New Land plans 68-unit Walker’s Point apartment development

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A six-story apartment building is being proposed for a vacant lot at the northeast corner of South Fifth and West Mineral streets. (Photo: Google)

A six-story, 68-unit apartment building is planned for Walker’s Point by a firm that has developed two other nearby apartment developments in recent years.

The building is to be constructed on a vacant lot at 924-934 S. Fifth St., according to plans filed with the Milwaukee Board of Zoning Appeals by New Land Enterprises LLP.

Known as Element apartments, it would include 56 indoor parking spaces on the first and second floors, as well as a 1,200 square feet of first-floor retail space.

Other amenities would include a fitness room, outdoor patio and indoor bicycle storage space, the proposal said,

New Land is seeking a variance to provide a taller building with more density at the site than allowed by its current zoning.

The 17,500-square-foot lot now allows for 21 units — less than one-third of what Elements would provide.

Also, the parcel’s building height limit is 60 feet. New Land is proposing a 69-foot, six-inch building with a two-foot parapet.

The zoning board’s next meeting is Sept. 10.

In its board filing, New Land says the proposed building density and height increases would be consistent with taller buildings, and more residential density, developed in the neighborhood in recent years.

Those projects have occurred as Walker’s Point continues to see fewer industrial uses and more housing.

The filing cites two nearby examples, both developed by New Land: the 120-unit Trio apartments, which was completed in 2017 at 1020 S. Second St., and the 48-unit Quartet, which opened this spring at 1001 S. Second St.

The Element project would not create congestion because its parking would be accommodated within the building — in excess of zoning requirements, the filing said.

Also, the additional residents would provide more customers for neighborhood businesses, according to the proposal.

Element would be the latest in a series of developments to occur on a stretch of South Fifth Street, between West Virginia and West Scott streets, that was reconstructed in 2016

That project included wider sidewalks and bike racks — which have helped such developments as Fuel Cafe’s second location, 630 S. Fifth St., and MobCraft’s brewery and tap room, 505 S. Fifth St.  

Also, the National Block development, at the southeast corner of South Fifth Street and  West National Avenue, features 12 apartments on the upper two floors of a renovated three-story building, with plans for an events venue on the first floor.

Such street projects, which include narrowing traffic lanes to provide more space for bikes, are part of Milwaukee’s Complete Streets policy approved in 2018 by the Common Council and Mayor Tom Barrett.

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