Jeramey Jannene
Eyes on Milwaukee

Jeffers Sells Water Street Building

Soon to be home to Tropic bar and restaurant.

By - Nov 26th, 2021 02:09 pm
518-522 N. Water St. Photo by Mariiana Tzotcheva.

518-522 N. Water St. (left two buildings). Photo by Mariiana Tzotcheva.

A pair of attached, historic commercial buildings in downtown Milwaukee have a new owner.

Madison-based Janesland Properties purchased the property at 518-522 N. Water St. for $1.46 million on Nov. 3. Janesland is led by Eric Welch, who also owns and operates Eric Welch Painting.

The four-story complex, just north of E. Clybourn St., includes 16,592 square feet of space according to city assessment records. It was most recently assessed for $1.19 million.

The northern building, 522 N. Water St., was built in 1854 and substantially remodeled in 1870 according to a Historic Preservation Commission report. The southern building, 518 N. Water St., was built in 1888 according to the Wisconsin Historical Society.

The first floor of the southern building is poised to house Tropic, a new Jamaican and South Beach-themed bar and restaurant from Hyacinth Nembhardt. We reported on Nembhardt’s proposal in October.

M13 Graphics occupies the northern side of the first floor. A variety of tenant spaces, including apartments, are located above.

Welch bought the building from 518 North Water LLC, a company led by developer Joshua Jeffers. The developer owns the newly-constructed Huron Building on the eastern side of the block as well as both the Mackie and Mitchell buildings on its northern face.

It’s the second time in three years the property was sold. A limited liability company led by retired Badger Meter CEO Rich Meeusen sold the property to Jeffers for $1.4 million in March 2018 after holding it for eight years.

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2 thoughts on “Eyes on Milwaukee: Jeffers Sells Water Street Building”

  1. NieWiederKrieg says:

    Nice looking buildings… I hope they don’t get torn down or gutted like many of the historic buildings sold in Milwaukee…

  2. 45 years in the City says:

    This block of Water Street should be a booming success, but the ugly and hulking Chase Bank parking structure drains all energy that the historic buildings might bring to the street.

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