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Plan Commission OKs revised east side apartments after developer removes 10-story tower

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An apartment building proposed for Milwaukee's east side has received Plan Commission approval after the developer dropped a 10-story tower in response to concerns from neighborhood residents.

Klein Development Inc.'s project planned for a 1-acre lot at 1632-1648 N. Franklin Place would be five stories, with 96 apartments. That's a big reduction from the initial proposal for 140 units.

The firm's decision to drop the 10-story portion, planned for the building's middle, and to move the development's proposed parking structure entrance from N. Franklin Place to N. Arlington Place, addressed most of the concerns from neighborhood residents, said Ald. Nik Kovac, whose district includes the site.

Kovac also said city officials are considering changing that portion of N. Arlington Place to two-way traffic. Both N. Arlington Place, and N. Franklin Place, south of E. Brady St., are now one-way streets.

The building's design, by Eppstein Uhen Architects, won accolades from Plan Commission members.

"I think it's a very handsome building," said Stephanie Bloomingdale, a commission member who lives near the site.

The building's modern design has "an urban feel," said Chris Gallagher, of Eppstein Uhen.

Klein Development wants to begin construction as soon as possible on the $20 million development, which would take about a year to build. The monthly rents would range from about $1,500 to $2,000.

Tom Daykin
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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