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Mercy Housing is Planning a Walker’s Point Building

By - Feb 1st, 2011 12:01 pm
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Mercy Housing Lakefront’s Walker’s Point Project – Preliminary Rendering by Korb Tredo Architects

Mercy Housing Lakefront is proposing a five-story apartment building, which would be located at the Southeast corner of 1st St. and Pittsburgh Ave. in Walker’s Point.  This 55 unit apartment building is intended to serve independent adults 55 and older with incomes ranging between 30% and 60% of the area median income.  The units will be one and two-bedroom apartments, 31 of which will be one-bedroom units, with the remaining 24 as two-bedroom units. The units will have rents as low as $400 per month and high as $960 per month for a two bedroom.

Similar to the other Mercy projects, the building will contain amenities and services for the tenants as well as green features.  The project will include a green roof, above the parking garage, with access for tenants to use as a public space, solar panels for heating water, and may obtain LEED certification.  The first floor will include visible uses such as workout rooms, possibly an open space for an art gallery or a salon/barbershop, and community rooms.

If Mercy Housing Lakefront is successful in gaining tax credits for the project construction would begin in late summer or early fall 2011.


10 thoughts on “Mercy Housing is Planning a Walker’s Point Building”

  1. Chris says:

    Korb Tredo can do much better than this design. Looks like pieces from the Eastside project cut and pasted on to a new site.

    How about some attention to the street-level? It’s devoid of life even in the rendering. Imagine the real thing!

  2. Peter says:

    Very cool.

  3. Exciting potential here, would be even better if they could get rid of the turn lane from 1st to Pitt. Would help define this intersection in an urban manner. I was dissapointed when they rebuilt it last year. I would liked to have seen a more urban design mindset anticipating future development for this sight… instead of just bowing to the almighty vehicle.

  4. alex says:

    looks awesome. maybe adding some color

  5. Dave Reid says:

    @Jeremy Hackbart Yes I would have loved for that turn lane to be removed (one lane was removed), but apparently DPW wouldn’t go for it….

  6. Chris says:

    Agreed Jeremy, that would have been great. Overall the rebuild of 1st and Pittsburgh was very disappointing. Many had worked hard to come up with a much greener design only to see it mostly ignored when shovels met pavement.

    I like the added density and living units this project would provide.

  7. Dave Reid says:

    @Chris Yeah what DPW implemented for the rebuild, just doesn’t match the plan… very unfortunate.

  8. MilwaukeeD says:

    The right turn lane did get much smaller, however, it is a state highway (1st to Pittsburgh to Milwaukee) and a truck route, thus the apparent need to leave a bypass there.

  9. Dave Reid says:

    @MilwaukeeD I heard about the truck traffic thing, as the reasoning, I was curious where this traffic is going

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