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Mass timber project planned for Milwaukee expands to 25 stories

The city recently approved the project to be taller than initially planned

MADISON, Wis. -- A mass timber apartment building planned for downtown Milwaukee, which has been dubbed the “tallest timber structure in the world”, was recently approved to be taller than initially planned, with a total of 25 stories.

The Milwaukee mayor recently approved an amendment affecting the height of the Ascent apartment building, which is scheduled to begin construction in June 2020. The change allows the building’s developer, New Land Enterprises, to increase the number of living units under its plan to 260 one, two and three bedroom units and the number of stories to 25, according to the zoning change.

The building is planned for 700 East Kilbourn Ave., on the north side of East Kilbourn Avenue, east of North Van Buren Street. It will offer “luxury” amenities and also exposed timber, which the developer states online will create environmental benefits and be an improvement over other materials in areas like earthquakes, extreme wind conditions and fire retardancy.

Forest Data Network has previously written about Lake States mass timber projects including Ascent.

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