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525 W. Lincoln Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53207

Empowerment Village on Lincoln Avenue

Empowerment Village was developed to provide housing and services to the homeless and the mentally ill. Due to a shortage of this type of special needs housing, the City of Milwaukee formed public-private partnerships with local developers to meet this unique demand.

Horizon served as General Contractor for the project in partnership with a Minority Owned Business contractor that our team mentored. We were able to achieve over 40% MBE participation.

The project is located at the intersection of Lincoln and Chase, a dilapidated corner that contained two existing structures slated for removal. Logistics and phasing on the site were challenging, with zero clearance at all lot lines and minimal area for staging.

Our team coordinated with all trades to maintain a very precise schedule. This high level of project coordination and planning contributed allowed for project completion two weeks ahead of schedule. Buy-out savings were returned to the project owner to assist with additional purchases for the project.

Empowerment Village includes resident storage, a fitness center, a community room, a library, laundry facilities, and full kitchens in each apratment.

Project Details

  • Horizon’s Role: General Contractor
  • Project Type: Residential
  • Client: Cardinal Capital Management, Inc.
  • Architect: AG Architecture
  • Year Completed: 2010
  • Units: 30
  • Size: 28,000 square feet residential, 8500 square feet parking
  • Building Components: Wood frame over precast with parking