The Alexander Company showed off its $44 million redevelopment of six historic buildings at the Soldiers Home complex Thursday afternoon.
Built in 1867 to house soldiers returning from the Civil War, much of the historic complex, located behind the Milwaukee Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, has been vacant for decades. But come spring 2021, veterans will again reside in 101 apartments in the century-and-a-half-old complex.
The signature building, Old Main, was used as a long-term care center for veterans in 1989. At its peak, it had approximately 1,000 veterans living in bunk beds within its walls.
When Alexander finishes its work, the four-story building will be home to 80 apartments, all but 10 of which have one bedroom. The units will be solely for veterans that were homeless or at-risk for homelessness.
The rehabilitated buildings will be managed by the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee. A total of 25,000 square feet of space is being set aside within Old Main for wraparound services.
This article was originally published by Jeramey Jannene in Urban Milwaukee.