The development team connected with the founders of Odyssey Climbing Co. in 2020 and instantly loved their vision for a climbing-based community in Northeast Wisconsin. The development site is located in the Village of Ashwaubenon's Sports & Entertainment District near Lambeau Field and Titletown. The facility will feature climbing walls that tower over 45 feet, approximately 175 linear square feet for top-rope climbing, and over 115 linear square feet for bouldering. In addition to climbing, members and community will have access to fitness space, programmed fitness classes including yoga, and event space with courtyard views onto Mike McCarthy Way.


The project will make Northeast Wisconsin a destination for both recreational and competetive climbers. Slingshot Architecture brings project experience from its work on Climb Iowa - Des Moines. Greenfire Management Services brings experience from its construction management role at AdventureRock - Milwaukee. The design gives special attention to day-lighting the large gym, creating a pleasant interior environment for climbers and visual interest for passersby.

Tenant Partnership:

– 10 year lease for 11,528 square feet

– The first residents of The Common Place will receive a complimentary 1-year membership

– Cohesive project team (owner, architect, contractor) for exterior and interior build-out

The Development Team began working with the City & RDA of Oshkosh in Summer 2018 to imagine the redevelopment of its formerly industrial waterfront, the Marion Road Redevelopment Area. The Brio Building is the first building in Merge Urban Development Group’s Marion Road Redevelopment Plan.

Brio is a 5-story mixed-use building including over 10,000 square feet of tenant space and 60 market-rate residential units in the heart of downtown Oshkosh. The development site includes 117 surface parking stalls and it is located within walking distance to UW-O, Lake Winnebago, the city’s waterfront bike trail, and community entertainment assets.

The occupant of the commercial space is the Oshkosh Food Co-op. The Co-op is a member-owned grocery store on pace to open in the Fall of 2021. The next phase of the Marion Road Redevelopment Plan is Mackson Corners on the waterfront.

The Marion Road District has always been a fulcrum point for the City of Oshkosh; its businesses and industry provided the very first electrical power to the First, Second, and Fifth Wards in 1885 (Oshkosh Electric Light & Power) and have literally and metaphorically served as cornerstones to Oshkosh’s built environment (Cook & Brown Lime Co.).

The 21st century vision for Marion Road maintains the area’s place as a fulcrum for energy and activity. Mackson Corners includes various residential unit sizes designed to serve a wide range of price points, including attainable micro units and waterfront walk-ups. The retail space is designed to include a waterfront restaurant, offices, micro space for entrepreneurs, and health/fitness use.

Andante is a 5-story mixed-use development located at 100 N. Farwell Street, in the heart of downtown Eau Claire. The project includes 76 residential units, including: furnished studios, one-bedroom units, and two-bedroom units. The first floor of the building will include over 8,000 leasable square feet of commercial space.

Merge worked with the City of Eau Claire to refine the building’s relationship with its Southern edge along the Eau Claire River. The final building plans include a public riverfront promenade that connects to the public trail system. The approximately 200-foot promenade will include micro-retail storefronts, waterfront dining, and public grill space.

Andante is a musical term that means “a rhythmic walking pace”. The project site is a City Parking Lot that was formally declared excess land in early 2019. The site is within walking distance to employment centers including: JAMF, RCU Corporate Headquarters, Mayo Clinic, and downtown dining and entertainment venues. It is connected to the bus line, trail system, and approximately four blocks for the Eau Claire Transit Center. 100 N. Farwell Street was also identified as an undeveloped parcel suitable for residential development in the City of Eau Claire’s 2018 Housing Affordability Analysis.

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