Historic north side building being transformed into affordable housing

MILWAUKEE - A historic ice cream factory is being converted into living space on Milwaukee's north side.

The groundbreaking took place at the Blommer Ice Cream Company.

It sat empty on North Avenue for decades until city leaders explored ways to revitalize the 36,000 square foot building.

It will now be transformed into 64 low income housing lofts that will cost families an estimated $300 to $900 a month, according to David Block, director of development for Evergreen Real Estate Group.

"We're cleaning up the brick were bringing up the big great windows so you will have a lot of light looking out onto the street," said Block.

Construction will include minority contractor hiring programs. It is expected to open in August 2018.

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