Jeramey Jannene
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Booming Bay View

Three projects will reshape the north end of the neighborhood.

By - Apr 28th, 2017 05:31 pm
Construction of the Vue Apartments in Bay View. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Construction of the Vue Apartments in Bay View. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Bay View is booming, as illustrated by two ongoing projects and a third that may be in the offing.

The Vue Apartments building is climbing higher. Max Dermond and his firm, Dermond Property Investments are developing the project, which will include 69 apartments and 2,600 square-feet of commercial space.

The five-story building will consist primarily of one-bedroom apartments. The triangular building is being developed at 2202 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., the southeast corner of S. Kinnickinnic Ave. and E. Ward St.

E. Ward St. is serving as a staging area for the construction crew and has been closed for a number of months.

The $9.5 million project is being designed by Joel Agacki of Striegel-Agacki Studio. Catalyst Construction is serving as the project’s general contractor.

The project was originally approved in September 2015 and is subject to a Detailed Plan Development zoning variance that governs its design. Preparing the site included the demolition of two joined buildings long occupied by Faust Music along S. Kinnickinnic Ave. The oldest of the two buildings dated to 1882 according to city records, but was deemed to be beyond salvage.

The building’s design was revised to be more traditional following a series of neighborhood meetings led by area alderman Tony Zielinski.

The development will include 73 parking stalls located underground and on the first floor. Those floors are built from concrete, while the floors rising above will be wood-framed.

Dermond acquired a 22-stall, city-owned parking lot to create the eastern portion of the site. Under the terms of acquisition, the developer was required to build a new 13-stall parking lot just northeast of the building at an estimated cost of $200,000. That parking lot is now open.




Vue isn’t the only project in the area. A large apartment complex just two blocks west is quickly nearly completion. The complex, known as Stitchweld, will include 288 units spread over four buildings ranging in height from four to five floors. The first building opened to residents this month. For more information on that project, see our March coverage of the project.

Hamburger Mary’s Apartments

Could another apartment building be coming to the area? The one-story, suburban-style building at 2130 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. has been vacant since Hamburger Mary’s relocated to Walker’s Point. Owned by an affiliate of Phoenix Investors, the small building sits on a large lot on a primary corner. Ald. Zielinski recently posted on Facebook that a community meeting regarding a proposed development is forthcoming. Expect more on that next week.

7 thoughts on “Friday Photos: Booming Bay View”

  1. Ted Chisholm says:

    Curious to see how hot the demand is for these. Obviously these aren’t as high-end as Winograd’s stuff, but things are starting to look a bit oversaturated.

  2. Casey says:

    The Hamburger Mary’s property : would be nice to see a mixed use of 1st floor retail and above floor office space.

    BV is great but just about everyone has to leave to work. Would make the neighborhood much more walkable if jobs began to set up here.

  3. MollyO says:

    This area is getting overcrowded, just like the east side.
    They sold off a city owned parking lot to put up this apartment bldg.
    There is no parking here and it’s a pain to go the businesses here.

  4. Dave Reid says:

    @MollyO Yes the city sold a parking lot, but then for better or worse they did in fact create a new surface parking lot. It’s funny how a “overcrowded” neighborhoods are just such desirable places to live, work and play. Yes, density is a big part of what makes these neighborhoods great.

  5. Erick says:

    Everything is so relative… Milwaukee is so incredible easy to navigate compared to the most desirable dynamic neighborhoods in Chicago where I lived for a time before being back in Bay View. Us Wisconsinites are absolutely absurd in our car centric sense of entitlement to have no-effort parking. I adore Bay View for it’s density and walkability. I’m hugely disappointed with the aesthetics of these new condos but density is a wonderful thing when done well.

  6. sharon pendleton says:

    Do hope that this wood-framed building will NOT be sheathed in EIFS – as Kansas City recently had a six story apartment complex not only burn to the ground, but sent embers into nearby homes and twenty-six were set afire. Just look along the adjacent streetscape of KK and see the potential for a disaster.

  7. Tim says:

    Sharon, the buildings that burned in the large Overland Park, KS fire (Kansas City, MO suburb) were still under construction, there wasn’t any siding or EIFS applied. I don’t see how that has to do with this development.

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