Six-story, 144-unit apartment project proposed in Walker’s Point

Would go up southwest of Fifth and Bruce streets

Rendering: JLA Architects
Rendering: JLA Architects

Last updated on September 1st, 2020 at 08:03 pm

A six-story, 144-unit apartment project is being proposed on the 600 block of South Fifth Street in the Walker’s Point neighborhood, according to conceptual building plans filed with the city of Milwaukee.

Conceptual building plans were filed by the project team last week. Milwaukee-based Mandel Group Inc. and Milwaukee-based Catalyst Partners are co-developers, said Emily Cialdini, senior development associate with Mandel. Madison-based JLA Architects is the project architect.

According to the plans, the six-story building would go up along the west side of South Fifth Street between West Pierce and West Bruce streets. A mid-block alley marks the site’s western border. The Zocalo Food Park is located across the alley from the project site, at the southwestern corner of the block.

Cialdini said pending city approvals, construction on the $30 million to $35 million project could commence by next spring. It would take roughly 15-18 months to complete construction, she said.

“We’re really excited about the site,” Cialdini said. “We think it is a really great site on Fifth Street in the heart of the new businesses and developments that are popping up in Walker’s Point.”

The building would contain 32 studio, 52 one-bedroom, 50 two-bedroom and 10 three-bedroom units.

It would have nearly 150 indoor parking spaces on a lower level and part of the first floor. Leasing offices, a fitness center, bike storage and a dog wash area would also be located on the first floor.

There would be a number of outdoor amenities as well. Cialdini noted a glass-framed club room on the sixth floor would be connected to an outdoor terrace facing east. A second-floor green roof would overlook Zocalo to the west.

Cialdini said the developers are looking to improve and add landscaping to the alleyway between the proposed building and the food-truck park. They’re looking at adding artistic murals on its western wall, adding to the abundance of public art in the neighborhood, she said.

According to the city’s website, the plans are under review by city staffers. They were submitted as part of the process of applying for a commercial new-construction building permit.

The project is the second significant multi-family development proposed for the area in recent weeks. Milwaukee-based New Land Enterprises is working on a six-story, 60- to 70-unit project a few blocks south at the northeast corner of West Mineral and South Fifth streets.

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Alex Zank covers commercial and residential real estate for BizTimes. Alex previously worked for Farm Equipment magazine and also covered statewide construction news at The Daily Reporter. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he studied journalism, political science and economics. Having grown up in rural western Wisconsin, Alex loves all things outdoors, including camping, hiking, four-wheeling and hunting.

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