Stitchweld Melds History and Urban Living

May 19, 2016

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One of the newest Milhaus developments is being constructed near Milwaukee and is the first in Wisconsin. Milhaus has partnered with Blair Williams and WiRED Properties to develop Stitchweld at a site formerly used for light industrial purposes. It will now enhance the local area with new residents, streetscapes and green spaces.

Stitchweld, at 2151 S. Robinson Avenue, is in a neighborhood steps away from the vibrant Kinnickinnic corridor with easy access to retail shops and restaurants. The $40 million, four building development will offer 291 studio, one-, two- and 3-bedroom apartments with high end finishes that will vary by building including wood cabinetry, quartz countertops and hard-surface floors. Stitchweld will also include a unique mix of amenities such as a club room, a co-working space, a maker’s room and a fitness center. Outdoors, a steel structure from one of the old buildings has been salvaged to create a unique space, equipped with outdoor grilling, a biergarten, bocce courts and community gardens.

The name, Stitchweld refers to a welding term, which is fitting as Bay View was home to the Milwaukee Iron Company. Additionally, the site itself housed two former metal fabrication, mining equipment, and welding related companies including the original home of the Harnishfeger welding rod operations. The name nicely blends the softer textile side of the area (hat shops, clothing, antiques/vintage goods and custom soaps) with the industrial side.

The development is modern urban with a mix of masonry, architectural metal, and cement panel. The color palette on the exterior will differ from building to building, but incorporate a majority of natural tones in the brick and metal along with selective pops of modern vibrancy.

Leasing will begin in early 2017, with the first move-in dates following. For more information, visit

“Stitchweld turns a neglected site into a vibrant part of the community,” said Greg McHenry, director of development, Milhaus. “In addition to the great retail and dining options nearby, it also has great access to major transportation to the downtown core.”

The property is being constructed by Milwaukee-based Greenfire Management Systems and will be managed by Milhaus Management, LLC. BMO Harris provided the construction loan. Milhaus and Engberg Anderson Design Professionals, headquartered in Milwaukee, collaborated on the design.