Building Info

  • Address:
    611 W. National Ave.
  • Taxkey:
  • Status:
  • Assessment:
    $1,948,000 (2014)
  • Year Built:
  • Size:
    76,350 sq-ft

The Mercantile Lofts is a 36-unit apartment building in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point neighborhood. The building was converted to apartments from offices, a project that was completed in July of 2016.

The building was converted to 36 apartments by a partnership of Keystone Development and Alliance Development known as Northpointe Holdings. Northpointe purchased the building from the city for $1.3 million and invested $6 million in a renovation.

The conversion left the first floor as commercial space with the three floors above being converted two- and three-bedroom apartments.

The building was formerly known as The International Building.

The building was formerly home to Esperanza Unida Inc., a non-profit group that provides job training. The building was seized via foreclosure by the City of Milwaukee in December 2014 for unpaid property properties. The organization owed $231,561 in unpaid taxes.

The building features an iconic mural “Mural of Peace” by Reynaldo Hernandez that is visible from Interstate 43/94 for northbound drivers.

According to a December 2014 report by Tom Daykin…

Esperanza Unida’s financial problems are the result of “toxic debt” tied to loans made against the building in 1994 without authorization from the Economic Development Administration, said Manny Perez, the group’s executive director.

Esperanza Unida is working closely with the City of Milwaukee to resolve the matter, with the goal of selling the building so the creditors are paid, Perez said Tuesday.

The U.S. Economic Development Administration provided a $712,800 grant in 1994 to assist in paying for a $1.06 million renovation of the building’s lower two floors.

The building was originally completed in 1900 according to city records.

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IDDateTypeDescription
ENF-2017-208412017/07/20New Service Request
DNS Activity:Defective Wiring, Outlets Or Fixtures| Black metal bench on Southwest corner damaged. Needs to be removed and replaced. Can trash can be replaced with matching metal can as in other areas? entered address: 611 W NATIONAL AV.
ENF-2017-076082017/03/22New Service Request
DNS Activity:Please conduct BPIP inspection for case #BZZA-12-0032043-H, for Health Clinic.
ENF-2016-068532016/12/16New Service Request
DNS Activity:Please conduct BPIP inspection for case #BZZA-15-0034007-H, for Multi-Family Dwelling.
ELEC-16-004972016/10/25Permit
Electrical Permit.
PLB-16-003012016/10/25Permit
Building Plumbing Permit.
HVAC-GEN-16-002942016/10/25Permit
HVAC General Permit.
HVAC-GEN-16-001872016/10/25Permit
HVAC General Permit.
11909962016/09/23Permit
Alteration
8148932016/09/23New Service Request
graffiti on west side by alley
11888052016/08/30Permit
Fire Suppression
8116502016/08/30New Service Request
Food truck parking in one spot from 3pm to 3am.
8081172016/08/05New Service Request
construction not completed yet business (ACC mgmt) is open, no occupancy permit
121996112016/07/29Violation

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~~~~Sprinkler permit required
~~~~Properly install sprinkler system
121996512016/07/29Violation

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~~~~Sprinkler permit required
~~~~Properly install sprinkler system
11848852016/07/20Permit
Occupancy
11848002016/07/20Permit
Sign-On Premise
11835272016/07/06Permit
Occupancy
11816212016/06/16Permit
Elevator-Remod Passenger
11811142016/06/11Permit
Electrical-New
7962682016/05/05New Service Request
Please conduct BPIP inspectin for case #33695, for assembly hall
120080712016/03/24Violation

~~WI REG #21372
~~~~Test hydraulic cylinder annually and repl if leak
~~~~ASME A17.1, Rule 8.11.3.4 Perform category five test as required by the State of Wisconsin. / 222-01 /SPS 318.1003 /
~~~~The landlord shall keep in reasonable state of repair portions of the premises over which the landlord maintains control and all equipment under the landlord's control necessary to supply services which the landlord has expressly or impliedly agreed to furnish to the tenant, such as heat, water, elevator or air conditioning. REPAIR ELEVATOR TO FULLY OPERATIONAL AND SAFE WORKING CONDITION. / 200-20a-1 /
~~WI REG #21374
~~~~Test hydraulic cylinder annually and repl if leak
~~~~ASME A17.1, Rule 8.11.3.4 Perform category five test as required by the State of Wisconsin. / 222-01 /SPS 318.1003 /
~~~~The landlord shall keep in reasonable state of repair portions of the premises over which the landlord maintains control and all equipment under the landlord's control necessary to supply services which the landlord has expressly or impliedly agreed to furnish to the tenant, such as heat, water, elevator or air conditioning. REPAIR ELEVATOR TO FULLY OPERATIONAL AND SAFE WORKING CONDITION. / 200-20a-1 /
~~WI REG #21373
~~~~Test hydraulic cylinder annually and repl if leak
~~~~ASME A17.1, Rule 8.11.3.4 Perform category five test as required by the State of Wisconsin. / 222-01 /SPS 318.1003 /
11729092016/03/18Permit
Occupancy
11726682016/03/16Permit
Fire Alarm-New Install
11712012016/03/01Permit
Fire Suppression r
11703632016/02/18Permit
Occupancy
119503712016/02/17Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
~~Mount fire extinguishers properly
~~Obtain occupancy certificate
7877672016/02/16New Service Request
Illegal occupancy
7866392016/02/02New Service Request
BOZA CASE #33194 HAS EXPIRED FOR DAY CARE CENTER
11687122016/01/29Permit
Electrical-Alteration
11669382016/01/08Permit
Distribution Sys(ductwork)
11669392016/01/08Permit
Gas Furnace
11669402016/01/08Permit
Cooling Rooftop Unit
11669412016/01/08Permit
Heating Rooftop Unit
11669372016/01/08Permit
Air Conditioning
11650392015/12/11Permit
Plumbing-New
11611142015/10/30Permit
Occupancy
7773162015/10/20New Service Request
Please conduct BPIP inspection for Case #33194, for Day Care
7761622015/10/08New Service Request
Boza will expire for Day Care Center
11578812015/09/29Permit
Alteration
116552112015/08/22Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
~~Maintain fire safety and/or evacuation plan
11541122015/08/19Permit
Zoning Certificate
114334212015/04/16Violation
~~The aggregate area of all temporary signs in a window shall not exceed 25% of the area of the glazed portion of the window. <<<<>>>> / 295-407-3-b-8-a /~~Portable signs, temporary banner signs, and signs not part of an approved master sign program are all prohibited signs. <<<<>>>> / 295-407-9 /~~No person shall erect, construct, enlarge, move, relocate, or maintain any sign or billboard regulated in this chapter or Ch. 295 without first obtaining a permit¿<<<<>>>> / 244-2 /
2222502015/03/31Recording Application
new recording application
113935512015/03/26Violation
CONDITIONS REQUIRING BUILDING TO BE PLACARDED:
113216812015/02/13Violation
~~WIS REG #21373~~~~Maintain hoistway and pit~~~~Test hydraulic cylinder annually and repl if leak~~~~ASME A17.1, Rule 8.11.3.2.3 Perform annual category one test as required by the State of Wisconsin. / 222-01 /SPS 318.1003 /~~WIS REG #21374~~~~Maintain hoistway and pit~~~~Test hydraulic cylinder annually and repl if leak~~~~ASME A17.1, Rule 8.11.3.2.3 Perform annual category one test as required by the State of Wisconsin. / 222-01 /SPS 318.1003 /
112861512015/01/24Violation
7468792015/01/17New Service Request
ELEVATORS ARE BROKEN
112644812015/01/13Violation
~~WIS REG #21374~~~~The landlord shall keep in reasonable state of repair portions of the premises over which the landlord maintains control and all equipment under the landlord's control necessary to supply services which the landlord has expressly or impliedly agreed to furnish to the tenant, such as heat, water, elevator or air conditioning. (Repair elevator to fully operational and safe working condition.) / 222-20a-1 /~~WIS REG #21372~~~~222.01, SPS318.1708(6)(b) Periodic inspection and test frequency. Substitute the following working for the requirements in ASME A 17.1 section 8.11.1.3:1. Periodic inspections shall be made at intervals not longer than one year. (CONTACT INSPECTOR TO SCHEDULE PERIODIC ELEVATOR INSPECTION.) / 222-01 /SPS318.1708(6)(b) /
112626912015/01/08Violation
~~Electrical permit required~~Provide support for AC~~Replace flex cords with fixed wiring~~Remove flex cords run through holes~~Support conduit~~VIOLATIONS FOUND IN STAFFING PARTNERS UNIT / NOTE /
7457942015/01/03New Service Request
Two elevators in this building in bad condition. One not working and the other shakes and feels dangerous.
112487312014/12/23Violation
~~~~~~Sprinkler permit required~~~~~~Install sprinklers below suspended ceilings
112488012014/12/23Violation
~~~~~~Repair sprinkler to working condition
7448432014/12/19New Service Request
Litigated order (#10937771, 10973631 noncompliance, fined $580, default). Please check this property for code violations and issue appropriate orders.
11318382014/12/17Permit
Occupancy
11305512014/12/04Permit
Sign-On Premise
11211632014/08/28Permit
Temporary Occupancy
11172262014/07/22Permit
Electrical-Repair
11169962014/07/18Permit
Distribution Sys(ductwork)
109736312014/07/17Violation
Sprinkler permit requiredInstall sprinklers below suspended ceilings
11168272014/07/17Permit
Occupancy
109681312014/07/15Violation
Provide mechanical ventilation262-01. Adoption of State and International Building Codes. The city..adopts ch. SPS 362, Wis. Adm. Code, as amended, and .. ch. 9, s. 907.1.1, International Building Code, as part of this code. / 262-01 /
11164582014/07/14Permit
Occupancy
11162852014/07/11Permit
Occupancy
11160862014/07/10Permit
Electrical-Repair
109401812014/07/02Violation
IBC 1008.1.9.10 Stairway doors. Interior stairwaymeans of egress doors shall be openable from both sides without the use.. of a key or special knowledge or effort. {B}PROVIDE PROPER EXIT HARDWARE TO WEST STAIR TOWER, BASEMENT{N} / IBC 1008.1.9.10 /IFC 703.1 Maintenance. The required fire-resistance rating of fire-resistance-rated construction (including walls, firestops, shaft enclosures, partitions, smoke barriers, floors, fire-resistive coatings and sprayed fire-resistant materials applied to structural members and fire-resistant joint systems) shall be maintained. Such elements shall be visually inspected by the owner annually and properly repaired, restored or replaced when damaged, altered, breached or penetrated. Where concealed, such elements shall not be required to be visually inspected by the ownerunless the concealed space is accessible by the removal or movement of a panel, access door, ceiling tile or similar movable entry to the space. Openings made therein for the passage of pipes, electrical conduit, wires, ducts, air transfer openings and holes made for any reason shall be protected with approved methods capable of resisting the passage of smoke and fire. Openings through fire-resistance-rated assemblies shall be protected by self- or automatic-closing doors of approved construction meeting the fire ==Truncated==
109456412014/06/27Violation
Restore building or dwelling unit to sanitary condEXTERIORRepair leaks in roof and restore a watertight cond
11146512014/06/24Permit
Occupancy
7239042014/06/24New Service Request
Concern for possible mold on 4th floor offices towards the west face of the building. Complainant states hot , humid, and stinky conditions causing mold above tiles and in offices of Bridgeport Health clinic.
109377712014/06/23Violation
Sprinkler permit requiredRepair sprinkler to working condition
109373712014/06/23Violation
CONDITIONS REQUIRING BUILDING TO BE PLACARDED:
109375512014/06/23Violation
Vacate premises until get occupancy or zoning cert
109185612014/06/13Violation
Maintain Chemical Fire Suppression System(s)
109235512014/06/13Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Exit signs shall be illuminated
      Restore fire alarm system to operating condition
11129472014/06/09Permit
Zoning Certificate
11125612014/06/04Permit
Zoning Certificate
11121222014/06/02Permit
Occupancy
11112212014/05/29Permit
Occupancy
11112102014/05/29Permit
Occupancy
11114082014/05/23Permit
Occupancy
7197792014/05/21New Service Request
Illegal use in basement Zumba class
11102542014/05/13Permit
Occupancy
11101862014/05/13Permit
Electrical-Alteration
11098812014/05/09Permit
Air Conditioning
108493212014/05/02Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
108489312014/05/02Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
108490212014/05/02Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
108460112014/05/01Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
108461012014/05/01Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
108479912014/05/01Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Post occupancy certificate
108480212014/05/01Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
108479312014/05/01Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
108479012014/05/01Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
108477712014/05/01Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
108446212014/04/30Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
108446412014/04/30Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
108442812014/04/30Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
108447012014/04/30Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
108447512014/04/30Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Obtain occupancy or zoning certificate
11084212014/04/29Permit
Occupancy
108074612014/04/11Violation
FIRE PREVENTION
      Post occupancy certificate
      Test monitored fire alarm system annually
107991212014/04/08Violation
Maintenance
7141852014/04/02New Service Request
Viva medical clinic has exceeded occupancy has exceeded space in units 401 & 402. Baleria possibly moving and new business "BRIDGE" moving in. Inspect ALL occupancies and spaces in building.
107295612014/03/17Violation
Schedule appt for safety insp & renew certificate
107295712014/03/17Violation
Schedule appt for safety insp & renew certificate
11008582014/02/07Permit
Electrical-Repair
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