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Urban Neighborhoods

Have you been looking to build a new home in a lively and established urban neighborhood? The City of Milwaukee is featuring seven lots in four neighborhoods adjacent to downtown. This is a great opportunity to build your dream home in an established community close to jobs, shopping, schools, parks, entertainment and public transit.

The City of Milwaukee is accepting offers for single family, new home construction on these sites!

Lower East Side Neighborhood
     • 1128 E. Kane Place   Sold

Historic Walker's Point Neighborhood
     • 1100 S. 4th Street   Sold

Riverwest Neighborhood
     • 2410 N. Fratney Street   Sold
     • 2929 N. Weil Street
     • 2649-51 N. Bremen Street  Sold
     • 3260 N. Booth Street

Historic Brewer's Hill Neighborhood
     • 100-02 W. Brown Street   Sold

Bay View Neighborhood
     • 703 E. Lincoln Avenue   Sold

Park Knoll Neighborhood
     • 5861 N. 121st Street Accepted Offer 

Building on a City of Milwaukee Vacant Lot

1. Find a builder -- design your home

2. Prepare your budget

  • Work with your builder to prepare an affordable budget that works for your project
  •  Avoid surprises by reserving in your budget or by making sure the following costs are included in the contract with your builder:
    • $5,000 to $10,000 for additional excavation and soil disposal trucking fees since most City lots contain old foundations
    • $8,000 for sewer and water lateral connections to city utilities in the street
    • Costs for tree removal or utility pole relocation

These are approximate costs. Your costs may vary. Understand what is covered in the contract with your builder and what costs you may be responsible for.

3. Obtain a prequalification letter for your budgeted costs

4. Submit your offer

  • Complete the City Vacant Land Offer to Purchase 
    • Read the offer carefully for expiration and performance dates, buyer policies, sale terms and conditions and City disclosures
    • Make sure all blanks are completed
    • No broker is needed and the City will not pay any brokerage fees
  • Attach your mortgage prequalification letter
  • Submit the house elevations and a site plan if available for DCD approval. If you do not have plans yet, you must submit them in 30 days of offer acceptance.

DCD will accept your offer if the offering price is reasonable, your plans are compatible with the neighborhood and our design standards and you do not violate the City Buyer Policies.

5. Work on your final plans

  • Obtain DCD plan approval if plans were not submitted with your offer
  • Apply for a building permit with DCD’s Development Center for the approved design

6. Close on the lot

Closing must happen within 120 days of offer acceptance. Contingencies include submission to DCD of the following:

  • Building permit for the approved design
  • Executed construction contract
  • Final financing with no contingencies and/or evidence of equity that matches your contract

The City will convey by Quit Claim Deed on an “as is, where is” basis. The City will provide title insurance if the sales price is $5,000 or more.

7. Start building!

  • Construction must start within 15 days of closing
  • You must finish building and landscaping within 12 months of closing

8. Move In.

Questions? If you are unsure about the appropriateness of your plans in terms of lot size or design, call us at (414) 286-5762 before submitting your offer.

Riverwest -
New Home
Built in 2009
Lower East Side - New Home
Built in 2002
Brewer's Hill -
New Home
Built in 2003



For more information contact:
Yves LaPierre 
Phone:  (414) 286-5762

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