Third Ward Complex Needs Air Space Lease
City Plan Commission okays 60-unit complex built over electrical substation, sidewalk.
The Historic Third Ward Architectural Review Board first approved the project in 2018, but Joseph has had to wait for over a year as a unique feature is built in the center of the site – an electrical substation.
The building, designed by RINKA, will wrap the concrete-encased station with a 76-space parking garage and a double-height commercial storefront. Four floors of apartments will rise above the concrete base.
The city is poised to grant an easement for the six-feet-deep, 64-feet-tall protrusion. It will start 30 feet off the ground.
It’s not the first time the city has granted such a lease in recent years. Joseph also secured an air space lease for the Contour Apartments in 2016. The Huron Building, under construction a couple blocks northwest, required such a lease, as did nearly-finished The Yards apartment building in Walker’s Point.
The City Plan Commission unanimously recommended approval without discussion. The proposal will next go before the Common Council.
For more on the substation, see our coverage from November.
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Related Legislation: File 191619