Historic Downtown Investment: $46 Million Mixed-Use Development Proposed for Portion of Former Bucyrus Campus

Developer Scott Crawford Inc. is proposing an estimated $46 million mixed-use development for the former Bucyrus campus in downtown South Milwaukee, potentially bringing hundreds of new residents to our city center.

The South Milwaukee Plan Commission heard details about the project on Tuesday, voting 5-1 to direct city staff to work with GRAEF and the developer to begin developing a zoning overlay district necessary for the development to proceed. Future meetings of the Plan Commission and South Milwaukee Common Council will include consideration of a potential city contribution (through tax incremental financing) and the additional project details.

You can learn more about the proposal in the Business Journal and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. From the JS …

The new full application from Scott Crawford, Inc. includes 167 apartment and loft-style units at 1100 Milwaukee Ave. across from Da Crusher statue in South Milwaukee’s downtown. The proposal, presented to the city’s plan commission on Aug. 31, would also include the construction of a new building on the campus, in addition to renovating the Heritage and Technical buildings to primarily residential housing.

The Heritage building would see the most changes, according to the submitted plans, with aluminum windows replacing much of the brick facade, allowing for residential loft-style units, both one- and two-bedroom. The Heritage building would also include 8,000 square feet of commercial space for a “food provider”;  previous plans had hinted at a restaurant or possibly a brewery/distillery in the space.

Most of the development’s amenities would be housed in the Technical building, including community and media rooms, a fitness suite and more. Outside areas throughout the development would be made “transit-friendly” and include two “art alleys,” a dog park, permeable pavement and more green space.

The new building, to be constructed in the parking lot east of the railroad tracks, would feature three-bedroom townhomes on the first floor “specifically targeted to working families and empty nesters,” according to plans submitted to the city. One- and two-bedroom units would be on the two floors.

The Corporate building would retain 30,000 square feet of office space to lease. Que El-Amin, principal at Scott Crawford, Inc., said he would look for a tenant for the Corporate building such as a business or possibly link with an educational institution like Milwaukee Area Technical College.

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