Building Info

Legacy Lofts Construction
  • Address:
    1500-1504 W. North Ave.
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  • Architect:
    Continuum Architects + Planners
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64-unit apartment building under construction in former ice cream factory.

The building was most recently used as a warehouse.

A new building will be built on the western half of the site as part of the project.

The project is being developed by a partnership of Legacy Midwest Renewal Corp and Chicago-based Evergreen Real Estate Group. Continuum Architects + Planners is serving as the project architect, bringing extensive knowledge of adaptive reuse projects and historic preservation tax credits to the project. Greenfire Management Services will serve as the project’s general contractor.

The city created a developer-financed tax-incremental financing district to support the project. The developer will advance the city $635,000 as part of the district, which will be invested back into the project. The development team will then be paid back over a period of no more than 20 years from incremental property tax revenue generated by the project. The financing mechanism, which places the risk solely on the developer, allows the city to help developers plug a project financing gap with virtually no risk to the taxpayers.

Of the 64 units in the total project, only 10 would be available as market-rate housing. The bulk of the units in the project would be set aside for those making between $17,400 and $46,920 according to the developer’s presentation. Those would be financed in part with $723,000 in low-income housing tax credits from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. Sixteen of the units will be made available for those participating in WHEDA’s supportive housing program designed to combat homelessness.


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HVAC General Permit.
Low Voltage Permit.
Electrical Permit.
Low Voltage Permit.
Gas Piping.
HVAC General Permit.
Raze Permit.
Erosion Control Permit.
Asbestos Project.
ROW Excavation Utility.
Building Plumbing Permit.
Commercial New Construction Permit.
Erosion Control Permit.
Pole and Anchor Permit.
ROW Excavation Utility.

Content referencing Legacy Lofts at the Blommer Ice Cream Factory

Eyes on Milwaukee: City Honors Historic Preservation Leaders
Eyes on Milwaukee

City Honors Historic Preservation Leaders

Cream of the Cream City awards 8 leaders in adaptive reuse, historic preservation.

Friday Photos: Legacy Lofts Ribbon Cutting
Friday Photos

Legacy Lofts Ribbon Cutting

Historic structure and new building are already full.

Friday Photos: Legacy Lofts Rises in Lindsay Heights
Friday Photos

Legacy Lofts Rises in Lindsay Heights

Historic structure and new building will be joined to create 64 affordable apartments.

Eyes on Milwaukee: How Legacy Lofts Overcame the Odds
Eyes on Milwaukee

How Legacy Lofts Overcame the Odds

Conversion of old ice cream factory died many times before work could begin.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Construction Starts on The Legacy Lofts
Eyes on Milwaukee

Construction Starts on The Legacy Lofts

Project will redevelop former central city ice cream factory.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Ice Cream Factory Will Become Apartments
Eyes on Milwaukee

Ice Cream Factory Will Become Apartments

Council okays 64 apartments in converted factory and new connected building on 15th and North.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Ice Cream Factory Redevelopment Advances
Eyes on Milwaukee

Ice Cream Factory Redevelopment Advances

64 apartments coming to W. North Ave. in Lindsay Heights.

Building data on this page, including assessment information, was last updated on January 26, 2019

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