Milwaukee’s Historic Preservation Commission on Monday approved an eight-story hotel at 308 W. Kilbourn Avenue. Developer HKS Holdings revised its design and wants to build it next to the former Milwaukee Journal Complex.
Developers called the project “The Tempo by Hilton” and had to get city approval as the former Milwaukee Journal Sentinel building has historic status.
The new hotel building is a freestanding structure, a city staff report said. The L-shaped hotel has a consistent height with neighboring buildings and has revised its design since it last submitted in December. Renders showed a hotel with a more “vertical expression” with narrow windows and a prominent 2-story base expression.
Meanwhile, HKS Holdings has made more moves around the city.
A company affiliated with Milwaukee-based HKS Holdings on Monday purchased a nearly 44,000-square-foot property in the Walker’s Point neighborhood for $1.88 million, state real estate transfer records showed.
5th Street Holdings LLC, a company registered with HKS principal Tyler Hawley, bought the single-story, red-brick building from the Industrial Land Corporation, Wisconsin Department of Revenue records showed.
HKS Holdings principal Joseph Klein was the grantee agent and law firm von Briesen & Roper, S.C., served as the preparer, state records showed.
The developer is currently planning an eight-story hotel at 308 W. Kilbourn Avenue. The Historic Preservation Commission on Monday approved the hotel’s design as the developer looks to build inside part of the Milwaukee Journal Complex.
It’s not clear what HKS has planned for the property, but the developer has been behind some ambitious projects in Milwaukee, such as the Renaissance Milwaukee West Hotel and the Atelier Third Ward apartment complex. The Renaissance Hotel was named a Top Project of 2020 by The Daily Reporter.