More Apartments for North Avenue
Plus: Big Bay View project and the Streetcar’s future.
As we wrote last week, E. North Avenue has been changing from college student-oriented bars and restaurants to places for older, more upscale clientele. Along with that trend goes the construction of apartments in the area. The latest such development was reported this past week: a developer from West Bend wants to build a four-story, 36-apartment building just off of E. North Avenue at 2075 N. Cambridge Ave.
Another notable apartment complex going up in the neighborhood is the Countour (not to be mistaken with The Couture), a six-floor building with 88 units that’s under construction at 2214 N. Prospect Ave.
Big Bay View Project
The story notes the firm purchased the site for $3.6 million through an affiliate. And they are planning to build an office complex, and potentially a small hotel and commercial space. There’s an item before the Common Council right now to vacate a street that runs through the parcel.
Jannene notes that Michels has a laundry list of projects, including some big ones locally with the city and the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District.
The Future of the Streetcar
The city has big dreams for the future of the streetcar, if renderings they released are any indication.
Streetcar proponents have always talked up a multi-phase development of the track, whereby they stretch it out to other parts of the city. And in these latest renderings, the city seems to imagine the streetcar running through absolutely transformed neighborhoods.
Using the Portland Streetcar as an example, the researchers note that proponents often cite billions in development around the original Portland streetcar line downtown. Except they say there’s no evidence the streetcar was a causal factor in the development.
The authors say that measuring impact of a streetcar project requires understanding how land values are affected by transportation. And the effect on land value and development, the authors argue, is essentially preconditioned on ridership.
So if the streetcar in Milwaukee can figure out that perfect formula of price and product that has people riding The Hop, then perhaps the streets in the renderings will one day be reality. Certainly, there are quite a few business leaders in this city who believe the streetcar will be a positive for Milwaukee’s development.
In Other News:
–See photos of The Quin going up in Walker’s Point.
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