Not often does Franklin get the opportunity to herald itself with a grand community announcement. One of those rare chances occurred in 2019.
Putting apartments next to a ballpark? Who in the world would ever do that? Turns out Franklin will, and I think it’ll be spectacular.
In March the Mandel Group, one of the most successful developers in Wisconsin, was selected to work on Velo Village, 265 market rate apartments at Ballpark Commons, north of West Loomis Road and west of South 76th Street.
Velo Village will be next to the Oak Leaf Trail and near the Wheel and Sprocket bike store that opened this year.
On Wednesday, October 23, The Milwaukee Business Journal reported:
Contractors started moving dirt on Monday for 265 apartments that will rise south of Ballpark Commons in Franklin and offer several amenities for the avid bicyclist.
The first building will be a clubhouse near the Oak Leaf Trail with a bike repair shop for people riding by, said Ian Martin, vice president, development, for Mandel Group Inc., the Milwaukee-based project developer. The clubhouse will have outdoor patios and fire pits for bicycling events.
The project is named “Velo Village” after the French word for bicycle. The apartments will be south of Rawson Avenue, across from the new baseball stadium at Ballpark Commons. Velo Village’s clubhouse is to open in late 2020, and the first apartments will open to residents in early 2021.
“Construction started on Monday, so we’re not wasting any time,” Martin said. “The Oak Leaf Trail is important for obvious reasons, but I like the connectivity to all the recreational stuff happening on the north side of Rawson.”
Then, the kind of big announcement that normally Franklin can’t seem to pull off. Franklin’s reach.
On November 25, Franklin Mayor Steve Olson attended and spoke at the groundbreaking for Velo Village and was joined by other officials.
4) VELO VILLAGE AND MORE
5) RECYCLING CHANGES
6) THE STRAUSS BRANDS SAGA
7) FORMER HIGH SCHOOL COACH CHARGED WITH SEXUAL ASSAULT
8) WE DON’T HAVE A CLUE, SO LET’S FUND ANOTHER STUDY
9) FRANKLIN’S NEW LOGO
10) THE CARMEX COMEBACK