Precast concrete being erected at The Brewery parking structure

Nearly 700 pieces of precast concrete are being erected at the corner of Juneau Avenue and North 9th Street in the middle of the former Pabst brewery complex in downtown Milwaukee.

Nearly 700 pieces of precast concrete, weighing as much as 20 tons each, are being erected at the corner of Juneau Avenue and North 9th Street in the middle of the former Pabst brewery complex in downtown Milwaukee. When fully assembled, the pieces will make up an 880 stall parking structure.

Joseph Zilber, the founder of Milwaukee-based Zilber Ltd., is building the parking structure and redeveloping the former brewery complex into a mixed use neighborhood called The Brewery.

Workers for months have been manufacturing precast components at the JW Peters Inc. facility in Burlington for the parking structure. The assembly is being done by G&C Construction and Area Erectors.

The 20 ton panels will be lifted into place by a 280 ton Liebherr crane, which will rise 2/3 the length of a football field (190 feet) into the sky. The crane will be utilized to assemble 12 to 15 of the precast components each day. A crew of 15 assembly experts will work on the site to fit all of the pieces into place. 

The $16.5 million parking structure is being financed personally by Zilber, who received funding for the project from two new market tax credit organizations, a $10 million allocation from the Wisconsin Community Development Legacy Fund and a $5 million dollar allocation from the First-Ring Industrial Redevelopment Enterprise, which result in $3.321 million in subordinated low interest financing for the project.

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