Urban Spelunking at Briggs & Stratton

There’s always a lot of talk about development in the heart of the city, but a group that includes Minnesota-based Roers Companies, Milwaukee’s Scott Crawford, Inc., and Continuum Architects is walking the walk at a sprawling former industrial complex in the 30th Street Industrial Corridor. 

The $67 million plan – dubbed The Community Within the Corridor – which calls for 197 apartments, a giant gym and community space, a laundromat, small grocery store, daycare, skate park, putting green, dog park, after-school programming, a small business incubator and a creative space – has already gotten underway at 32nd and Center Streets in a maze of buildings atop 6.2 acres that have a long manufacturing history.

“For the neighborhood, we are bringing much needed amenities such as STEAM after-school programming, a food hall, an indoor recreational facility, a laundromat and an early education center that will support the entire community,” says Que El-Amin, owner of Scott Crawford Inc.

Roers Companies’ Director of Development Shane LaFave echoes El-Amin, saying, “There’s a reason it took four years to bring this project from conception to closing. We brought together nine sources of financing to fund the $67 million total project cost that it takes to renovate a 100-plus-year-old industrial facility into a multifamily community.  

“All of those partnerships came together to create what will be an incredible asset for an underserved community for decades to come.”

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