Dave Reid

87 Units Along the River

The details and renderings for a proposed, four-story building along the Milwaukee River designed by Eppstein Uhen.

By - Jan 21st, 2013 10:10 am
Location of Proposal

Location of Proposal

HSI Properties LLC will be presenting their plan to develop a four-story, market-rate apartment building before the City Plan Commission on January 28th, 2013. Adding a little symmetry to the 87 unit development is that it will be located at 1887 N. Water St., just west of Humboldt and on the east side of the Milwaukee River.

As the site is currently zoned IL2, which does not allow for the development of multi-family housing, HSI is requesting a change in zoning to a Detailed Planned Development. The building is being designed by Eppstein Uhen Architects. It will replace an existing one-story metal industrial building and parking lot.  The 87-units will consist of 21 studio, 38 one bedroom, 10 one bedroom with a den, and 18 two-bedroom apartments, and the building will have 97 underground parking spaces, 1.11 parking spaces per unit.

The project will include a new Riverwalk segment that will connect to the Riverbridge segment.  Additionally, the designs include three potential solutions (these options are labeled Riverwalk Option A – B in the images below) for the design of the Riverwalk connection to the southwest of the building. This area creates a challenge for the development of the next portion of the Riverwalk as it includes multiple manholes that the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewage District requires access to, making it unbuildable.

Along the Riverwalk the building creates a courtyard allowing for views up and down the river.  This courtyard will be set above the public Riverwalk segment to create a level of privacy for the complex’s swimming pool and outdoor courtyard.

If the project receives a recommendation for approval from the City Plan Commission it will be heard at the following Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee meeting.

Project Renderings


Categories: Real Estate

7 thoughts on “87 Units Along the River”

  1. Frank says:

    Apparently good architecture is a dying art form. Some might say that it is dead in the water.

  2. Deborah says:

    I agree. Not a very attractive building. Is’nt there an arts and design committee ?

  3. Dave Reid says:

    @Deborah An arts and design committee? No. A couple areas in the city have an Architectural Review Board, but not this street.

  4. D says:

    I don’t think it’s an ugly building at all. It looks like most newer residental buildings in the area. I don’t care so much about design at this location as I do density.

  5. Chris says:

    This is far from a bad design. What it is is a somewhat tired material palette and facade treatment. The massing works quite well and the pool deck will be a great amenity (hope it gets good sun though). I’d love to see the envelope pushed here, but I can’t complain about a quality infill project like this.

  6. Mr. Michael Horne says:

    Option “C” is the only way to go for the Riverwalk.

  7. Billy says:

    I actually love this proposal, and agree option C is best

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