Jeramey Jannene
Friday Photos

Rhythm Rises To a New Beat

New apartment building is part of a completely transformed Lower East Side neighborhood.

By - Jul 8th, 2016 04:28 pm

Rhythm rises on the Lower East Side

It’s back to N. Water St. for Friday Photos. Last week we covered the 155-unit fourth phase of The North End, which is quickly rising along the Milwaukee River. This week, we’re featuring The Rhythm apartments, a project situated to the inside of the curve where N. Water St. begins bending into E. Brady St. When complete, the project will add 140 apartments to what was once called the “hole in the doughnut of Downtown.”

The project is being developed by a partnership of Tim Gokhman and Jim Wiechmann. The building will include a mix of studio and one-bedroom units. Rents at The Rhythm will range from $1,200 to $1,600 per month. The building will be managed by New Land Enterprises.

General contracting on the project at 1632 N. Water St. is being led by Catalyst Construction, which has also built the Avante, Latitude, Brewery Point and East Terrace apartment buildings within a couple blocks. The $10 million project is being designed by Kindness Architecture and Planning.

Sidewalk architects will note that this construction site looks a bit different than many others. Because of its seven-story height (five floors of housing atop two floors of parking), the developers opted to go with steel framing. Traditional wood construction methods are restricted to four floors.

When construction began on this project in 2015, the area was often a ghost town. Today it feels like an identifiable, active place. A Bublr Bikes station, coffee shop, grocery store, gym and hundreds more apartments have made the intersection of N. Water St. and E. Pleasant St. a happening area. Just across N. Water St. a new Fresh Thyme Farmers Market grocery store opened in the first floor of the Aperture apartments at The North End. See inside the apartments and read our coverage of the grocery store’s grand opening.

This is far from the only project Gokhman and Wiechmann have underway. The frequent collaborators are finishing up work on Trio Apartments in Walker’s Point (look for a tour inside next week). Wiechmann is in the process of demolishing a building at 1840 N. Farwell Ave. for a 13-story project that Gokhman’s firm New Land will ultimately manage. Gokhman is also conducting due diligence work on two recently acquired buildings along N. Plankinton Ave.


Past Coverage of The Rhythm

7 thoughts on “Friday Photos: Rhythm Rises To a New Beat”

  1. MidnightSon says:

    Guys, every time you write about Rhythm, I start singing Miami Sound Machine! 😛

  2. dudemeister says:

    Sidewalk architects, eh? This is why I never buy anything from the UM store. Also the outdated logo-age.

  3. Jerad says:

    Jeramey, quite question. Do you mean wood framing is only suitable for 4 stories atop whatever concrete base/foundation is built, or 4 stories total? (Confused, as North End IV and other 4+ story buildings have used wood framing)

  4. Jerad says:


  5. @Jerad – My understanding from discussing the issue with Gokhman, is that it’s four contiguous floors in the building. I would have to go look at construction photos, but I assume many buildings use a concrete floor as the base with four floors of wood above.

  6. Jerad says:

    Thanks, Jeramey. Riding my bike home yesterday, I became more puzzled, since the North End phase IV is 5 continuous floors above the concrete poured first floor ceiling. Either way, seems like The Rhythm should be able to withstand a nuclear blast.

  7. Jeramey Jannene says:

    @Jerad – Interesting observation. I’ll follow up. I would guess the rules are a bit more complicated than I was led to believe.

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