Welford Sanders Historic Lofts

Milwaukee, WI
Renovation, Historic Rehab
Building renovated to lead neighborhood redevelopment effort

At a Glance

  • Summary: Total interior renovation of existing historic building for housing and mixed use.
  • Size: 7 stories; 59 housing units; 38,000 sf of office space; 172,850 sf historic renovation
  • Completion: Est. 2017
  • Construction Cost: $14 million
  • Owner: Welford Sanders Lofts, LLC
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Project Overview

This project comprises the development of new multi-family housing and community based commercial development at the existing historic Nunn Bush Shoe Factory building.

Continuum assisted in securing historical tax credits for the owners, as well as WHEDA credits. Designing around a strict budget and universal housing requirements, supportive housing requirements and historical design limitations, Continuum was able to deliver 59 mixed-income units. The development incorporates a mix of two to four bedroom single level apartments.

Tenants have access to amenities such as individual storage, off-street parking, large unit-wide windows, a community room, a fitness center, a spacious lobby, and a private exterior plaza.

One of the biggest challenges faced was the 42” grade difference at the existing historical Nunn Bush Building west entrance, making accessibility hard to achieve. Continuum created a new two story entrance lobby with a new chair lift and entrance stairs to create a community lobby area within the building and accommodate the elevation difference.

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