The King Heights Apartments development was the $2.9 million historic rehabilitation of two severely neglected and vacant buildings (the Hausmann Building and the Schoeer Building) located on the near north sided of Milwaukee, approximately one mile north of downtown. It is a significant location since it links Milwaukee’s central city to its downtown area.

King Heights provides a combination of 23 affordable and market rate residential units and with the re-opening of four first floor commercial storefronts, providing opportunities for both quality housing and economic business development.

An 8 foot tall bronze statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was commissioned for the site and placed on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in front of the building. This statue helped to raise money to cover construction development gaps in the project. Today bus loads of school children can be seen stopping by the statue for glimpse back into social as well as architectural history.

The development of this pivotal project had a major impact on the rebirth of Milwaukee’s Historic Brewer’s Hill neighborhood. At the time of the development, vacant lots and buildings could be found all over this neighborhood. Within 5 years new condominiums selling in excess of $400,000 were being developed within view of this beautifully restored building.


WR Role: Development Manager as Employee of Owner’s Representative

Owner: YW Housing, Inc YWCA of Greater Milwaukee

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Project Type:
Affordable Tax Credits
Historic Tax Credits

23 Units
9 Market Rate
14 Affordable Units

Commercial: 4 Units / 4,000 sf total

Total Cost: $2.9 Million

Total SF: 24,000 sf


  • Downtown Views
  • Common Roof Deck
  • Individual Porches
  • High Ceilings
  • Grand Central Stair and Skylight
  • Upgraded Finishes
  • Copper Turret
  • Restored Exterior Details
  • French Doors with Transoms to Den/2nd bedroom
  • Open/Galley Kitchens
  • 8’ tall bronze statue of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.