampton Avenue.

After collaborating with neighbors, the property owner, and the city, as well as tooling hundreds of tires, we came up with matireal as a catalytic path surface for the artery, a linear park that will reclaim a 2.4 mile long rail corridor and connect communities. Now that we have a replicable prototype, we are ready to move up in scale and begin blazing our matireal trail in the spring of 2013.





Nov 16, 2012, 3:39 AM


LINK (http://www.downtownmilwaukeehotel.com/about-the-project.html)

How is Milwaukee's downtown? Is it a vibrant core? Lot of pedetrial activity during the week? Lots of shops and parks and vendors?

I have no idea what the city feels like at street level.

Nov 16, 2012, 3:58 AM
Mill-Walk-E: Where the Beer is cold and the towers are white.

Dec 10, 2012, 7:22 PM
Scott Paulus, http://assets.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/print-edition/022412_ROP_NML01.jpg?v=1

Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance plans to build a new 30-35 storey office building at its downtown campus in the near future. The new development would be built where the current "East Building" now stands (the plans are to demolish the current 16-storey building due to increasing maintenance costs).

There are no current designs for the skyscraper, though CEO John Schlifske explains that the building will be "iconic." A design for the new tower should be revealed in mid-2013.

The announcement affirms Northwestern Mutual's commitment to downtown Milwaukee. NML has about 1100 employees in the existing East Building, and those jobs would remain with an additional 1700 jobs to be added downtown in the future.

WISN 12 report: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ggRginxSFZE

UrbanMilwaukee (detailed summary): http://urbanismnews.com/wi/milwaukee/quiet-company-could-build-city-s-tallest-building

This proposal seems very likely to happen, with the City seeming very friendly to NML's requested TIF District. This is quite a gain for downtown - the scraper could be the new tallest in the state (although I doubt it). In any case, it certainly would add to the skyline; Schlifske explained in an interview that the design would "blend in" with the architecture currently at the lakefront (http://urbanismnews.com/wi/milwaukee/fourth-and-state-john-schlifske).

This is in the same vicinity of the proposed Couture project and 833 East (the adjacent 18-storey office building proposal). Along with the tentatively approved streetcar and assuming the Art Museum renovations go through, then the "Gateway to the Lake" might become very first-rate indeed.

Summary of current major downtown\East Side proposals:

NML Tower
833 East
Art Museum Renovation
Freeway Ramp reconfiguration (at lakefront by Summerfest)
New UWM Student Union

Let's hope they get through soon!

Dec 24, 2012, 7:24 PM
To make way for the new facility, a one-story building will first be demolished. Construction is then expected to take a year, with the facility opening to students in 2014.

Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2012/12/21/six-stories-of-miad-students/)




Dec 24, 2012, 7:35 PM
New Hilton Downtown has opened. Kahler Slater designed the renovation.

From Kahler Slater:

Kahler Slater is working with Chicago-based First Hospitality Group on the adaptive reuse of a historic office building to become a 128-key Hilton Garden Inn. The Richardsonian Romanesque structure once housed the headquarters of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance and is one of the best remaining examples of its kind in the Midwest, from its solid granite exterior to its soaring atrium. It sits in a critical location to help revitalize the key Broadway Corridor in downtown Milwaukee.







Dec 24, 2012, 7:59 PM
That staircase is amazing! Nice renovation all around

Tower Craner
Jan 8, 2013, 12:04 AM
Hi All,
I'm the tower crane operator on the new Hotel at Potawatomi. I was also on the tower cranes at Park Lafayette and St John's On The Lakefront in Milwaukee.
We pumped 1040 yards of concrete today into one pilecap/pad that will serve as the base for two elevator shafts and a stairwell.

Here's a pic I snapped, I'll try to post more as the job goes on.


Tom In Chicago
Jan 8, 2013, 7:18 PM
^Welcome to the forum. . .

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Jan 8, 2013, 10:11 PM
Hi All,
I'm the tower crane operator on the new Hotel at Potawatomi. I was also on the tower cranes at Park Lafayette and St John's On The Lakefront in Milwaukee.
We pumped 1040 yards of concrete today into one pilecap/pad that will serve as the base for two elevator shafts and a stairwell.

Here's a pic I snapped, I'll try to post more as the job goes on.


I did not get the sense of the footprint looking like that from the drawings. Cool view! Thanks!

Jan 18, 2013, 12:04 AM
Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanismnews.com/wi/milwaukee/northwestern-mutual-tower-advances)

Rocky Marcoux, Commissioner Department of City Development, speaking before the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee board today, gushed on about the impact of Northwestern Mutual Life’s proposed $300 million downtown office tower project. In his words it is a “celebration of downtown.”

NML will use 70 percent of the funds created through this TID, or $48 million, to partially offset additional costs incurred by developing a 840,000 square foot office tower in downtown Milwaukee versus building at their Franklin campus. During the RACM meeting Steve Radke, V.P. of Governmental Relations for Northwestern Mutual, explained that the additional costs included $42 million for tower construction, $5.5 million to build on swampland (“Lake Emily” as he referred to it), and $8 million to relocate and reconfigure the complex internal infrastructure that is currently housed in the East Building, which will be demolished to make room for the new tower. Ald. Bob Bauman briefly spoke in support of the project and made it clear that “this company had options,” in fact less expensive options, and they decided on downtown Milwaukee.

Scheer added that the $48 million could rise to $50 million if NML were to expand the tower to 1,000,000 square feet.

The other 30 percent of the funds, $17 million, will be used to fund infrastructure projects in the nearby area for the City of Milwaukee. Marcoux said the city will rebuild the intersection of Michigan St. and Lincoln Memorial Dr. to create a gateway to the city that is safe and usable for pedestrians. Additionally, the project envisions two new bridges to better connect Downtown to the lakefront, and additional streetscaping along Michigan Street.

Jan 27, 2013, 5:22 PM
Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2013/01/21/87-units-along-the-river/nggallery/image/1887-water-st-rendering-3/)

Jan 27, 2013, 5:25 PM
Biz Times (http://biztimes.com/article/20130123/ENEWSLETTERS06/130129932/-1/Real_Estate)

Feb 9, 2013, 9:57 PM
Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co. has hired New Haven, Conn.-based Pickard Chilton to design its office tower planned for downtown Milwaukee, the company announced Friday.

Pickard Chilton will be responsible for the design of the building's exterior, as well as the main lobbies and public spaces. The firm's portfolio features several office towers throughout the world, including Chicago's 300 North LaSalle building. Journal Sentinel (http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/190384131.html)

Feb 9, 2013, 9:59 PM

Biz Times (http://urbanismnews.com/wi/milwaukee/county-resolution-would-move-new-lakefront-tower-project-forward)

Feb 9, 2013, 10:01 PM
A blue-ribbon panel of urban forest experts looked at an in-depth survey and independent data from the 50 most populous U.S. cities to compile the list. Besides Milwaukee, other cities completing the top 10 are Austin, Texas; Charlotte, N.C.; Denver; Minneapolis; New York; Portland, Ore.; Sacramento, Calif.; Seattle; and Washington, D.C.

Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanismnews.com/wi/milwaukee/milwaukee-among-best-u-s-cities-for-urban-forests)

Feb 12, 2013, 8:29 PM
Thanks for all the updates! Don't really post, just love to read.

Feb 24, 2013, 6:59 PM



Feb 24, 2013, 7:13 PM


AG Architecture is working with Wangard Partners to help create a Mixed Use development at the intersection of Water and Brady Street on Milwaukee’s East Side. The goals of the project include connecting the existing pedestrian traffic patterns down to an extended Riverwalk which will connect to the Marsupial Bridge. Current design iterations are representative of 150 units ranging in size from 750sqft to 1400 sqft all oriented around a landscaped courtyard with views towards Milwaukee’s Cityscape and Riverfront.

AG Architecture (http://agarch.com/the-linking-of-water-brady/)

Feb 25, 2013, 5:28 PM
Apparantly Kahler Slater Architects will be designing a Kimpton hotel for the corner of Broadway and Chicago in the 3rd ward. Perfect project for a perfect location if you ask me! No sign of it on their website yet, however...

Feb 27, 2013, 1:12 AM
Apparantly Kahler Slater Architects will be designing a Kimpton hotel for the corner of Broadway and Chicago in the 3rd ward. Perfect project for a perfect location if you ask me! No sign of it on their website yet, however...


Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants plans to build a 158-room hotel on a 3rd Ward parking lot owned by the developer that is also building the downtown Milwaukee Marriott.

The eight-story hotel, expected to open in 2015, would be built on the northeast corner of Broadway and East Chicago Street in downtown Milwaukee. Kimpton, based in San Francisco, pitches the project as a boutique hotel that would have a rooftop bar with a ground-floor restaurant.

Kimpton operates 58 hotels and 67 restaurants, but has no presence in Milwaukee.

“We’re seeing a growth demand for our style of boutique hotels in the market and have been attracted to Milwaukee for some time,” Kimpton CEO Mike Depatie said in an announcement of the project.

Business Journal (http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/blog/real_estate/2013/02/kimpton-to-build-8-story-hotel-in-3rd.html)

Mar 11, 2013, 9:14 PM
From the Journal Sentinel:


Awesome news.

Tom In Chicago
Mar 12, 2013, 6:53 PM
^Nice. . .

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Mar 14, 2013, 11:12 AM
From the Journal Sentinel:


Awesome news.


Mar 22, 2013, 5:54 AM

Office proposal from Urban Milwaukee (http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2013/03/21/pabst-office-building-goes-moderne/nggallery/image/pabst-business-center-rendering-looking-northeast/)

Apr 25, 2013, 11:58 PM
Common Council panel approves TIF plan for NML tower

The Milwaukee Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development (ZND) Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved $54 million in tax incremental financing (TIF) for Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co.’s $350 to $400 million office tower project at its downtown Milwaukee headquarters campus.

Biz Times (http://www.biztimes.com/section/realestate_enews)

Apr 27, 2013, 2:37 AM
This is a subscription article and I'm not a subscriber but the free bit of info they give you is really interesting.

A marketing plan for the 3-acre site that will open on Milwaukee’s lakefront by 2018 could include a nationwide bid to seek a corporate headquarters to move there.

The land southwest of East Clybourn Street and North Lincoln Memorial Drive would be available for a development after the state of Wisconsin moves two ramps in the Lake Interchange. Milwaukee development commissioner Rocky Marcoux, talking to aldermen on April 23, said he wants to market it to attract a corporate headquarters to the city and build off momentum from Northwestern Mutual’s nearby 33-story office development.