Six Stories of MIAD Students
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design releases plans for new residence hall that brings students back to the Third Ward.
The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is working with General Capital Group to bring student housing back to the Historic Third Ward. Students currently reside at The Park at 1824 on the East Side. This has always been seen as a temporary solution as it requires shuttle buses to transport students between the East Side and school. Prior to this, MIAD’s student dorm had been in the nearby Eisner Building, but school officials say that facility’s shortcomings became a problem for parents.
MIAD intends to require all freshman and sophomores from hometowns more than 45 miles away (about 300 students) to live in the new facility. They will not be allowed to bring a car to campus.
The new facility is being developed and will be owned by General Capital Group, while MIAD will manage student operations. The building will be located directly across the street from MIAD’s facility, on Erie St. just east of Water St., and in addition to student housing will include two retail slots, one of which is envisioned as a restaurant with cafe seating. The designs, by Engberg Anderson, show a six-story building with an artistic wall feature, a glassy first floor, various iconic branding features, and a courtyard located on top of covered parking.
The proposal meets current zoning rules, in regards to height and massing, and has already received approval from the Historic Third Ward Architectural Review Board. At this point it needs just one more approval, from the Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA), to allow more than three unrelated persons to live within a dwelling unit, before the project can move forward. That request will before BOZA early in 2013.
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.