The Growing City
Updates on three new developments. Plus: a photographic tour of the Ward hall.
It would be the first mixed-use residential building to be constructed in the footprint of the former Park East freeway spur.
Wangard Partners appears to be ready to break ground on such a project. The building, formerly know as Park East Square, is according to an article by Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel, now called Avenir and will break ground on Monday. Stewart Wangard told Daykin that “its location near a stop for Milwaukee’s proposed streetcar, and the continued growth of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co., are among the factors that will help the development attract renters.” The $20.7 million first phase of this project will include 104 apartments and 7,000 square-feet of first floor retail. This week a VJS Construction Services construction trailer arrived on site, indicating work could begin soon; Wangard had promised the project would break ground “before the snow flies.” A request to Wangard Partners for further information went unanswered.
This is the second time since the freeway came down that a developer seemed poised to break ground on this site. Back in April, 2008 RSC & Associates put up a construction fence on the site, bounded by N. Milwaukee St., N. Jefferson St., E Lyon St. and E. Ogden Ave., but the project never broke ground.
Michael Horne recently reported that construction of Sage on Jackson, 1509 N. Jackson St., had recently begun after a year-long delay. Michael O’Connor of Dominion Properties LLC explained to Urban Milwaukee in an email that the delay “was due to the new technology in the building,” but despite the delay the “green features were not lost…or diminished or diluted.” The 5-story, 20-unit, residential building will include a long list of green features: a 20KW solar array on the roof, a green roof, a 5,000 gallon cistern for capturing rainwater, 18 geothermal wells, LED lighting, locally sourced hardwoods, and certified sustainably harvested wood to be used in the framing of the building. Dominion Properties intends to pre-lease these units, which are planned to open in the summer of 2014.
Two homes on Oakland Ave., just north of the former Pizza Man site on North Ave., have been demolished in preparation for construction of a 4-story, 39-unit, mixed-use building. The new building will be built on the lot at the corner of Oakland and North avenues, addressed by the city as 2310 N. Oakland Ave., and the land the two homes sat on. With work already starting, the project developer, Joseph Property Development, appears confident it will receive design approval from the East Side Architectural Review Board. The project goes before the ARB again this Thursday after being held for improvements at two other meetings.
Updated Renderings of Oakland and North Project
Ward Memorial Theater Tour
Recently I got a quick tour and status update of the Ward Memorial Hall. Built in 1881 the Ward Memorial Hall is a part of the National Soldiers Home National Historic Landmark District, but much like another building on the campus, Old Main, had fallen into disrepair.
The roof on “Old Main” had failed and opened the interior of the building to the elements. The roof on Old Main was stabilized first and now roof of the Ward Memorial Hall has also been stabilized. The renovation of the Ward Memorial Hall is in its early stages but the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center is now working towards saving this important part of our history.
- Another week, another Help Wanted ad. Are you good with numbers? If so Walnut Way is looking to hire a part-time accountant.
- A great way to support a healthy future is coming up soon. You can join with children from all over the world in walking and biking to school in celebration of International Walk to School Day, Wednesday October 9th. More information is available by clicking here.
- Apparently the restaurant / bar 8-Twelve, formerly owned by House Confidential honoree Ryan Braun and Aaron Rodgers, won’t become a juice bar. Guess I was wrong on that one.