Downtown Office Move Opens Door to Wauwatosa M-F Project

Bartolotta Restaurant Group plans to move its headquarters from Wauwatosa to a 17,400-square-foot Downtown Milwaukee building by the end of August. Bartolotta purchased 520 W. McKinley Avenue to accommodate the company’s growth. VJS Construction Services of Pewaukee and Chamberlin Group of Brookfield are leading a renovation, which will provide Bartolotta

by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Bartolotta Restaurant Group plans to move its headquarters from Wauwatosa to a 17,400-square-foot Downtown Milwaukee building by the end of August.

Bartolotta purchased 520 W. McKinley Avenue to accommodate the company’s growth. VJS Construction Services of Pewaukee and Chamberlin Group of Brookfield are leading a renovation, which will provide Bartolotta with office and warehouse space. According to documents filed with the Milwaukee Economic Development Corp., Bartolotta estimates the total cost of the project to be around $1.05 million, including $850,000 for the acquisition of the building.

Bartolotta’s current  location at 6005 W. Martin Drive in Wauwatosa is being acquired by Waukesha-based HSI Properties LLC., which plans to demolish the structure and replace it with the Annex at Enclave, a $5 million apartment community (pictured in rendering above). The Milwaukee Business Journal reports that the 40-unit project will be the next in HSI Properties’ Enclave series of upscale apartment buildings. Construction is scheduled for a mid-October start, and residents are expected to move in next spring. Units will rent for about $1,000 a month, HSI principal Ryan Schultz told the newspaper.

“We feel fortunate that the sale of our current building will add a positive residential development for the community and give our company the opportunity to accommodate our growing warehouse and office space needs,” remarked Joe Bartolotta, president of the restaurant company.

In other news, the Milwaukee Water Council held a launch ceremony for a $22 million renovation of its 98,000-square-foot, seven-story warehouse loft in the city’s 5th Ward. According to the Business Journal, the building will house a water-related research and business accelerator center. Tenants include Badger Meter, A.O. Smith Corp., Veolia Water North America, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and UW-Whitewater.

More than 150 water technology-related businesses are located in the Milwaukee region and the goal of the Milwaukee Water Council’s is to develop a global center for fresh water research, education and economic development.

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