Building Info

Future home of Pizano’s Pizza & Pasta. Photo by Jennifer Rick.
  • Address:
    1150 N. Water St.
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  • Size:
    224,409 sq-ft

Grohmann Tower building originally was slated to be an extended-stay hotel, a Staybridge Inn & Suites that was known as The Residences on Water, but the project went bankrupt while it was under construction in 2008. The Milwaukee School of Engineering stepped in to buy the building in 2013 and convert it to student housing.

For years, the only thing in the building was a Qdoba restaurant, which occupied a small corner of the first floor.

The project was funded by an anonymous donation by Eckhart Grohmann. It was briefly known as the MSOE Tower Apartments.

The building includes 17 apartments for faculty.

Prior to development, the majority of the site was a city-owned parking lot.

A large portion of the building is tax-exempt because of its use by the university for student housing.


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ROW Excavation Utility
ROW Excavation Utility
Electrical Permit.
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Sign Permit.
Plumbing-Fire Protection Permit.
HVAC General Permit.
Fire Alarm Permit.
HVAC General Permit.
Commercial Alteration Permit.
ROW Restoration Permit.
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Building Plumbing Permit.
Electrical Permit.
ROW Excavation Non-Utility.
ROW Occupancy Permit.
ROW Excavation Utility.
ROW Excavation Utility.

Content referencing Grohmann Tower

Taverns: Buffalo Wild Wings Closing?

Buffalo Wild Wings Closing?

The lease for the chain's Water Street location is up in January.

Dining: Downtown Pizza Place Opening Soon

Downtown Pizza Place Opening Soon

Chicago-based Pizano's Pizza & Pasta is about as Italian as you can get.

Eyes on Milwaukee: 10 Images of a Changing City
Eyes on Milwaukee

10 Images of a Changing City

Think Milwaukee moves slowly? These dramatic interactive images will change your mind.

Plats and Parcels: Is Bucks Arena a Done Deal?
Plats and Parcels

Is Bucks Arena a Done Deal?

The way the team's owners are buying up downtown land, they're clearly certain the deal will pass.

MSOE puts finishing touches on former Staybridge building in Milwaukee: Slideshow
Plats and Parcels: 1,449 New Apartments Coming
Plats and Parcels

1,449 New Apartments Coming

And more are on the way, all within a two-mile radius of City Hall.

Friday Photos: Inside the World’s Tallest Qdoba?
Friday Photos

Inside the World’s Tallest Qdoba?

Finally there is activity in the 14-story building on Juneau and Water that's been occupied only by a Qdoba since 2008.

Eyes on Milwaukee: The Slow Demise of Sydney Hih
Eyes on Milwaukee

The Slow Demise of Sydney Hih

Sydney Hih could be saved, a witch hunt on North Ave, UWM has a baseball team (?), and Alderman Jose Perez wins a game for the Brewers.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Regional Bus Service Cuts, Transit Center Redevelopment, Museum Mile, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Regional Bus Service Cuts, Transit Center Redevelopment, Museum Mile, and More

The 11th installment of Eyes on Milwaukee focuses on transit, development, and new restaurants. The Downtown Transit Center's redevelopment is inching closer to reality. The Milwaukee Museum Mile is a new marketing effort for some overlooked museums. Service reductions are coming to the Milwaukee-Racine-Kenosha commuter bus service, and the Milwaukee City Clerk is still tweeting, thankfully.

Eyes on Milwaukee: Future of Transit Event, Urban Milwaukee Store Grand Opening, and More
Eyes on Milwaukee

Future of Transit Event, Urban Milwaukee Store Grand Opening, and More

Welcome to the eighth installment of Eyes on Milwaukee. This week I invite you to a handful of Urban Milwaukee events, challenge you to name the new river skimmer, and share a fair amount of development news and information about new restaurants in Milwaukee.

2011 Milwaukee: A Year in Review
2011 Milwaukee

A Year in Review

As the US economy continued it slow recovery from the Great Recession, Milwaukee was left with a couple of failed development projects to complete or redefine, a changing real estate market, the opportunity to make small infrastructure changes, and questions about the future of transit.

Condominium Sales Update

Condominium Sales Update

A sampling of projects in varying states of completion showed that over 200 recently completed or under construction condominium units have not been sold. A look at the data indicates that In many cases the high priced units have gone un-sold. Clearly the market downturn has slowed sales but this may also indicated a demand […]

Photo Gallery: Photos of The Residences on Water Construction
Photo Gallery

Photos of The Residences on Water Construction

The View Down Water Street Originally uploaded by compujeramey There are a lot of photos of the construction of the Residences on Water being taken. Dave Reid of the Milwaukee Development Update has done an excellent job snagging images of the construction to-date. I recently was over there to snag a few pictures between classes […]

Construction Continues Despite Snow

Construction Continues Despite Snow

As the city slipped and slid around from multiple inches of snow and ice dumped on it in recent days, construction crews continued building our city. Down on Water St. at The Residences on Water site men scrambled to remove snow from the roof while a crane lifted large beams into place. It appears the […]

The Residences on Water Are Rising Fast

The Residences on Water Are Rising Fast

The Residences on Water Originally uploaded by compujeramey The Residences on Water are rising fast, leading me to believe that the building actually will make its spring 2008 opening date. I walked by the building tonight on the way home from dollar burger night (every Tuesday) at Bar Louie. I was impressed at how quickly […]

The Residences on Water

The Residences on Water

The Residences on Water is beginning to rise out of the ground. The building utilizes a new development method, called the ER Post Structural System, that should allow for the pace of work to dramatically pickup in the coming weeks. This acceleration is possible because this method allows for all-weather erection, has fewer pieces and […]

Building data on this page, including assessment information, was last updated on September 6, 2020

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