In May of 2021, the Green Bay City Council unanimously approved a development agreement with Merge to develop apartments and retail space along the Fox River in Downtown Green Bay. The future construction represents the first private investment in the Shipyard District.
Two buildings will be constructed as part of the private investment, strategically placed so each unit has river views. Common space between the buildings will be designed for gathering and connection to the riverfront trails with views overlooking the future City Park at the Shipyard. That City Park is expected to include floating docks, a kayak launch, outdoor recreation amenities and a plaza including a container park.
Approximately 4,000 square feet of retail space will also be available for lease at the Merge property. Architectural design is underway and with an anticipated ground-breaking in 2022.
The Common Place on Mike McCarthy Way is a 5-story mixed-use building on a former industrial site on the 600 Block of Mike McCarthy Way. The project is located in the Village of Ashwaubenon's Sports & Entertainment District, just blocks from Lambeau Field & Titletown amenities. It will include approximately 80 residential units and a recreational climbing gym.
In 2019, the Village of Ashwaubenon released an RFP for 6 acres in the community's Sports & Entertainment District. Merge was selected for its proposal for a phased mixed-use development that would begin to establish a Main Street destination for both residents and visitors within the district. The Common Place brand blends the past farm lands where the Green Bay Packers established a playing field with the present vision for an urban gathering place for sports, recreation, and society year-round.
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.
Urbane1220 is a 5-story mixed-use building on an under-utilized site on Sioux City's historic 4th Street. The project is the recipient of Iowa Economic Development Association's Disaster Relief Tax Credits for Workforce Housing, a program developed in response to devastating floods across Iowa in 2019. The site was purchased in 2020 from a private party and was developed pursuant to a development agreement with the City.
The project includes 56 residential units, approximately 3,000 square feet of commercial space, and a small parking garage for tenants. The building location features access to major thoroughfares, convenient access to public transportation, and walkable proximity to a range of employment & entertainment destinations. Residents will enjoy in-unit laundry and efficient unit design. The unit mix is a range of studios, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom units. This project will provide unique and desirable housing options for current and future workforce, aiding in flood recovery and serving the community’s ongoing competitiveness in the market talent. A unique factor of the development is the efficient single-dweller (an apartment for one person) unit design, generating attainable housing for workforce within the urban core.
Urbane210 is a 5-story mixed-use building on an infill site at 210 E 2nd Street, Davenport, IA. The project is the recipient of Iowa Economic Development Association's Disaster Relief Tax Credits for Workforce Housing, a program developed in response to devistating floods across Iowa in 2019. The site was purchased in 2020 from the City of Davenport pursuant to a development agreement with the City.
The project is located in the heart of downtown and includes 56 residential units and roughly 6,600 SF of commercial space. The building location features urban, courtyard, and Mississippi River views for residents. The site has convenient access to public transportation and walkable proximity to education and employment destinations. Residents will enjoy in-unit laundry and courtyard green space. The unit mix is a range of studios, 1 bedroom, and 2 bedroom units. This project will provide unique and desirable housing options for current and future workforce, aiding in flood recovery and serving the community’s ongoing competitiveness in the market talent. A unique factor of the development is the efficient single-dweller (an apartment for one person) unit design, generating attainable housing for workforce within the urban core.
The Stacks is a 6-story mixed-use building comprised of 180 residential units in the vibrant Port of Dubuque. The building will feature an urban courtyard, a residential fitness center, and both river & city views. The project incorporates CLT (cross-laminated timber) as a building material.
The brick facade and dark metal panels bring the historical elements of Dubuque’s built environment into a modern form. The development team took visions and guidance from the Port of Dubuque Master Plan (2002). The project capitalizes on community foresight and district investment strategy, driving greater utilization of the Port and downtown’s collective assets through residential density.
Art Bloc Project is a 72-unit mixed residential and commercial development located in the up-and-coming Arts District in Waterloo, Iowa. The site is located on the riverfront overlooking an amphitheater, providing amazing views of the river and surrounding Arts District. The 85-foot building will adds to the skyline and visual interest of downtown Waterloo, becoming a visible landmark for the district.
The North Side Yard site was formally known as the “Lullabye Furniture Site,” in reference to the furniture factory that was established at the site in the late 1800s. The furniture factory closed in the 1970s. Since then, the City of Stevens Point invested in removing contamination and making the vital site ready for redevelopment that would help position downtown Stevens Point as both a destination and a home for residents and visitors.
Today, the City of Stevens Point has a thriving creative economy of makers and young entrepreneurs. North Side Yard will feel like the walking in to next-generation Stevens Point – with rich spaces to gather, micro retail for startups / makers, and a dense housing mix that is sure to inspire lots of walking and biking activity.
The first phase of North Side Yard includes two mixed-use buildings, totalling 159 residential units. The name “North Side Yard” and the stacked timber architectural elements pay homage to the community’s beginnings in the lumber industry.