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Cardinal Stritch to add downtown campus

Cardinal Stritch University will move its College of Education and Leadership, its adult learner program and its executive MBA program from its Fox Point-Glendale campus to a three-story, 24,000-square-foot building in the former Pabst brewery complex in downtown Milwaukee.

The university will occupy the entire building, which is located southeast of McKinley Avenue and North 11th Street and is visible from Interstate 43. The building is owned by Bando/Chmura LLC. The university has a 10-year lease for the building, with an option to purchase it after 7 years.

Cardinal Stritch will have about 60 employees working in the building and hundreds of students will visit the buidling on a regular basis for classes and seminars during weekdays, weeknights and weekends, said Dr. Helen Sobehart, president of the university. The university will move into the building next fall.

"We need space and we need to grow out so we can partner with the community, the city, all of southeastern Wisconsin and the business community," Sobehart said.

The downtown campus will be called Cardinal Stritch University City Center.

Cardinal Stritch has 7,500 students and is land locked at its current campus, Sobehart said. The university plans to remodel Clare Hall, currently used by the College of Education and Leadership, into a residence hall. The school needs more housing for freshmen.

Cardinal Stritch also is planning a major expansion in St. Francis. The university plans to develop a 129-acre site at 3501 S. Lake Drive, which includes the Cousins Center property and a vacant Wisconsin Energy property. The campus will be developed in phases. Once fully built out, it would have a student population of 1,870 and 420 employees, according to the university. It could take about 20 years for the St. Francis property to be fully developed, the university says.

The former Pabst brewery complex is being redeveloped into a mixed-use urban neighborhood, called The Brewery, by Joseph Zilber, founder of Zilber Ltd. Zilber is gutting and selling several of the buildings in the complex to other developers. Zilber is also trying to convince the state to place a new school of public health for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee at the brewery complex.

"To have Cardinal Stritch choose The Brewery is really a validation of what we are trying to accomplish here," said John Kersey, president of The Brewery Project LLC. "What we are trying to do here is build a neighborhood, and we are thrilled to have Cardinal Stritch in our neighborhood. They could have gone anywhere. We pledge to make this an incredible place to visit."

Staff and students at Cardinal Stritch will park at a 900-space parking structure that Zilber is building in the complex.

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