Building Info

Posner Building
  • Address: 152 W. Wisconsin Ave.
  • Owner: HKS Holdings LLC
  • Status: Completed
  • Assessment: $2,736,500 (2015)
  • Tax Key: 3610648000
  • Year Built: 1908
  • Size: 108,300 sq-ft

MKE Lofts is a mixed-use building in downtown Milwaukee. It was formerly known as the Posner Building and was for years almost entirely vacant, with the only tenant being Mo’s Irish Pub.

The building was converted to an apartment building in 2015 by HKS Holdings. The $23.5 million project was financed by a $13.75 million loan from WHEDA. As a requirement of that loan, 20 percent of the units are set aside for individuals making less than or equal to 80% of Milwaukee County’s median income.

Underground parking is available in the building, as well as parking stalls at an adjacent city-owned garage.

Prior building owner Johnny Vassallo worked on redeveloping the building for many years. In late 2012, Vassallo announced a project similar to the one proposed by HKS that he was seeking financing and development assistance for.

In 2008, Vassallo proposed converting the building into a hotel, likely a Holiday Inn, in partnership with another developer. Those plans fell through in May of that year.

The building was known as the Caswell Building until 1982. The name was changed to Posner Building at that point, and then MKE Lofts in 2015.

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Activity

IDDateTypeDescription
11742422016/04/02Permit
Temporary Occupancy
120086012016/03/24Violation

~~LITTERING OF PREMISES.. 1. PROHIBITED. This citation is issued for litter found on the premises and overflowing from a trash container on March 22nd, 2015 at 11:50am. / 79-12-1 /
7903842016/03/12New Service Request
Debris/Litter:Scattered
119831512016/03/09Violation

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~~~~Provide a performance test report for the rpp bfp
119409512016/02/10Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
~~Service suppression system
11697922016/02/10Permit
Plumbing-Addl Fee
11672912016/01/14Permit
Temporary Occupancy
11636422015/12/01Permit
Fire Alarm-Alteration
11635842015/11/25Permit
Fire Alarm-Alteration
11635622015/11/24Permit
Occupancy
11611102015/10/30Permit
Plumbing-Addl Fee
11585612015/10/07Permit
Temporary Occupancy
11585172015/10/07Permit
Projecting Sign
11583082015/10/02Permit
Fire Suppression r
11575952015/09/26Permit
Fire Alarm-New Install
11565502015/09/15Permit
Plumbing-Repair
11555702015/09/03Permit
Temporary Occupancy
11543422015/08/20Permit
Distribution Sys(ductwork)
116301212015/08/07Violation

~~Obtain quadruple fee permit
11531062015/08/07Permit
Alteration
11522512015/07/30Permit
Occupancy
11521652015/07/30Permit
Electrical-New
11520882015/07/29Permit
Elevator-New Handicapped
11491202015/06/30Permit
Elevator-New Passenger
11491212015/06/30Permit
Elevator-New Passenger
11466592015/06/05Permit
Plumbing-Addl Fee
7579922015/05/06New Service Request
New application for tavern license, please check for 300' rule
11398582015/03/26Permit
Storage Tank Installation
11398592015/03/26Permit
Storage Tank Other
11367882015/02/27Permit
Plumbing-New
11373922015/02/25Permit
Plumbing-Repair
11372052015/02/24Permit
Plumbing-Repair
113185112015/02/11Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
~~Maintain fire safety and/or evacuation plan
~~Fire doors must be closed at all times
11360902015/02/07Permit
Boiler-New
11357992015/02/06Permit
Plumbing-Repair
11351592015/01/28Permit
Cooling Rooftop Unit
11351602015/01/28Permit
Heating Rooftop Unit
11351612015/01/28Permit
Kitchen Exhaust Hoods
11351572015/01/28Permit
Air Handling Units,VAV box
11351582015/01/28Permit
Distribution Sys(ductwork)
11351512015/01/28Permit
Kitchen Exhaust Hoods
11351472015/01/28Permit
Boiler-New
11351482015/01/28Permit
Distribution Sys(ductwork)
11351492015/01/28Permit
Cooling Rooftop Unit
11351502015/01/28Permit
Heating Rooftop Unit
11351462015/01/28Permit
Air Handling Units,VAV box
11350332015/01/27Permit
Electrical-Alteration
11324432014/12/24Permit
Fire Suppression r
112468612014/12/20Violation
~~~~~~Perform dry standpipe 1hr hydrostatic test 200psi
2189982014/12/19Recording Application
new recording application
11313162014/12/11Permit
Miscellaneous
11297482014/11/24Permit
Alteration
112069612014/11/24Violation
~~~~~~Permit required~~Basement~~~~Repair or replace the defective~~~~Properly size the~~~~Properly clean, maintain and service the
111764612014/11/05Violation
~~Recording required
11255582014/10/23Permit
Plumbing-Repair
11240892014/10/23Permit
Asbestos Project
11238912014/10/23Permit
Plumbing-Seal/Abandon
2165742014/10/23Recording Application
new recording application
11208692014/08/26Permit
Alteration
109814212014/07/21Violation
EXTERIOR
      South Side
            Replace missing bricks or blocks in exterior wall
            Replace mortar missing exterior wall (tuckpoint)
            Repair or replace defective exterior door
      East Side
            Remove broken window pane and replace
            Repair or replace defective exterior door
EXTERIOR
      Improperly installed electric wiring
      Replace defective trim boards on exterior walls
      Restore exterior wall to a watertight condition
      Remove broken window pane and replace
      Replace missing window panes and putty
      Restore windows to a weathertight condition
      Repair or replace defective exterior door
      Restore exterior door to a weathertight condition
109808712014/07/18Violation
EXTERIOR
      South Side
            Replace defective window sash
7263722014/07/14New Service Request
Litigated order (#10341631, noncompliance, fined $1430, default). Please check this property for code violations and issue appropriate orders.
108676112014/05/13Violation
Permit requiredENTIRERepair or repl defective sanitary building sewer
7185172014/05/08New Service Request
LATERAL LEAKING INTO WE ENERGIES TUNNEL
108208112014/04/18Violation
Provide a performance test report for the rpp bfp
108151112014/04/17Violation
WI REG #13537Provide car emergency operation and signallingProperly maintain emergency in-car telephoneProperly maintain car lightingProperly maintain car top light and outletProperly maintain top of carProperly maintain traction sheaveProvide fire extinguishersProvide pit light and stop switchProvide machine room lightingConduct 5 year safety testEmergency lights must be maintainedFasten elevator escape hatchController wiring, fuses, etc.Door closers must be maintainedKeep written record of oil usage, loss and emptied
7147372014/04/07New Service Request
Litigated order (#10038461, non-compliance, fined $1880). Please check this property for code violations and issue appropriate orders.
7098432014/02/24New Service Request
WINDOW HAD PLEXI GLASS IN IT. THIS MORNING THE WIND BLEW THE WINDOW OUT.
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