Construction on Legacy Lofts at the Blommer Ice Cream Factory to start soon

Freeman Staff

Oct. 25, 2017

MILWAUKEE A ground-breaking ceremony will be held 2 p.m. Nov. 8 for the Legacy Lofts at the Blommer Ice Cream Factory, 1500 W. North Ave., Milwaukee.

Legacy Lofts is a $13.9 million project to convert the three-story historic Blommer Ice Cream Factory and an adjacent open site into a total of 64 units of mixed-income apartment units. Built in 1928, the now-defunct factory has been largely vacant for more than 20 years.

The project received low income housing tax credits (LIHTC), state and federal historic tax credit (HTC) equity, tax increment financing, and HOME Fund financing as well as private mortgage debt. The existing historic Blommer building will be rehabilitated and converted into 38 one-tofour- bedroom apartments following National Park Services (NPS) guidelines. A new, three-story building with one-, two- and three-bedroom units totaling 26 more units will be built on the open site just west of the former factory. In addition to the housing units, 1,565 square feet of street-level commercial space is also being built in the new structure and will become the offices of LMRC.