The Quin Rises
Laying the foundation for 70 new apartments in Walker's Point
A long vacant lot in Walker’s Point will soon be home to a five-story building. The building, to include 70 apartments and first-floor commercial space, is being developed at the northeast corner of S. 2nd St. and W. Florida St.
The project is the first Milwaukee project for developer Linden Street Partners. It is being designed by local firm Rinka Chung Architecture. Construction of the building is being led by Altius Building Company.
Apartments in the L-shaped building will be a mix of one and two bedroom units. Fifty-six parking spaces are planned in the building. Tenants will find a variety of amenities including an outdoor deck, dog walk, indoor clubhouse and on-site gym. Approximately 1,500 square-feet of commercial space will be included on the building’s first floor, which renderings depict as a coffee shop.
A groundbreaking for the project was held in August. The project, which is scheduled for completion in the second half of 2018, has an estimated cost of $12 million.
The building will be known as “The Quin” after its location in Milwaukee’s former Fifth Ward. The name comes the Latin root (“Quin”) for five, says Scott Richardson, one of two partners (along with Andrew Ganahl) in Linden Street Partners.
Richardson notes the firm was “drawn to site by the good things already happening in the S. 2nd Street corridor and in Walker‘s Point.” The firm’s website states “the project is a textbook example of an infill site, surrounded by beneficial existing uses.” They’re right: the building is within walking distance of the Historic Third Ward and way too many bars, restaurants and businesses to list.
The Quin meets existing zoning for the site allowing the development team to build the project as of right, but city approval was needed for one portion of the project’s design. Earlier this year Rinka Chung Architecture secured Common Council approval for a 99-year airspace lease for a portion of the building’s facade that would hang over the sidewalk.