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High-Rise Building To Cost $5 Million

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Architect’s Sketch of Building Going Up at S. University and Forest Aves.

High-Rise Building To Cost $5 Million

Design features of an 18-story apartment building under construction at S. University and Forest Aves. were outlined today by Sol N. Gellmann of Milwaukee, Wis., head of planning and design for Towne Realty.

Gellman estimated the worth of the high-rise building will be $5 million at its completion Aug. 1.

The 240 apartments will be on 16 levels above a main floor that will have space for five businesses and student commons areas and a second floor of 16,000 square feet of office suites.

The building will be U-shaped with the open end of the “U’‘ facing S. University. Its facade will be precast concrete faced with light buff granite aggregate, darker porcelain enamel curtain-wall in earth tones and vertical strips of anodized aluminum over steel columns.

The building will contain a restaurant facing on S. Forest. Miller's Farm Dairy Store will have facilities with early 1900 ice-cream parlor styling on the S. University side of the structure. Four of the commercial tenants are to be announced.

The 16,000 square feet of second floor space is to be divided in accordance with tenants' needs, Gellman said. The second floor will be served by an elevator.

Three other elevators will serve student occupants whose entry to the building will face S. Forest.

Student facilities will include a main floor lounge, outside patio, main floor laundry room and a large storage area for bicycles.

The 240 apartments will be divided into studio, one and two-bedroom units and a fourth type of apartment which will have three distinct living-sleeping rooms, bathroom and kitchen.

The latter type of unit is expected to be occupied by graduate students, Gellman indicated. He said the studies conducted locally show that graduate students do not have use for a separate living room due to study commitments.

Gellman said that each apartment will be carpeted completely, except for bathroom, and will contain furniture especially designed for students.

Monthly rent per student was estimated at between $50 and $60.