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Associated Bank Purchases Milwaukee Center for $60.5M

MILWAUKEE — Associated Bank (NYSE: ASB) has purchased the Milwaukee Center office building at 111 E. Kilbourn Ave. in downtown Milwaukee. The purchase price was not disclosed, but the Milwaukee Business Journal reported it was $60.5 million.

Chicago-based Hub Milwaukee River Center Properties sold the 28-story downtown building to Milwaukee Center Management LLC, a Green Bay, Wis.-based affiliate of Associated. Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren represented Associated Bank in the transaction.

Associated will occupy between one-fourth and one-third of the building when the lease on its current regional office expires in 2022. Around 320 Associated employees currently occupy 97,000 square feet of the Plaza East towers at 330 East Kilbourn Ave.

“Our purchase of this iconic, city-center building aligns with our efforts to become the city’s hometown bank,” says Philip Flynn, president and CEO of Associated Bank, which is based in Green Bay.

The Class A property was built in 1988 and is 426 feet tall, with a total size of 373,000 square feet. It was 81.7 percent leased at the time of sale.

Milwaukee Center is attached to a 220-room InterContinental hotel, Milwaukee Rep Theaters and Pabst Theater. Amenities include three on-site dining options and an on-site fitness studio.

Associated Bank’s stock price closed at $16.95 per share on Tuesday, April 5, down from $18.70 one year ago.

— Haisten Willis

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