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The North End Grows Yet Again

Phase four of project will have 155 apartments on six floors. But no name as yet.

By - Jul 1st, 2016 04:04 pm
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The North End - Phase IV Construction

The North End – Phase IV Construction

Just a few weeks after a ceremonial keg tapping took place to mark the opening of a new grocery store at the complex, The North End is seeing the rapid rise of the project’s fourth phase.

When complete, the fourth phase of the Mandel Group‘s project will include 155 apartments spread over six-floors. Residents of the privately-financed project at 1501 N. Water St. will enjoy the first swimming pool built in downtown Milwaukee in quite some time.

Indoor parking will be hidden by common areas and rental units that will wrap building’s first-floor, consistent with the design of the adjacent Silhouette building. In addition, a new segment of the Milwaukee RiverWalk will run the length of the site.

Construction on the project started in January and is anticipated to be completed in mid-2017. Design work on the project is being led by Eric Ponto of Engberg Anderson. Project financing is being provided by Associated Bank and Johnson Bank.

Ray Hintz Inc. is serving as the general contractor in the project, having also completed the second and third phases for Mandel.

A fifth phase, planned for a former parking lot on the east side of N. Water St., will include 90 rental units in a six-story building. Neither of the final two phases include any commercial space.

Mandel has yet to reveal a name for the building, but when complete it will join ONE, Portrait, Silhouette and Aperture. Your guess is as good as mine, or maybe better.

From Tannery to Neighborhood

The Mandel Group’s “neighborhood by design” is increasingly living up to its tagline. Less than eight years ago, the site was a vacant Pfister & Vogel tannery. It now includes four apartment buildings with a Fresh Thyme Farmers Market grocery store, Anytime Fitness gym, a pocket park (Denim Park), and other commercial tenants. The fourth phase will bridge the gap on the southern edge of the project, further connecting the wave of new construction on N. Water St. with Downtown to the south.

A critical mass of residents is also filling the area, contributing to the increase in activity. The North End today has 406 units. The Flatiron condominiums is located across N. Water St. and includes 38 units.  Also, just one block up the hill from The North End four projects have added a number of residents in the past two years, Avenir (104 units), Avante Apartments (34 units), Sage on Jackson (20 units), and East Terrace Apartments (14 units). Soon to join the growing neighborhood, Tim Gokhman‘s 140-unit The Rhythm apartment building is under construction across the street from The North End’s Aperture building.

Immediately south of The North End’s fourth phase, Wangard Partners is redeveloping the former Laacke & Joys buildings into a 114,830 square-foot office building at 1433 N. Water St. That project includes a mix of demolition, new construction and adaptive reuse. Work on the project’s foundation was underway on the site today. Bader Rutter has been announced as an anchor tenant for the development, leasing 60,000 square-feet for 220 employees.

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