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Category Archive: Projects

Couture legal battle finally ends, could begin construction next year

Following years of roadblocks and land disputes, we are ecstatic that the Couture will finally move forward. In mid August, environmental group Preserve Our Parks announced that after losing their first case against Milwaukee County and Barrett Visionary Development, they would not appeal the judge’s ruling and allow the Couture development to move forward. The County voted to sell the much-debated Downtown Transit Center site to Barrett Visionary Development in 2014, with hopes of moving forward with their plans to build the high rise apartment building, complete with retail and public space, and a station stop for the planned Milwaukee Street Car.

In addition to being a great asset to Milwaukee’s skyline, The Couture is a $122 million project that will significantly benefit economic development efforts locally and across the state for Building Advantage members. According to developer Rick Barrett, construction on the Couture could begin as early as 2016.

This site is just the beginning for big changes to the Milwaukee lakefront. Stay tuned!

Northwestern Mutual Releases SBE and RPP First Quarter Report for 2014

Earlier this month, Northwestern Mutual released their quarterly SBE (Small Business Enterprise) and RPP (Residential Preference Program) Report prepared by Prism Technical Management & Marketing Services LLC, for the first quarter of 2014. For this project, Northwestern Mutual agreed to utilize certified SBEs for 25% of construction costs, and 40% RPP for worker hours, as a condition of receiving $54 million in TIF from the City of Milwaukee. According to the report, the project is meeting all requirements thus far for both SBE and RPP participation. See the report here; some key points are highlighted below.

…Read on.