The landmark Garfield Avenue School was built in 1887 to designs by architect Henry C. Koch.
The landmark Garfield Avenue School was built in 1887 to designs by architect Henry C. Koch.

Completion of Garfield Avenue School sale pushes Bronzeville project forward

This morning, the City of Milwaukee’s Bronzeville Advisory Committee offered an update on the project on 4th St. and North Ave. that would convert the former Garfield Avenue School and America’s Black Holocaust Museum buildings into a mixed-use development.

Last year, the Common Council approved a plan by Maures Development Group to redevelop a set of buildings, including the Henry Koch-designed former Garfield Avenue School, 2215 N. 4th St., into mixed-income housing, a new America's Black Holocaust Museum and more in Bronzeville.

The plan received Low Income Housing Tax Credits last year and the committee announced this morning that the sale of the former school has been completed.

"It’s a great accomplishment," said committee vice-chair Rhonda Manuel. "It’s the first step toward completing this historic project."

Manuel added that the next move is to close on the low-slung building just northeast of the school that had long housed the late James Cameron’s America’s Black Holocaust Museum. At that point, Manuel said, a groundbreaking ceremony can be organized.

Committee member Jayme Montgomery Baker said that a planned tour of the school for a group of individuals involved in the project was delayed until after the closing on the school deal and is now expected to take place in February.

"It’s been a long wait for this catalytic project," said committee chair Ralph Hollmon, "but things are beginning to take shape, and that’s very exciting."

See inside the former school here and here.


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