Jeramey Jannene
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River House Rising

Massive project will redefine the Milwaukee River and N. Water St.

By - Jun 17th, 2016 05:43 pm
River House. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

River House. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

The former Gallun Tannery site hasn’t looked this active in years. Construction crews are quickly building the first two buildings in the four-building River House apartment complex. The project is being developed by Atlantic Realty Partners on a stretch of N. Water St. just east of the Holton Street Viaduct.

When complete, the project will include 450 rental units spread over four U-shaped buildings. The first phase, with an estimated cost of $47 million, will include 243 units with a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom layouts. Designed by Jim Shields of HGA, the project stands four-stories tall on the N. Water St. side, but six levels high from the river due to the site’s significant sloping. The lower two levels exposed on the river side are for automobile parking, and will be partially hidden by an extension of the Milwaukee RiverWalk.

According to the developer’s website, amenities include “a staffed leasing office with two-story reception, a 24-Hour fitness center, resident lounge, gaming area, cybercafé / library, swimming pool, courtyard, outdoor entertainment cabana, landscaped entertainment / grilling zones, a bocce court, and a mini-amphitheater.”

The Atlanta-based developer is also leading the development of The Reserve at Mayfair, a 236-unit project in Wauwatosa, and another apartment project in Brookfield with 194 apartments. The company previously developed the 231-unit The Reserve at Wauwatosa Village in 2001.

General contracting on the project is being led by Greenfire Management Services. The project is expected to be completed in 2017.



2 thoughts on “Friday Photos: River House Rising”

  1. Paul Miller says:

    “Massive project will redefine the Milwaukee River and N. Water St.”

    I think that’s kind of a lazy subtitle. That area has already been redefined, and this is just another cookie cutter development that looks like all the others. I am glad to see development, of course. It’s better than nothing. But these giant blocks all look more or less the same. They are hulking boxes. And they are aimed primarily at young professionals with good jobs. Again, that’s fine, but it just gets repetitive.

  2. Larry Busateri says:

    Yet another building that blocks a view of the river! In this situation couldn’t the buildings be terraced down the hill to the river? This way the dwellings on water and above could have a shared view of the river. The Milwaukee river is becoming a canal with little green space and a lot of hard scape. I’m excited for all the activity of buildings that’s happening in our beautiful city! I’m critical of how fast buildings are going up with what I see little thoughtful design of buildings and the natural landscape. Thank you Larry.

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