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BV+ Rises on Kinnickinnic Ave.

Infill project will create 18 units of housing on Bay View's main street.

By - Oct 23rd, 2020 05:34 pm
BV+ under construction in Bay View. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

BV+ under construction in Bay View. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Voters waiting to cast an in-person, early ballot at Bay View Library have had something to watch across the street for the past week.

Construction is moving right along on BV+ (pronounced “Bay View Addition”) at 2557-2565 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. Developer Scott Genke is transforming the long-vacant lot into an 18-unit, two-story building.

The project will complement the existing Bay View Building, 2569-2573 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.,  located immediately south of the site. Genke’s SG Property Development + Management is redeveloping that building as well, with four apartments on the upper floor and a new space for Honeypie, a breakfast-focused restaurant currently located a block south, on the building’s first floor. A patio will occupy the space between the two buildings.

SG Property Development is leading the design of the BV+ building, with Joel Agacki of Striegel-Agacki Studio serving as the architect of record. Geoff’s Construction is leading the general contracting on the project.

The exterior of the building looks decidedly different than the nearby King Building that SG redeveloped in 2016 into a similar mixed-use format known as the King Lofts, but the massing follows the same principles. That building has 14 apartments, including live-work units, and two street-facing commercial spaces.

The BV+ building will consist of 15 studio apartments, two one-bedroom units and a live-work unit. “Rent will start at $995 and the building will be energy efficient,” said Genke via email in February. Eighteen indoor parking spaces will be included, as well as one outdoor space. Approximately 1,200 square feet of commercial space will be included on the building’s first floor.

The structure visible today awaits an extension on the tight 15,000-square-foot site that will bring the building up to the sidewalk.

Eighteen indoor parking spaces will be included in the building as well as one outdoor space. Genke first proposed the new building in 2018.

The developer owns a number of other properties in Milwaukee including a two-story mixed-use building at 2870 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. that is now home to a new midcentury-focused resale shop. Across S. Fulton St. his firm owns the 0.7-acre site at 2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. where he intends to build an apartment building.

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