KPH Completes Black Sheep MKE

How do you prove to developers that you can bring a major project in on time and under budget?

By doing just that.

KPH acquired a turn-of-the-century building in Milwaukee’s historic Walker’s Point neighborhood with our sites set on developing a mixed-use property. A tenant was secured for the upper level of this two-story building with a move-in date in three months. KPH managed the demolition and environmental remediation, including removal of an oil tank discovered during Phase 1 and another surprise tank after acquisition. The Design/Build project allowed the architect and tenant to work out solutions even after construction began.

The street level was developed into Black Sheep as a bar and restaurant, and white box was completed during the upper floor renovation. This two-tiered approach allowed our team to work effectively with City officials to anticipate and pass inspections each step of the way. The development included moving two staircases, modifying the exterior, fully restoring hardwood floors, beams, bead board ceilings and brick walls, adding a lower level kitchen and an elaborate venting system, and incorporating a new sprinkler system. Even a liquor license was secured in record time.

From acquisition to grand opening of two businesses in eight short months, South Second Street proves KPH understands that the sooner a commercial development is complete the faster you collect rent and earn revenue.

KPH and the project have been featured in several local news publications including The Business Journal, The Journal Sentinels: Tap and OnMilwaukee.com. Before opening day, the projects construction staff was invited to a thank you dinner and cocktail hour. Keith Harenda, KPH President and CEO, remains the owner of the building and Black Sheep.