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