Jeramey Jannene
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Bay View’s New Gateway

The foundation is being laid for New Land's $25 million apartment complex.

By - Jan 4th, 2019 03:37 pm
Archer Avenue plaza. Rendering by Korb + Associates Architects.

Archer Avenue plaza. Rendering by Korb + Associates Architects.

The north end of Bay View will soon to have a dramatically different look.

New Land Enterprises, with contractor Recyclean, has spent the past few months deconstructing two houses and a former suburban-style fast food building at the southeast corner of the intersection of S. Kinnickinnic Ave. and E. Bay St. And with the site cleared and many of the materials recycled, now the earth moving equipment from Catalyst Construction is on site shaping the foundation for a six-story apartment building.

The new building, which will include approximately 144 market-rate apartments, is being designed by Korb + Associates Architects.

The project includes a number of unique, at least for Bay View, design features. E. Archer Ave., built as an alley without sidewalks, currently separates the project’s southern edge from the adjacent Zillman Park, but not for much longer. A portion of the block-long street will be eliminated, rerouted north to a new alley, while one of the building’s commercial spaces and an outdoor patio will connect directly with the oft-overlooked park.

Along S. Kinnickinnic Ave. and its narrow sidewalks an arcade design will be incorporated into the building’s first level. The end product is intended to create an expanded, covered sidewalk by stepping back the first floor underneath the apartment’s above.

The final notable design element owes to the unusual shape of the parcel. The building’s north facade will be curved, mimicking the shape of the adjacent high-speed turn lane (which, unfortunately, won’t be eliminated as part of the project). Bay View has an abundance of oddly shaped lots and buildings owing to Kinnickinnic Avenue’s following of a Native American footpath instead of the traditional street grid, but nothing this bold.

To create the site New Land, through its affiliate Hamburger Lofts LLC, purchased a number of parcels. The core of the site, a .8 acre lot 2130 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., was most recently occupied by Hamburger Mary’s restaurant. New Land acquired it for $1.25 million in 2017. The now-deconstructed building on the site was built for Burger King in 1985, but later housed an Omega restaurant.

The company also purchased vacant land along E. Bay St. from the city for $161,500 created when the street was widened in 1957. Three homes along E. Archer Ave. were acquired for a combined $589,800, the western two of which were deconstructed in recent months. The third, at 324 E. Archer Ave., will eventually be deconstructed to allow construction of the new alley.

The city granted a zoning change for the project in 2017, and approved the Archer Ave. vacation in 2018. It was the third such variance for the area in recent years, with the nearby Stitchweld and Vue apartments also requiring zoning changes.

Apartment leasing information isn’t yet available online. But if you’re looking for between 1,300 to 16,455 square feet of commercial space, New Land is accepting inquiries.

Parking will all be internal to the building, with 183 spaces spread across the first and second floor.

The building is scheduled to open in 2020.

For more on the project and other projects New Land Enterprises is engaged in, listen to our City Beat podcast from December 19th with New Land director Tim Gokhman.



Archer Ave Plans


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One thought on “Friday Photos: Bay View’s New Gateway”

  1. Barbara Richards says:

    This will be nice and hot as heat island effect increases in Bay view. The overhang should prevent heat loss and be a real heat trap. Build to the sidewalk. I suppose this is a living building design? not.

    When will we ever learn, when will we everr learn…11 years, 9 months and counting down to zero.

    This is “Walmart” building… go the cheapest, the fastest and forget the externalities!

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