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Jan. 18, 2013

Whitestone Realty Eyes Spring Start for 127-Unit Senior Housing at Pabst Complex

by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Milwaukee Pabst Senior Housing L.P., a venture led by Whitestone Realty Capital L.L.C., is moving forward with plans to develop a 127-unit senior housing facility on the site of the former Pabst Brewery in Downtown Milwaukee, the Business Journal reports. First proposed in 2011, the project would replace the Malt House and Malt Elevator buildings on West Juneau Ave.

Construction is expected to start by April and take 12 to 14 months. The developers plan to sell the complex to one of two nonprofit operators: United Housing and Community Services Corp. or Improved Living Foundation Inc.

Whitestone Realty is seeking $37 million in tax-exempt bonds through the Milwaukee Redevelopment Authority, Michael Zukerman, the company’s CEO, told the Business Journal. The project could also benefit from historic tax credits, he added.

In other news, the Schlitz Park office complex in downtown Milwaukee has recruited several new tenants and secured fresh commitments from existing occupants. According to BizTimes, the American Heart Association has signed a lease for 5,500 square feet of space in the RiverCenter building. The organization will relocate from 660 E. Mason St. in Milwaukee.

Yet another addition to the tenant roster at Schlitz Park is TransPerfect, which will move from 1661 N. Farwell Ave. in Milwaukee to 5,000 square feet in the Keg House building.

Additionally, iCare has expanded its lease in the RiverCenter building by 4,000 square feet, while Wisconsin DPI and Security Microlmaging Corp. Inc. have both extended their leases by five and 10 years, respectively. A Schlitz Park spokesperson reported that the 460,000-square-foot RiverCenter building is now 95 percent leased, while the 65,000-square-foot Keg House building has reached full occupancy.

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