Dave Reid

Six Stories of MIAD Students

Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design releases plans for new residence hall that brings students back to the Third Ward.

By - Dec 21st, 2012 12:42 pm
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The Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD) is working with General Capital Group to bring student housing back to the Historic Third Ward. Students currently reside at The Park at 1824 on the East Side.  This has always been seen as a temporary solution as it requires shuttle buses to transport students between the East Side and school. Prior to this, MIAD’s student dorm had been in the nearby Eisner Building, but school officials say that facility’s shortcomings became a problem for parents.

MIAD intends to require all freshman and sophomores from hometowns more than 45 miles away (about 300 students) to live in the new facility.  They will not be allowed to bring a car to campus.

The new facility is being developed and will be owned by General Capital Group, while MIAD will manage student operations.  The building will be located directly across the street from MIAD’s facility, on Erie St. just east of Water St., and in addition to student housing will include two retail slots, one of which is envisioned as a restaurant with cafe seating.  The designs, by Engberg Anderson, show a six-story building with an artistic wall feature, a glassy first floor, various iconic branding features, and a courtyard located on top of covered parking.

The proposal meets current zoning rules, in regards to height and massing, and has already received approval from the Historic Third Ward Architectural Review Board.  At this point it needs just one more approval, from the Board of Zoning Appeals (BOZA), to allow more than three unrelated persons to live within a dwelling unit, before the project can move forward.  That request will before BOZA early in 2013.

To make way for the new facility, a one-story building will first be demolished. Construction is then expected to take a year, with the facility opening to students in 2014.

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6 thoughts on “Six Stories of MIAD Students”

  1. Chris says:

    Nice density and nice design. The Third Ward gets better every year. It’s hard to find a better example of how a true neighborhood can form through dynamic infill development.

  2. getch says:

    It will be interesting to see if the condo owners behind this building attempt to stop this, since it may block views, etc.

  3. Tyrell Track Master says:

    Very nice! will bring needed life to that area!

  4. Dave Reid says:

    @getch I attend a neighborhood meeting on the project, and yes there were concerns over the view. But the current zoning as well as the area plan call for a building of this scale on this lot. In fact the zoning would allow a taller building. So really the only question is if BOZA will take issue with the more than three unrelated residents per unit, but I have a hard time seeing them turning that down as it is for an educational use.

  5. joe g says:

    I live in the building behind it mentioned above, and eagerly await this development. Ever since the students were moved out of the neighborhood a couple years ago, a certain amount of vitality has been missing from day-to-day life. The students help keep the neighborhood more “real” in certain respects.

  6. John G says:

    Exciting news. Hopefully a nice boost to the Third Ward businesses when complete.

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