Green Development Planned for S. 2nd Street
Kaufmann LeSage, led by Juli Kaufmann, plans to develop a four-story, 30,000 square foot, environmentally-friendly commercial building, located at 538 S. 2nd Street in the Historic Walker’s Point Neighborhood. The project, known as the Clock Shadow Building, will take green development to the next level, going beyond LEED standards.
The design calls for the building to obtain a Living Building certification, which is more difficult to obtain than LEED certification and looks at the building as an organism with a life cycle to manage. To achieve this high level of recognition, the building will be designed to be net-zero energy, carbon neutral, and have zero storm water discharges. The building will incorporate a rooftop urban farm, on-site food composting, on-site water treatment, a greywater system to reduce water usage by 80%, and will capture rainwater with a cistern located under the building. To meet the energy requirements it will utilize daylight harvesting, passive cooling, renewable energy, on-site geothermal, and off-site wind turbines. Materials used to construct the building will include salvaged structural steel from local sites, and all materials will be acquired from within 500 miles of the site. Further, during construction the goal will be to eliminate 95% of construction waste.
The financing of the project is a a collection of environmental and energy grants, tax credit, loans, social investors., and tenant investment. Specifically, the project has been awarded grants from Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District, and a $900,000 Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee brownfield remediation loan. The project was eligible for brownfield funds as the site was a former scrap yard and will require a level of environmental cleanup. The project’s likely tenants, make up 75% of the building’s available space for rent, and include Clock Shadow Creamery, which would make cheese on the first floor of the building, Aurora Walker’s Point Community Clinic, The Healing Center, and CORE El Centro.