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Demolition work continues on Couture project

Crews work atop the former Downtown Transit Center on Tuesday in downtown Milwaukee. The transit center is being razed to make room for the 44-story Couture development. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Crews work atop the former Downtown Transit Center on Tuesday in downtown Milwaukee. The transit center is being razed to make room for the 44-story Couture development. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

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.

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Alex Zank is a construction reporter for The Daily Reporter. He can be reached at 414-225-1820.

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