Ugly Building: Former Esperanza Unida auto lot and building

Ugly Building

The City of Milwaukee took ownership of the former Esperanza Unida auto lot and building at 1313 and 1329 W. National Ave. in August 2017 after the organization had not paid about $75,000 in property taxes.

More than a year later, the Common Council has signed off on an exclusive right to negotiate with Rule Enterprises LLC, one of two entities to respond to a second RFP.

Developer Brandon Rule is proposing to demolish the existing structures and construct an affordable housing development on the site. The project has a $17 million preliminary budget and one of the primary funding sources is Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority low-income housing tax credits. Applications for the program are due by mid-December, with an announcement expected in 2019.

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Andrew Weiland
Andrew Weiland is the editor of BizTimes Milwaukee. He joined BizTimes in 2003, serving as managing editor and real estate reporter for 11 years. A University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, Weiland is a lifelong resident of the state. He lives in Muskego with his wife, Seng, and son, Zachary. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys coaching his son’s youth baseball and basketball teams.