The new Easton apartment building is preparing to open later this month and, as the name implies, this building is all about its location on Milwaukee’s lower east side. See the attached slideshow for a walk through the project before it opens.
The five-story building is on a full acre at 1632 N. Franklin Place, south of busy Brady Street in downtown Milwaukee.
A lot that large in the historic neighborhoods close to Brady Street is rare. The final building stretches between Franklin Place and North Arlington Place, which is to become a two-way street after Easton opens.
The Milwaukee Boys Club used to stand there. Local investor Jeno Cataldo, part owner of the Dorsia restaurant and other Brady Street properties, in 2014 was in the group that bought the site from Jesus’ Soul Saving Traveling Mission Inc. Klein Development, Milwaukee, joined the venture a year later.
The Easton building, with 96 apartments, started construction in November 2017. The developers went through a lengthy city review to build on the site. Their initial plans for a 10-story building were scaled back after opposition from the neighborhood.
The top two floors of the Easton are nearly complete, and could open for occupancy in mid March, said Michael Klein, president of Klein Development. The project includes 64 one-bedroom apartments and 32 two-bedroom units. The one-bedroom units start around $1,500 a month, and the two-bedrooms at $2,200, Klein said.
C.D. Smith, Fond du Lac, is the general contractor, and Eppstein Uhen Architects of Milwaukee designed the building.
Milwaukee Business Journal