The demolition of Milwaukee’s Downtown Transit Center means things are starting to shape up for the city’s newest high-rise.
Crews from J.H. Findorff & Son started taking down the transit center earlier this month as part of the $122 million Couture project. The 44-story building will include about 300 luxury apartments and retail space, and is being built by Rick Barrett, a prominent developer in the Milwaukee area.
Barrett had his eyes set on the county land near Lake Michigan since 2012 as the site of an apartment and retail tower. A lawsuit and federal-approval process slowed down his plans until August, when the county was finally free to sell the parcel to Barrett.
The Couture will also feature a stop along the city’s planned streetcar route. Work is also gearing up on that $124 million project, which is being lead by a subsidiary of Omaha, Neb.-based Kiewit Corp.
Both the Couture and streetcar are part of the ongoing building boom in the area. Other notable projects underway include the $450 million Northwestern Mutual headquarters building and the $524 million downtown arena being built for the Bucks basketball team.