Although some residents began moving in as early as January, the Milwaukee Fortress - which occupies the former Mayer Shoe Co. at 100 E. Pleasant St. in Brewers' Hill - celebrated its grand opening on Thursday.
As the leasing office hangs its "open" sign to begin renting apartments for January move-in, we took another tour of the $55 million Milwaukee Fortress project by The Alexander Company, based in Madison.
The old F. Mayer Boot & Shoe Co. building - aka The Fortress - is in the midst of a major conversion from a variety of uses (industrial, retail, artist studios, band rehearsal spaces and more) into apartments. We went inside to see how the project is coming along.
When it was built in 1893, Milwaukee's City Hall stood as a testament to the city's emerging status as a major metropolis. But after 100 years of wind, rain, snow, ice and other effects of time, the landmark needed some major attention. Three years after a massive renovation project began, the scaffolding was taken down, the restored clock was lit and the famous bell sounded once again.