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Apartments proposed at 2 downtown Waukesha sites

Land and Space

Journal Sentinel business reporter Tom Daykin talks about commercial real estate and development.

July 19, 2011

By Tom Daykin of the Journal Sentinel

July 19, 2011 0

Two apartment buildings, totaling 66 units, have been proposed for downtown Waukesha, and are seeking city Plan Commission approval.

Developer Ken Miller, of Kendal Group Ltd., wants to build the 36-unit Kendal Lofts at 456 W. Main St.

Kendal Group would raze the former O'Brien Photography building, and replace it with a four-story apartment building with underground parking, said Mike Hoeft, city planner.

Miller said he hopes to begin work next year, and have the building completed by fall 2012. He said the two-bedroom apartments would have monthly rents of around $1,150.

Just a few blocks away, at 212 W. North St., developer Mark Thatcher, working with Green Bay-based Lexington Homes Inc., is proposing a two-story building with 30 apartments and underground parking, according to Hoeft and Rob Ernest, Lexington president.

That building would replace an older apartment building, owned by Thatcher, that was damaged in a fire last winter, Ernest said. Thatcher couldn't be reached for comment.

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Helpful Links and Resources

Check the Milwaukee Assessor’s Office website, which includes tools to look up property assessments.

Find property assessments for other communities throughout the state at AssessorData.org.

The Milwaukee Department of City Development website includes information on the city Plan Commission and Redevelopment Authority.

The Commercial Association of Realtors Wisconsin offers information on commercial realtors and real estate.

The Milwaukee chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management serves the needs of real estate management professionals

The Wisconsin chapter of the NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association aims to serve developers and owners of commercial real estate.


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