Reimagined Milwaukee Retail Scene Meets Consumer Lifestyle Needs

By Ray Balfanz, Outlook Management Group What does Milwaukee bring to mind? Beer? Cheese? TV’s “Happy Days?” Perhaps the city chosen as the site for the 2020 Democratic National Convention? Yes, that’s us — being recognized and happy about it. But since I began penning this piece in March, we’ve experienced a world of change in the realities of group gatherings: we can hardly have 10 people in a group now, let alone thousands of delegates filling our new Fiserv Forum. It’s …

Boulder Group Arranges $28M Sale of Property Net Leased to Pick ‘n Save in Metro Milwaukee

MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS. — The Boulder Group has arranged the $28 million sale of a 103,611-square-foot property net leased to Pick ‘n Save in Menomonee Falls within metro Milwaukee. Constructed in 2011, the single-tenant building is located on Appleton Avenue. There are approximately 11 years remaining on the lease, which is guaranteed by Kroger. Randy Blankstein and Jimmy Goodman of Boulder represented the seller, a Midwest-based real estate company. A West Coast-based real estate investment …

Associated Bank Provides $10.5M Construction Loan for Warehouse in New Berlin, Wisconsin

NEW BERLIN, WIS. — Associated Bank has provided a $10.5 million loan to WRP New Berlin II for the construction of a 192,800-square-foot warehouse in New Berlin, a suburb of Milwaukee. The project will be located at the intersection of West Small and Moorland roads. Completion is slated for fall 2021. The borrower is a fund managed by Lake Forest, Ill.-based Westminster Capital. Ted Notz of Associated Bank managed the loan and

HSA Commercial Real Estate Breaks Ground on 1 MSF Industrial Park in Bristol, Wisconsin

BRISTOL, WIS. — HSA Commercial Real Estate, in partnership with Washington Capital Management, has broken ground on the first phase of the 68-acre Bristol Highlands Commerce Center in Bristol near I-94 and the Wisconsin-Illinois border. The first two speculative buildings are slated for completion in the fourth quarter. One is a 157,656-square-foot warehouse with 31 truck docks, and the other is a 472,216-square-foot distribution center with 72 truck docks. Jeff Hoffman and Chad Vande Zande …

Wisconsin Cancels State Fair Due to COVID-19

WEST ALLIS, WIS. — The annual Wisconsin State Fair, scheduled to take place Aug. 6-16 in West Allis, has been cancelled due to COVID-19. The fair is the largest event in the state, drawing more than 1 million people each year. The financial implications associated with hosting a fair with significantly reduced attendance and implementing safety measures could be detrimental to the future of State Fair Park, according to the board of directors. Previously purchased admission tickets can be …

Associated Bank Structures $23.6M Construction Financing Package for Affordable Housing Project in Madison

MADISON, WIS. — Associated Bank has structured a $23.6 million financing package for the construction of a new affordable housing development in Madison that will serve veterans and their families. The financing included a $13.4 million construction loan and $9.4 million of low-income housing tax credit equity. The bank also sponsored a $750,000 affordable housing project grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank system. Bryan Schreiter of Associated Bank managed the loan and closing. The …

Kohl’s Reports 43.5 Percent Drop in Net Sales for First Quarter

MENOMONEE FALLS, WIS. — Kohl’s Corp. (NYSE: KSS) has reported a 43.5 percent decrease in its first-quarter net sales. The company's fiscal first quarter ended May 2. The Menomonee Falls-based retailer has reopened about 50 percent of its stores across the country after stay-at-home orders have been lifted from COVID-19. Kohl’s says it has decreased planned capital expenditures by approximately $500 million as part of its financial response to COVID-19. The company operates roughly 1,160 …

KW Commercial Brokers Sale of 52,290 SF Retail Center in Wisconsin

NEW LONDON, WIS. — KW Commercial has brokered the sale of Wolf River Plaza in New London, about 40 miles west of Green Bay. Anchored by Family Dollar, the 52,280-square-foot retail center is home to a mix of regional and national tenants. Matthew Klein and Anthony Passanante of KW represented the buyer, Sunnyside Retail Partners LLC. The seller and sales price were

Metro Milwaukee Industrial Market Poised to Remain Strong

The southeastern Wisconsin industrial real estate market had a banner year in 2019 and remains strong. According to Catalyst, the industrial market in southeastern Wisconsin had a vacancy rate of approximately 4 percent at the end of 2019 and that rate has moved down slightly to 3.9 percent during the first quarter of 2020. This rate is well below the historical vacancy rate in southeastern Wisconsin, which averages between 7 and 9 percent. Several submarkets are significantly lower than the …

Zilber Property Group to Develop Fourth Industrial Building Within Wisconsin’s Germantown Gateway Corporate Park

GERMANTOWN, WIS. — Zilber Property Group will develop a fourth industrial building within Germantown Gateway Corporate Park in Germantown, about 20 miles north of Milwaukee. The 146,000-square-foot speculative building will feature a clear height of 30 feet. It will be the third speculative building within Zilber’s park, which is anchored by a 706,000-square-foot build-to-suit for Briggs & Stratton Corp. Once Zilber Industrial 4 is completed, the park will span more than 1.2 million …

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