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UWM Dorm Site Archive

New UWM Dorm a Win for East Side

If you want proof that a thorough and flexible public process can produce a better building, look no further than the 700-bed Cambridge Commons at UWM, which engages the North Avenue streetscape to its south while respecting and embracing the unique river valley to the west. The $50 million structure was designed to be consistent with the height and setback guidelines of the Greenway Overlay. The landscaped lawn for student recreation is tended with gray water from underground cisterns which collect all of the roof rainwater. More parking spaces – and a stoplight – were gained on Cambridge, as well as a coffee shop and bookstore, both open to the public. The new traffic signal and an ADA compliant path down to the river valley and arboretum will be installed later this fall.



Archived Info on Development of Cambridge Commons

The Mandel Group, UWM Real Estate Foundation, and UW Student Affairs co-hosted a series of meetings in October and November to discuss the Mandel Group's student residence hall proposal. Each meeting will cover one of four aspects of the development (environmental initiatives, neighborhood safety & security, building design features & neighborhood retail, traffic/transportation & parking). Anyone interested in the project is welcome to attend.

  • Thursday, October 23rd, 7:00-9:00 pm - Environmental Initiatives
    Riverview Dorm Cafeteria, 2340 N. Commerce St. (additional parking available in Pick 'n' Save lot)
  • Wednesday, October 29th, 7:00-9:00 pm - Neighborhood Safety & Security
    Peck School of the Arts, 1915 E. Kenilworth Pl.
  • Thursday, November 6th, 7:00-9:00 pm - Traffic, Transportation, & Parking
    Peck School of the Arts (at Kenilworth Square), 1915 E. Kenilworth Pl.
  • Wednesday, November 12th, 7:00-9:00 pm - Building Design Features & Neighborhood Retail
    Peck School of the Arts (at Kenilworth Square), 1915 E. Kenilworth Pl.


Public Meeting

The UWM Real Estate Foundation has selected three finalists for a proposed 500-700 bed student dormitory slated to open in fall 2010. At the meetings listed below, the development teams will explain the details of their proposals and UWM representatives will also be present. The questions we ask and the opinions we share will inform the site selection and design process.

  • Tuesday, Sept. 2 • 6:30pm • Maryland Ave. School - 2418 N. Maryland Ave.
    Boulder Venture’s proposal for the Prospect Mall parking lot, between Ivanhoe Pl. and Kenilworth Pl.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 3 • 6:30pm • Urban Ecology Center - 1500 E. Park Place
    The Mandel Group’s proposal for the old Hometown gas station, on the NE corner of North Ave. and the Milwaukee River
  • Thursday, Sept. 4 • 6:30pm • Holy Rosary Hall - 2011 N. Oakland Ave.
    Phelan Development and Towne Investment’s proposal for the SE corner of Farwell Ave. and Royall Pl.


UWM Dorm Sites Update: Three finalists chosen by UWM Real Estate Foundation

We are pleased that the UWM Real Estate Foundation selected more than one proposal for their future student housing facility. This provides an opportunity for more public input in the final selection process.

Alderman Kovac will be working closely with neighborhood groups, UWM, the UWM Real Estate Foundation, and the project finalists to set up open public meetings to give interested parties an opportunity to share their thoughts, ideas and concerns about each project with the developers, the Foundation, UWM, and each other.

We hope the developers will use this input to improve their projects and the UWM Real Estate Foundation will take the results of these meetings into consideration when making it's final decision. The meetings have not been scheduled yet. Please sign up for E-Notify and/or check this website for further details.


Thank you to everyone who came to the Urban Ecology Center for the discussion about UWM's plans for a future residence hall.

What do you think about the proposed sites? Please contact us with your thoughts as soon as possible.


Answers To Your Questions About the New UWM Dorm

Click Here to read Ald. Kovac's answers to the index card questions from the audience at the meeting.
Click Here to read the answers from the UWM Real Estate Foundation representatives.
Click Here to see the criteria for the new dorm and its placement.

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