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The Greenest Ever and Going Up

Sage on Jackson would be the greenest multi-family structure in Wisconsin and Illinois.

By - Mar 28th, 2014 03:32 pm
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Over at 1509 N. Jackson St., Dominion Properties’ green apartment building, known as Sage on Jackson, is nearing completion, and when it’s done it might in fact become the “greenest building ever built of its kind in the City of Milwaukee.”

Mike O’Connor, Chairman and Founder of Dominion, writes in a message to Urban Milwaukee, “We are in the midst of building the greenest apartment building ever built in (this state). We are expecting a LEED certification of platinum.” That, he notes, would be the highest rating ever for a market rate multifamily structure in both Wisconsin and Illinois.

The green features on this project are extensive and include a 20kW solar array, green roof, rainwater cistern, geothermal wells to provide heating and cooling, permeable cement, 2×8 walls which provide for better insulation, LED lighting, and charging hookups for electric cars.

When finished, the building will have 20 market-rate residential units with 30 parking spots.

Occupancy of the penthouse and upper floors should start in late June or early July, with full occupancy starting in September.

Second Sage Project

Sage on Jackson might quickly lose its ranking as Milwaukee’s greenest multifamily building ever built, because Dominion is expanding their “Sage” brand, which means according to O’Connor, “smart green living,” to a second project, Sage on the Lake.

This green multifamily apartment building would be built adjacent to the Goll Mansion at 1550 N. Prospect Ave. Sean Ryan, of the Business Journal, recently reported that, “Dominion Properties in Milwaukee bought a stake in the historic Goll House on North Prospect Avenue and plans to restore the mansion and build an up to 10-story environmentally friendly building with up to 60 apartments next to it.” O’Connor indicated in an email to Urban Milwaukee that his company is still working on the design of Sage on the Lake, but that it would be “complementary to the Goll Mansion, a tasteful addition to the skyline of Milwaukee’s ‘gold cost’, and financially viable.” And it would have many green features.

Asked if the Milwaukee Streetcar project played a role in selecting this site for the next Sage project, O’Connor responded, “The street car project (if it is approved) would be a welcome green feature for the city… I think the streetcar is a great thing for reducing carbon, parking, car production, etc…I hope that they do get it built.”

In 2008 New Land Enterprises had planned to build a 26-story condominium project, Transera, on the Goll Mansion property and rehab the Goll Mansion to serve as the entrance to the new building. This project never broke ground and later New Land lost the property to Associated Bank.

Our photos show Sage on Jackson progressing towards completion.

Sage on Jackson Photo Gallery

4 thoughts on “Friday Photos: The Greenest Ever and Going Up”

  1. Kevin says:

    >20 market-rate residential units with 30 parking spots.

    That seems like a lot of parking. Given the neighborhood I can’t imagine them averaging 1.5 cars per unit. Not to mention people who prefer to park on the street instead of paying for parking. Is it because of parking minimums? I can’t imagine the law in Milwaukee would be _that_ absurd.

    If it is because Milwaukee mandates that urbanmilwaukee should start to pay more attention to _why_ developers build as much parking as they do in certain developments. If a developer believes that their development is more likely to succeed with extra parking that’s fine; but if the city is requiring someone to build more parking than they know they need urbanmilwaukee should use their position to point it out and work for reform.

    Overly high parking minimums waste space, increase building costs and decrease the number of units available in a neighborhood, pushing up rents. Milwaukee should be trying to encourage more development in the neighborhoods, not less.

    If Dominion Properties is above the minimum parking requirements I have no problem with them doing so but I do want to include a snide remark about a “green” building which assumes more than one car per unit…

  2. Dave Reid says:

    @Kevin I’d have to go back and check, but I do believe the neighborhood pushed for more parking (as they unfortunately usually do). But yes so much parking does take away from its green mission.

  3. Grant says:

    Hi all, does someone know how many units this building has?

    The article isn’t clear whether it has a total 20 units or 20 market rate units and some subsidized. I’m guessing the former.

  4. Dave Reid says:

    @Grant Sage on Jackson will have 20 market rate units.

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