National Ave Lofts

Mliwaukee, WI
New Construction
Neighborhood Embraces Its Industrial past with New Construction

At a Glance

  • SUMMARY: New affordable housing, WHEDA Tax Credits
  • SIZE: 3 stories, 73 units, 115,000 sf
  • COMPLETION: December 2011
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $11 million
  • OWNER: Impact Seven, Dixon Development
  • CERTIFICATION: Wisconsin Green Built Home
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Project Overview

Continuum designed this bold, new, affordable apartment building on an industrial site in Walker’s Point.   The three-story wood structure with covered parking at grade was built over 200 piles extending 100’ below grade to mitigate the marshy site, once part of Lake Michigan. The 73 units include a mixture of townhomes, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. The two-story townhomes can be accessed both from the interior courtyard, and from along National Avenue.

The ‘C’ shaped building encloses a courtyard—outdoor green space for the residents animated by unit entries and patios.   Elements such as hanging metal balconies and corrugated metal panels celebrate the industrial character of the neighborhood.  The two wings of the building connect at the three-story glass tower that houses the entry lobby and all of the public/common spaces.  This tower acts as a signature element for the building. When lit up at night, the entrance is a striking landmark that honors the once industrial site.

This contemporary housing incorporates Wisconsin Green Built home program elements such as an accessible green roof on the garage, and exclusive installation of LED fixtures throughout.

Awards

  • State Farm Building Block Finalist, MANDI Award, LISC Milwaukee, 2012
  • Top Project, The Daily Reporter/Wisconsin Builder, 2011
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