Ice Cream Factory Will Become Apartments
Council okays 64 apartments in converted factory and new connected building on 15th and North.
The Milwaukee Common Council unanimously approved city financing and a zoning variance to support the creation of 64 apartments at 1500 W. North Ave. in Lindsay Heights. The project, known as the The Legacy Lofts at the Blommer Ice Cream Factory, would also include first-floor commercial space that would house the Legacy Midwest Renewal Corp.
The project is being developed by a partnership of Legacy Midwest Renewal Corp and Chicago-based Evergreen Real Estate Group. Continuum Architects + Planners is serving as the project architect, bringing extensive knowledge of adaptive reuse projects and historic preservation tax credits to the project. Greenfire Management Services is slated to serve as the project’s general contractor.
The former Blommer Ice Cream factory, which hasn’t made delicious treats since the 1930s, was originally built in 1910 and expanded in 1925. It would be converted to house 38 units under the proposal. The new building, would be located next door to the old factory on a site that currently is occupied by a vacant surface parking lot and duplex. The duplex would be razed to accommodate the new development, which would be a 26-unit apartment complex.
Of the 64 units in the total project, only 10 would be available as market-rate housing. The bulk of the units in the project would be set aside for those making between $17,400 and $46,920 according to the developer’s presentation. Those would be financed in part with $723,000 in low-income housing tax credits from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. Sixteen of the units would be made available for those participating in WHEDA’s supportive housing program designed to combat homelessness.
The apartments in both buildings would be a mix of one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units.
The first units are scheduled to be available in August 2018.
The project has an estimated cost of $13.7 million.
More information on the project can be found in our June coverage.
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