Wisconsin

Aldermen Agree to Sell City Properties for Development

The Milwaukee Common Council agreed Wednesday to sell a group of city-owned properties – including a former middle school – for three different affordable housing developments.

Those projects include:
• A $16 million development on the site of the former Jackie Robinson Middle School, 3245 N. 37th St., which closed in 2005. The developer, Gorman & Co., plans to build 64 apartments for older adults in the three-story, 118,754-square-foot building, along with space for health and vocational training services. Gorman, based in Oregon, Wis., also plans to build 14 single-family homes on the 4.6-acre former school property, which it bought for $600,000.

• Mitchell Street Market Lofts, a 24-unit apartment building at the corner of W. Mitchell St. and S. Muskego Ave., on a 24,500-square-foot lot now used as a seasonal outdoor farmers market and which sold for $110,250. The developers say they hope to reach an agreement to keep the market at that location, in street-level commercial space in the $5.5 million four-story building. But the farmers who now sell their goods at the market, managed by Growing Power, aren’t sure they want to operate year-round, and the new site might not be large enough to accommodate all of them, a Growing Power manager has said.

• A development of single-family homes on 40 vacant lots, which Gorman bought for $1 each, in the Metcalfe Park and North Division neighborhoods on the north side. The homes would be rented for 15 years, then sold, similar to another Gorman development of 30 homes on the north side.