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Milwaukee’s Tallest Apartment Building Tops Off

NM's 34-floor tower has ceremonial tree lifted to roof to celebrate.

By - Dec 22nd, 2017 06:09 pm
7Seventy7 Construction. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

7Seventy7 Construction. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Milwaukee’s tallest apartment building has reached its peak height. A ceremonial fake tree was lifted to the top of Northwestern Mutual’s 34-floor 7Seventy7 to celebrate placing the top piece of steel in the building.

When complete, the $100 million project will rise 34 floors and include 322 high-end apartments, 1,400 parking spaces and extensive first-floor commercial space. The project is slated to open to residents in Summer 2018.

The tower, which includes 14 penthouse apartments on the upper floors, will include “a 9th floor rooftop swimming pool, an outdoor fire pit, an indoor golf simulator, a large fitness center and an amenities room on the 34th floor,” according to a release by the company. The apartments will be located on the upper 25 floors in the building with tenants parking in underground levels of the garage.

Apartments will be a mix of one, two and three bedroom units.

The huge number of parking spaces in the building is needed to accommodate the company’s new 32-floor Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons project. The 1.1-million-square-foot office complex includes no significant parking component. It opened on August 21st (see inside).

The apartment tower and parking garage are being designed by Chicago-based Solomon Cordwell Buenz. CD Smith is leading the general contracting. Magnusson Klemencic Associates is providing structural engineering services for the project.

Northwestern Mutual acquired and demolished a number of buildings on the block over many years to assemble the site, including The Vermont Apartments and Hollitz Building as well as buildings at 604 E. Mason St.624 E. Mason St.771 N. Van Buren St. and 795 N. Van Buren St.

You can watch the building rise by viewing our coverage from this year (November, October, JulyMay and March) and November 2016.

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4 thoughts on “Friday Photos: Milwaukee’s Tallest Apartment Building Tops Off”

  1. Troll says:

    Would this building ever been built without Milwaukee County government denying Northwestern Mutual a contract to upgrade Odonnel park’s parking facilities. Who will park at Odonnel now? Silly county supervisors.

  2. Dudemeister says:

    This building tops my list of 2017’s most skyline-altering buildings. Really effective impact from the north-south views of our city. And an attractive tower, to boot.

    Hoping for a few more skyscrapers that aren’t right along the lakefront (way to go, BMO!)

    Happy holidays, by the way.

  3. BackwaterMKE says:

    I would buy one of these apartments, but the issue for downtown and the third ward is having a decent grocery store close by that one can bike or walk too. The “Public Market” is nice, but it is not a grocery store. A grocery store rising where one of the surface level parking lots is south of downtown and north of the Public Market would be a real magnet. Other big city neighborhoods (look to Chicago folks) feature buildings of this sort with a buy in from say Whole Foods or Sendik’s who puts a full service grocery on the first floor.

  4. Jeramey Jannene says:

    @BackwaterMKE – There is a Metro Market grocery store just a few blocks from this site. A Pick ‘n Save and a Fresh Thyme are also fairly close. East Town has a number of grocery store.

    I agree that the lack of a Third Ward or Westown grocery store holds those areas back from reaching their full potential.

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