Hines Seeks Zoning Change To Allow Third Ward Tower
32-story, luxury apartment tower would be built on landmark site in Third Ward.
The $140 million tower would be developed on the site of a 0.79-acre, riverfront surface parking lot at 333 N. Water St.
The City Plan Commission is scheduled to review the riverwalk connections and Milwaukee River-facing elevations at its Aug. 23rd meeting. The commission holds design review power over the project because it is located in the Historic Third Ward Riverwalk overlay zone.
A separate proposal pending before the Common Council would change the site’s zoning from Downtown-Mixed Activity (C9G) to Downtown-Residential and Specialty Use (C9B) to enable the tower’s construction.
A 5,120-square-foot commercial space would be located along the riverwalk, with an outdoor patio. It would be connected to a 1,760-square-foot space at the tower’s northeast corner, facing the Milwaukee Public Market. A 4,870-square-foot street-facing space would be located at the southeastern corner of the building. Floor-to-ceiling, first-floor windows would measure 18 feet on the street-facing facade and 23 feet on the river facade.
The roof of the parking structure would be used for a tenant amenity deck, complete with outdoor pool. The adjoining eighth floor of the tower would be a resident amenity level with fitness center, lounge, game room, party room and co-working space. The north facade of the parking garage would be hidden by units from the second to seventh floor, making the tower appear to go the whole way to the ground.
The standard floor in the building would include 11 units, ranging from 510-square-foot studios to 1,635-square-foot three-bedroom units. The top four floors would include penthouse-style units.
The parking structure could be shared with the adjoining Renaissance Building, 309 N. Water St.
The new tower is being designed by the Chicago office of Solomon Cordwell Buenz. The firm also collaborated with Hines on the development of Northwestern Mutual‘s 35-story, high-end 7Seventy7 apartment tower.
But regardless of the zoning designation, the project’s design is regulated by the Historic Third Ward Architectural Review Board. That body signed off on the project in June, handing off a few remaining issues to board staffer and UW-Milwaukee architecture professor Matt Jarosz.
Area Alderman Robert Bauman is a member of both the architectural review board and the council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development Committee. He has publicly endorsed the project.
The Third Ward design plan calls the location a landmark site and specifically calls for a larger building at the site.
The private development is not seeking city financing.
For a greater discussion on the building’s design, see our coverage from June.