July 31, 2021

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Construction for The Couture to begin Wednesday

View from N Lincoln Memorial Drive and E Michigan St. Rendering: Rinka
View from N Lincoln Memorial Drive and E Michigan St. Rendering: Rinka

Almost nine years since the project was on suggested firstThe developers of the long-awaited couture project in downtown Milwaukee say they have completed a $ 104.7 million loan and will begin construction on Wednesday.

The Section 220 FHA loan closed in Milwaukee on Friday Barrett Lo Visionary Development Confirmed Monday. The loan is supported by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Couture is a 44-story apartment tower proposed for 909 E. Michigan St. Madison, JH Findorff & Son Inc. Rinka is the project architect.

According to a press release, work on site will start this week. Vertical construction is scheduled to begin early next year. Completion is expected for autumn 2023.

“We are very pleased that we have closed the site and that the Findorff team can begin construction on Couture, a transformation project for our community,” said Rick Barrett, founder and managing director of Barrett Lo, in a statement. “I would like to thank (HUD), the City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, and all partners who have worked so hard by our side to make sure this important project is able to move forward.”

HUD spokeswoman Gina Rodriguez said the loan is the largest FHA loan amount HUD has executed in Wisconsin and the largest for HUD’s Midwest region since 2000.

The couture will require an estimated 4,400 construction workers and will create around 200 permanent jobs when completed.

By far the largest source of funding is the Jones Lang LaSalle Multifamily LLC mortgage. This originally announced $ 103.5 million loan has been approved for a HUD guarantee in November.

Other sources of funding include equity and additional tax funding from the City of Milwaukee. The city aid is specifically intended for infrastructure work and the construction of a public transport center.

The transportation hub will serve the Milwaukee County’s hop tram and future bus Express transport system. It will also include pedestrian walkways and bridges.

“Couture will serve as a model for transitory development that will transform our skyline and economy by infusing well-paying construction jobs at a time when they are needed more than ever,” said David Crowley, executive of Milwaukee County, in a statement.

Barrett announced in June that he had secured the remaining equity had to reapply for the HUD loan guarantee. Barrett Lo’s first application for a loan guarantee expired because the project did not have enough equity.

First proposed in 2012, couture has overcome a number of obstacles. The last roadblock came from City Hall this spring when the prosecutor first started refused to sign an updated project development agreement. city-guide quickly sorted out the dispute.

“To get to this point, the developer and all government agencies involved have done a lot of hard work,” Mayor Tom Barrett said in a statement. “Couture will contribute to our economy and create jobs. This increases the traffic connection. and it will change our skyline. Couture is a great addition to Milwaukee. “