Building Info

Posner Building
  • Address:
    152 W. Wisconsin Ave.
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  • Status:
  • Assessment:
    $2,736,500 (2015)
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  • Size:
    108,300 sq-ft

MKE Lofts is a mixed-use building in downtown Milwaukee. It was formerly known as the Posner Building and was for years almost entirely vacant, with the only tenant being Mo’s Irish Pub.

The building was converted to an apartment building in 2015 by HKS Holdings. The $23.5 million project was financed by a $13.75 million loan from WHEDA. As a requirement of that loan, 20 percent of the units are set aside for individuals making less than or equal to 80% of Milwaukee County’s median income.

Underground parking is available in the building, as well as parking stalls at an adjacent city-owned garage.

Prior building owner Johnny Vassallo worked on redeveloping the building for many years. In late 2012, Vassallo announced a project similar to the one proposed by HKS that he was seeking financing and development assistance for.

In 2008, Vassallo proposed converting the building into a hotel, likely a Holiday Inn, in partnership with another developer. Those plans fell through in May of that year.

The building was known as the Caswell Building until 1982. The name was changed to Posner Building at that point, and then MKE Lofts in 2015.

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