Northwestern Mutual plans dramatic skyline addition
The Milwaukee skyline is changing with a dramatic addition on the Northwestern Mutual campus downtown. The new structure, with 1.1million square feet of space, is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Northwestern Mutual’s commitment to downtown Milwaukee includes the retention of 11-hundred jobs and, in the coming years, an additional 19-hundred jobs in the new building.
City government is making a Tax Incremental Financing investment toward the project to assist Northwestern Mutual with the additional costs of construction at this site.
Fifth Ward development to include grocery store, office building
A plan for the northeast corner of First Street and Greenfield Avenue is taking shape, and it includes both a grocery store and a prominent entry to the UWM Harbor Campus just east of the site. The phased development will start with a Cermak grocery store and ultimately include an office building and a public space.
Stewart Wangard is the lead developer, and Alderman Jose Perez was instrumental in helping reach consensus. Fifth Ward residents had expressed a strong interest in having a grocery store nearby, and the Department of City Development encouraged plans that would be consistent with potential investment around the Inner Harbor and the UWM School of Freshwater Sciences.
The revised vision received support from neighbors in a public meeting in early 2014.