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Old September 14th, 2013, 03:39 AM   #41
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Q1 2015? Oh well, this one is definitely worth waiting for!
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Old December 5th, 2013, 09:53 PM   #42
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Does anyone know if this project is still a go? Everything I've read says yes, but I haven't heard any news in months...is it just held up in limbo for something? I sure hope we get it!
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Old December 9th, 2013, 05:53 AM   #43
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Good.

http://urbanmilwaukee.com/2013/10/29...lack-a-vision/
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Old January 15th, 2014, 01:21 AM   #44
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Milwaukee County would seek a judge's ruling granting the right to pursue a private lakefront development at the county-owned Downtown Transit Center site, under a new proposal.

A County Board resolution seeking a judgment determining the extent of the county’s title and rights to that property was introduced Tuesday by Supervisors Patricia Jursik, chair of the board's Committee on Economic and Committee Development and Gerry Broderick, Parks Committee chair.

The resolution is the latest tactic in the county's efforts to deal with claims that the Wisconsin Constitution's public trust doctrine bars private development on most of the transit center site because it was built on former lake bed.
http://www.jsonline.com/blogs/business/240159071.html

Still hopes to start construction in 2015.
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Old January 15th, 2014, 05:38 PM   #45
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I've heard Milwaukee is a cool town, I've only driven through it enroute to GB
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Old March 19th, 2014, 04:48 AM   #46
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Things are finally lining up for the Couture:

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Walker signs bill to help Couture development

"Developer Rick Barrett and Milwaukee County officials will start negotiating to get a title to sell the Downtown Transit Center after Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill to help Barrett’s Couture project.

Barrett said he wants to start demolishing the transit center at 909 E. Michigan St. in the first quarter of 2015.

Walker called Milwaukee the state’s “economic engine” several times, and said “we have an incredible opportunity to build on what we already have.”

County officials have been unable to get a title company to back the transit center sale for fear of a lawsuit from Preserve our Parks. The state bill lays out several ways state law would allow the Couture development and is designed to give title companies the security needed to insure the land sale.

“I know there’s still threats of litigation from out there, but I think this helps us get to where we need to be,” Barrett said. “Today is the first day we can start talking about it.”


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Old July 10th, 2014, 10:46 PM   #47
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Does anyone know specifically what the status of this project is? I know a few months back there were some progressive measures, plans of plans to be made, but I honestly don't know what the current gating factors are...
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Old July 11th, 2014, 09:16 PM   #48
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Also, since things are slow, maybe this is a good time to merge the two Couture threads?...
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Old September 21st, 2014, 04:33 PM   #49
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Added more public space, bike sharing stations and integration with the streetcar system

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Old September 22nd, 2014, 07:29 PM   #50
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Milwaukee really needs transit options. Glad to see a streetcar project at least.
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Old January 6th, 2015, 05:00 AM   #51
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Milwaukee County Board Agrees to Sell Site to Developer for 44-Story Mixed-Use High-Rise

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With a 12-4 vote, the Milwaukee County Board has agreed to sell the Downtown Transit Center to Barrett Visionary Development, headed by Rick Barrett, for $500,000. Barrett intends to construct a $122 million mixed-use high-rise project called Couture. It now goes to County Executive Chris Abele, who has already voiced support for the project.

“This project is truly historic, and I’m grateful to the County Board Supervisors who voted to support this plan,” Abele said in a statement. “The Couture project will change the skyline of Milwaukee, while also putting thousands of people to work and greatly improving the public’s access to our Lakefront,”

Barrett is proposing to demolish the Downtown Transit Center on Michigan Street and Lincoln Memorial Drive and build a 44-story high-rise, with 302 apartments. The building’s base would have retail space, a public transit concourse, and a 29,400-square-foot rooftop park.

Barrett is well-known in Milwaukee. He previously built the 30-story Moderne tower at Old World Third Street and Juneau Avenue. Completed in 2012, Moderne has 203 apartments, which are fully leased, along with 14 condominiums and a a ground floor restaurant.

The Couture, designed by Rinka Chung Architecture, was originally supposed to include a 180-room hotel, but that element was eliminated in favor of more apartments. Still, the building will house retail space, including a grocery store.
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Old July 2nd, 2015, 06:30 AM   #52
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Judge clears way for county land sale for Couture high-rise



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A Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge Friday cleared the way for construction of a proposed $122 million Couture apartment and retail high-rise in downtown Milwaukee.

Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Christopher Foley ruled a 2014 state law that established a Lake Michigan lake bed boundary east of the transit center is valid.

The ruling clears title to the 2.2-acre Downtown Transit Center, at 909 E. Michigan St., so the county can sell it for redevelopment. The transit center would be demolished and replaced with a 44-story tower, under the plan.

Preserve Our Parks had claimed that most of the transit center was built atop filled lake bed so it is protected from private development by the state constitution's public trust doctrine. The doctrine declares navigable waters and the beds of navigable waters be held in trust for the use and enjoyment of the public.

The County Board in December agreed to sell the property to Couture developer Rick Barrett. But no title insurance company was willing to issue title insurance as long as the property's status under the doctrine remained uncertain, officials said.

In February, the county filed a lawsuit asking a judge to declare state law as valid.

William O'Connor, Preserve Our Parks attorney, said the group will review its options on whether to appeal Foley's ruling. Foley, in his remarks from the bench, said he expected an appeal to be filed.

Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele asked the parks watchdog group to make a quick decision on a possible appeal so the county can move forward with redevelopment.

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Couture legal challenge ends, clearing way for lakefront high-rise

A legal challenge to the proposal to build the $122 million Couture apartment high-rise on a site overlooking downtown Milwaukee's lakefront is being dropped, removing a big barrier to the project.

Preserve Our Parks will not appeal Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Foley's June decision allowing the Couture development at the Downtown Transit Center site, according to a statement issued Tuesday by the group.

"We will continue to oppose any private development of public park lands or any further privatization of Milwaukee's public lakefront," concluded the statement from John Lunz, the group's president. He couldn't be immediately reached for comment on why the group decided against appealing the ruling.

"We are pleased that Preserve Our Parks will not appeal the court decision that re-confirmed the historic line for the lakefront used by the city, county and state for more than a century," Couture developer Rick Barrett said, in a statement. "This was the critical step we needed to secure clear title to the Downtown Transit Center site."
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Old August 19th, 2015, 02:45 AM   #54
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Can't wait for this project to finally break ground! It's been a long fight but will be totally worth every minute once this thing is up and the streetcar is rolling through it! On Milwaukee!
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Old October 9th, 2015, 05:53 AM   #55
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Demolition work on the Downtown Transit Center could begin next year and Barrett said he hopes to complete that work by the start of Summerfest 2016. Construction for the 44-story luxury apartment building could also begin in 2016, he said. It will take 32 months to complete the construction, he said.

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Barrett also needs to complete work to secure financing for the project. He said several potential lenders have expressed interest in financing the project.

“We’ll be fine (with financing the project),” he said. “That is not going to be a problem at all.”
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Old October 9th, 2015, 05:45 PM   #56
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Thanks for the update! Good to see some movement on this, even if it isn't a ground breaking yet. (I'll be extremely happy once shovels are in the ground!)
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County land sale could move forward in the coming weeks dependent on the feds signing off on the project. The FTA still has financial stake in the current property (Downtown Transit Center) so they need to sign off on the sale. The Couture project will expand downtown transit options with a streetcar stop and public concourse. Should break ground this year still.

http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee...is-spring.html
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After several years of waiting this project is finally officially a go. We should see actual construction of this building starting sometime early next year at the absolute latest.

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Sale of Couture development site wins federal approval

A federal agency has approved Milwaukee County's planned Downtown Transit Center sale, clearing the way for development of the $122 million Couture apartment high-rise.

The Federal Transit Administration on Monday agreed the county can avoid paying the difference between the property's appraised value of $8.9 million and its discounted sale price of $500,000, County Executive Chris Abele announced. That agreement is tied to a 1988 federal grant that helped finance the transit center.

Barrett Lo Visionary Development LLC is scheduled to buy the underused transit center, 909 E. Michigan St., on April 29.


The firm will likely wait until August to begin demolishing the building, said co-owner Rick Barrett. That's to avoid disrupting traffic to Summerfest and other events at nearby Maier Festival Park.


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Nothing too major here, just another update on the status of this project since nothing has been posted here in a while.

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Downtown Transit Center sale for Couture pushed back, demo still set for August

In early April, Barrett and county officials expected to close the sale on Friday. Barrett Visionary Development plans to demolish the county-owned transit center at the downtown lakefront and build the 44-story, $122 million Couture apartments in its place.

Due to a heavy amount of paperwork involved in closing the deal, Barrett said, the sale date got pushed back to mid-June. The company exercised its option to buy the property earlier this month, he said, and the transit center demolition contract is out for bids. The building demolition is still on course to begin in August, he said.


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Nothing too major here, just another update on the status of this project since nothing has been posted here in a while.
Bigger thread for this project now that's why. In the other thread they posted this awhile ago
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