UWM selects riverfront site for new dorm

The UWM Real Estate Foundation announced that it has selected a site at the northwest corner of East North Avenue and North Cambridge Avenue for a new 700-student dormitory.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Real Estate Foundation announced that it has selected a site at the northwest corner of East North Avenue and North Cambridge Avenue, proposed by Milwaukee-based Mandel Group Inc., for a new 700-student dormitory. The site is located on the opposite side of the Milwaukee River from the 475-student RiverView Residence Hall, which UWM opened in January. The site is a brownfield and was formerly the location of a Hometown gas station. "The selected site best meets the needs of students and will provide sufficient space for a creative design solution incorporating many green and sustainable building features," the foundation said in a news release. The dorm project will have three buildings with first floor retail space along North Avenue and green space along the river. The UWM Real Estate Foundation chose the site from a list of eight proposals that were narrowed down to three finalists. The other two finalists were the Prospect Mall and parking lot site proposed by Boulder Venture at the intersection of Ivanhoe Place and Kenilworth Place and a site proposed by Phelan Development LLC and Towne Investments at 1774 N. Farwell Ave. Community meetings were held to discuss proposed each site. "I was inspired by the turnout at those meetings," said Ald. Nic Kovac. "As a community, we sent a strong message to the developers and to the university that we care about our neighborhoods, our river, our jobs base and our tax base. We made it clear that nothing is going to happen without our knowledge, input and cooperation." UWM hopes to have the new dorm completed in 2010.

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