Jeramey Jannene
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Bay View Apartment Project Advances

Plus: Recapping a big week of real estate news.

By - Nov 28th, 2021 01:09 pm
2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., mid demolition. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., mid demolition. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Developer Scott Genke is proceeding with a proposal to develop an apartment building on Bay View‘s main street, S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

The developer, who leads SG Property Development + Management, acquired the 0.7-acre property at 2860 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. in 2018 for $600,000.

A crew from American Demolition demolished the 7,194-square-foot structure on the site that year, but Genke told Urban Milwaukee at the time that he wouldn’t start development of a planned 37-unit apartment building until 2020 at the earliest.

The property had been home to the George Washington Bay View American Legion Post 180 since 1941, but sat as a grass lot since demolition was completed. The organization sold the property, located adjacent to Wisconsin Highway 794, as a result of declining membership.

Now Genke is starting the approval process for a new, two-story building. Earlier this month Keith Schultz of SchultzWerk Architecture submitted a pre-submittal review request for a commercial new construction permit. The requests are made to ensure a proposed building complies with zoning requirements.

The height would match that of a two-story, mixed-use building Genke bought and renovated across S. Fulton St. in 2019 at 2870 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

It would also be in line with the height of two other notable SG projects: the new BV+ building and the 2016 redevelopment of the King Building into the King Lofts.

His firm has subtly established a substantial presence in Bay View in recent years, acquiring and renovating a number of properties.

But it might have bought a lemon when it acquired 2266-2268 S. Kinnickinnic Ave. earlier this year. The building, long-occupied by Stone Creek Coffee, is slated to lose its anchor tenant next month. A party wall on its southern facade is leaning, with Stone Creek citing it as the reason for leaving.

After a Department of Neighborhood Services representative originally told Urban Milwaukee it was rescinding its order violation and issuing an advisory in its place, the department issued an emergency order requiring the plaza to be fenced off.

Potentially complicating the matter, the plaza is owned by the city and leased to the business. The leaning wall is the leftover northern facade wall from a building that was once on the site.

2018 Building Photos

2018 Demolition Photos

Weekly Recap

Bucks Player’s Brady St. Building A Neat Fit

Construction work is quickly advancing on Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton‘s second Milwaukee development.

Three Leaf Development started construction earlier this year on its second Milwaukee project, a two-story building at the southwest corner of E. Brady St. and N. Marshall St.

From the bottom up, a brick facade is now being installed.

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Jeffers Sells Water Street Building

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.

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Chavez Dr. Apartment Complex Moves Forward

A long-planned apartment building looks to be headed towards construction in Milwaukee’s Clarke Square neighborhood.

Cardinal Capital Management is lining up building permits for a four-story, 67-unit apartment building.

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Growing ThriveOn King Gets Extension

On Tuesday, the Milwaukee Common Council unanimously granted Royal Capital Group more time to complete the ThriveOn King development, whose cost has increased to $105 million.

Located at 2153 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., the development was first announced in March 2019. It will include an affordable housing complex, a new home for the Greater Milwaukee Foundation (GMF) and office space for the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). And now it includes a food hall and early childhood education center.

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Water Main Break Sends Steam Soaring, Chills Downtown

Thousands of East Town residents, workers and visitors found themselves in chilly buildings Tuesday.

An overnight water main break near E. Wisconsin Ave. and N. Broadway sent millions of gallons of water pouring into We Energies‘ steam tunnel system. The steam heat, which runs through pipes at temperatures of up to 400 degrees in the tunnel system, quickly caused the water to boil.

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Evictions Return To Pre-Pandemic Levels

This summer, as the CDC’s moratorium on evictions was set to end, housing advocates across Wisconsin warned of a coming “eviction apocalypse,” as one of the few protections for people struggling to pay rent in an economy turned upside down by a pandemic went away and aid groups struggled to get millions of dollars in rent relief out the door.

Since then, organizations have dispersed more than $80 million in relief to nearly 19,000 families, but in the past two months formal eviction filings are returning to pre-pandemic levels, according to data from the Wisconsin Department of Administration.

A return to pre-pandemic levels of court filings for evictions means the predicted flood of evictions hasn’t arrived, advocates say, but there are more factors at play than just formal evictions and a number of trends could be devastating to families across Wisconsin this winter.

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A Green Infrastructure Plan For Lynden Hill

Lynden Hill, a three-acre green space in Milwaukee’s Midtown neighborhood, will soon play a small role in a much larger effort to keep water out of the sewer system and prevent flooding.

The green space fills the block bounded by W. McKinley Ave., W. Juneau Ave., N. 22nd St. and N. 23rd St.

A bioswale capable of storing up to 130,000 gallons of stormwater will be constructed at its northwest corner, the low point on the sloped block.

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The Couture Is Making Noise Downtown

Milwaukee’s lakefront is likely to be a noisy place for the next few months.

A crew from J.H. Findorff & Son and subcontractor Terra Engineering & Construction are in the process of driving 192 piles (up to 140 feet into the soil) to build the foundation for The Couture, a 44-story apartment tower.

That work, which is currently taking place more than two dozen feet below grade at 909 E. Michigan St., is expected to last through January.

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Planned Riverwalk Lets You Touch the Water

The City of Milwaukee is planning a special “Node” along the proposed 4,300-foot-long Milwaukee RiverWalk segment in the Harbor District. The feature would allow the public to touch the water, while also creating an aquatic habitat and spawning zone.

“The intention here is to give people a way to access the water that is unheard of on the Milwaukee River and Kinnickinnic River,” said Department of City Development riverwalk project manager Alyssa Remington in presenting a grant proposal to the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee board Thursday afternoon.

The city hired SmithGroup in April to lead the design work on the project, which will run along the inner harbor from E. Greenfield Ave. to S. Kinnickinnic Ave. It will be the longest segment planned and built at one time, and the longest segment owned by the city.

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