Downtown’s Hot But Cooling Off?
And bad news for city on mortgage foreclosures.
Housing developments, specifically apartments, have been a defining trend for Milwaukee developers in recent years. With the exception of some massive projects like the Bucks Arena, and the Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, many of the cranes in the city have been lifting the building blocks of apartments through the air.
The downtown area continues to see projects underway and those planned for the near future that will add to its housing stock. And with the announcement that The Couture is set to break ground in Fall 2018, the cranes will be in Milwaukee’s future for some time.
Okay, back to housing. There’s been a lot, and with projects like The Couture and 1550, there is going to be quite a bit more. I’ve written here about the murmurs starting to issue from the real estate world as to whether the downtown market needs or will support more housing in the form of apartments, as have other reporters in town.
Jannene reported that Marcoux is not worried about this though he admitted seeing, “some signs the market is softening.” But Marcoux nonetheless had no worries about The Couture and its marriage to the lakefront line of the streetcar, and whether it will repay the city’s TIF grant as projected, because its such a unique project, the story noted.
Perhaps I’m starting to beat a dead horse in this column, on the issue of whether the downtown housing market is slowing down. But it has been red hot for quite some time. And if it cools, how will that affect the dreams of local leaders in this city who hope to spread that heat to other parts of the city? For today, we’re just asking, not answering the question.
The Couture renderings:
Walker’s Point Still Going Strong
An old Milwaukee warehouse, over a century old to be a bit more exact, will likely become new apartments in Walker’s Point.
So, more apartments for that booming neighborhood. Speaking of spreading the heat.
The building was originally envisioned as more office space for the Global Water Center, Tom Daykin reported. But after the developers failed to secure enough tenants they are instead opting for apartments.
Foreclosures in the city are up 21 percent in the first quarter of 2018, according to a study by ATTOM Data Solution, which is based in California and analyzes real estate date from around the country.
Except that it’s sort of old news. Because most of these foreclosures are from mortgages date back to the years between 2005 and 2008, during the great Recession and and lead up to it. So look at that, a decade on and the mortgage crisis is still kicking this city in the keister.
State offices and Crime Lab Update
It’s looking like Greenfield might be the home of the new crime lab and state office building.
Daykin of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Jane Ford-Stewart with Now News Group (an affiliate of the Journal-Sentinel) reported Monday that a piece of land owned by Cobalt Partners is being eyed for the development.
This would put the building in the Loomis crossing area of Greenfield. So still in Milwaukee County, at least.
In other news:
–Sendik’s is closing its store in West Milwaukee. But it’s going to keep its employees, if they wish to work at other stores in the local chain, and for that they deserve a thumbs up.
-The former Valhalla restaurant on Old World Third Street will likely become a new lounge, and a few AirBnB units could be coming to that neck of the woods as well.
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