"As people migrate back to urban cores, transforming urban relics are the answer to healing the downtown fabric of cities while providing authentic experiences for new generations living in and around them," said Benjy Ward, principal of Gensler. "The Milwaukee Post Office site exemplifies this potential."
Connected to the river walk via an elevated highway, the area contains an intermodal station that sees 1.4 million users pass through annually. With so much traffic utilising the area, the architects believe it is the right opportunity for transformation that will successfully turn the space into a dynamic urban destination.
The proposal redevelopment will include restaurants and entertainment opportunities spread across 450m of riverfront. The Post Office building will house two floors of commercial space, including a high-end grocery store and a big box retailer, with an additional two floors providing parking and office space. The current plan will also leave around 83, 612sqm of free space for future development of the area.
“We're really excited about the potential for this site,” said Garrison. “The Milwaukee Post Office is the type of [opportunity] we spend a career looking for”.