Ultra Lofts Rise in Deer District
In just a few months people will be living in Milwaukee's newest neighborhood.
The entertainment center on the east side of Fiserv Forum has received lots of attention, but one of the most impactful parts of the new arena is actually on the arena’s northwest corner.
Connected to the stadium’s parking garage, a new apartment building is quickly taking shape. Known as the Five Fifty Ultra Lofts, the six-story building will contain 112 apartments when it’s completed in the coming months.
The building, along with a large, electronic billboard on the parking garage, will be the first thing people see when they enter Downtown via W. McKinley Ave.
The building features a unique design, at least for Milwaukee. It is effectively three-sided, with the eastern side featuring a blank wall that abuts the parking garage. It will also be the only apartment building in town with skywalk access to an arena.
Though most of the building fronts N. 6th St., residents will enter it along W. Juneau Ave. The lobby, which gives the building its name, will be located at 550 W. Juneau Ave. Commercial storefronts are planned for the first floor of the N. 6th St. facade.
The units will be a mix of studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Amenities in the project include a rooftop deck, club room and fitness center.
Alderwoman Milele A. Coggs raised a sobering point during her remarks at the project’s groundbreaking. The Five Fifty project will only be the second downtown building owned by an African-American developer. The other is the recently completed redevelopment of the Germania Building by Kalan Haywood‘s firm Haywood Group and Cardinal Capital Management.
Future residents will want to keep an eye on the team’s playoff schedule as it relates to moving in. Navigating a Uhaul truck through pre-game traffic would be far from pleasant. But just think of the cash they’ll make renting out a spare bedroom during the Democratic National Convention.
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