Just before work began to transform the so-called “Milwaukee Fortress” building – erected as the home to F. Mayer Boot & Shoe Co. in Brewers’ Hill – began last year, we took you inside for a look around and shared its history.

Then, in spring, we got another peek while construction was underway.

Now, as the leasing office hangs its “open” sign to begin renting apartments for January move-in, we took another tour of the $51 million project by The Alexander Company, based in Madison.

JP Cullen, formerly headquartered in Brookfield but now itself resident in the Fortress since June 22, is doing the construction work.

According to Alexander Company President Joe Alexander, the Fortress project is the largest adaptive reuse project – based on cost – currently underway in the state.

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This article was originally published by Bobby Tanzilo in OnMilwaukee.