Georgia developer plans to begin second phase of apartment project along Milwaukee River

First half of project was completed in 2017, now developer looking to add final two buildings

A 2015 rendering shows the four-building plan for the River House apartment project in the 1700 and 1800 blocks of North Water Street. The first two buildings closest to the Holton Street bridge have already been constructed, Now, the developer is looking to construct the second two. (Rendering courtesy of the City of Milwaukee)

Atlantic Realty Partners first approached the city of Milwaukee in 2015 seeking permission to construct a four-building, 450-unit apartment complex along at stretch of Milwaukee River frontage between 1785 and 1811 N. Water Street on the Lower East Side.

Now, five years after completing the first two buildings in 2017, and three years after selling them to Kirkland, Wash.-based Weidner Apartment Homes in 2019, the Atlanta-based developer is looking to commence the second half of the project and is seeking an amendment to the original plan to allow for 15 more units than was originally planned. Under the new proposal, 222 units would be spread across the two new buildings. Added to the 243 units constructed as part of the first phase, the changes would result in total of 465 units once the two new buildings are constructed.

The first two U-shaped, six-story buildings in the complex, called River House Apartments, are located immediately to the north of Holton Street and were constructed on top of a site once occupied by the former Gallun Tannery building. The second two of the four buildings will be constructed just to the north of those at 1801-1881 North Water St.

The amendment isn’t expected to impact other elements of the project, which includes extending the RiverWalk from the current development site to 1887 N. Water St.

The first two floors of each of the two new buildings will have parking for residents, totaling 295 spaces for both structures. Entrances to parking floors will be located off of the driveways between the buildings.

Pedestrian access will be provided for residents from Water Street and along the RiverWalk. Bicycle racks will be provided both inside the buildings in the lower levels and in the front of the buildings along Water Street. Each building will also have exterior public bike stalls.

The amended plan is slated to go before the Zoning, Neighborhoods & Development (ZND) Committee on Tuesday for a recommendation to the full Common Council.

River House Apartments
River House Apartments

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Cara covers commercial and residential real estate. She has an extensive background in local government reporting and hopes to use her experience writing about both urban and rural redevelopment to better inform readers. Cara lives in Waukesha with her husband, a teenager, a toddler, a dog named Neutron, a bird named Potter, and a lizard named Peyoye. She loves music, food, and comedy, but not necessarily in that order.

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