JLA ArchitectsThe developers are required to incorporate a high percentage of Class I building materials in the structures.
By Miles Maguire
Three five-story apartment buildings overlooking the Fox River received the go-ahead from the Common Council Tuesday.
The structures will take up approximately half of the Morgan District site, which extends along the river from the old Boat Works property to the west across Oregon Street to the Dockside Tavern.
The vacant parcel has been a riverfront eyesore for the last several years as the developers have cycled through several different plans, including one that called for a grocery store and another that envisioned a corporate headquarters building.
In the first phase of construction the developers will erect a clubhouse, a pool and three apartment buildings with 54 units apiece. The individual apartments will range from 400-square-foot studios to upscale two-bedrooms that incorporate dens.
The design of the buildings has been described as “modern” and more typical of new construction in places like Madison and Milwaukee. Because the site is on the riverfront, the developers must incorporate greater percentages of “Class I” materials, such as brick and glass, than are used elsewhere.
“To be certain, this is a vast improvement over … current conditions on the site and should serve as a catalyst for activity on the south side of the Fox River,” the developers said in their proposal to the city.
No specific date has been announced for groundbreaking, but this phase of the project is expected to be completed over the next three years.
Several council members expressed their enthusiasm for the project moving forward.
“Very nice, very exciting,” said Deputy Mayor Lori Palmeri.