Bishop’s Creek Family Housing

Milwaukee, WI
New Construction
Inspiring Neighborhood Redevelopment

At a Glance

  • SUMMARY: New family housing using WHEDA tax credits
  • SIZE: 3-story building on 2.5 acres; 55 units: 43 one or two bedrooms; 12 three bedrooms
  • COMPLETION: March 2010
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $6.5 million
  • OWNER: CommonBond Communities
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Project Overview

Bishop’s Creek is an example of Continuum’s strong commitment to enhancing urban neighborhoods with cost-effective, striking design that assists in eliminating the stigma of affordable housing. This three-story building also needed to create a presence that was equal to its large-scale industrial neighbors, yet did not overshadow the surrounding small-scale single family homes.

This was accomplished through the creative use of modern materials and a layout that helps activate the street. In order to mimic an urban rowhouse or walk-up apartment, the three-bedroom units are located on the first floor and have cable hung balconies on the upper floors that frame the unit entry doors. This concept was carried through to the interior courtyard. Street level entries encourage neighborhood safety and pedestrian activity—essential to revitalizing any urban neighborhood. However, the units are elevated with a few steps and include garden walls to allow for privacy.

 

Awards

  • Mayor’s Design Award, 2011
  • First Place, Best New Development-Residential, Real Estate Awards, The Business Journal, 2011
  • Vision Award for Achievement, WCREW, 2010
  • MANDI Building Block Award Finalist, LISC, 2010
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