A 3D render of Michigan Street Commons in Milwaukee.

Bear Real Estate Group Secures $20.6 Million in Construction Financing for Michigan Street Commons in Milwaukee

by Channing Hamilton

MILWAUKEE — Bear Real Estate Group has secured $20.6 million in construction financing for the development of Michigan Street Commons, a 99-unit affordable community in Milwaukee. Cesar Diaz of NewPoint Real Estate Capital originated the loan, which is structured as a 4 percent tax-exempt bond financing. Three series of bonds were issued by the Wisconsin Housing & Economic Development Authority. Raymond James was the LIHTC equity syndicator.

Michigan Street Commons will rise five stories and offer one- and two-bedroom floor plans. Approximately 30 percent of units will be affordable to households earning 50 percent of the area median income (AMI), 40 percent will be affordable at 60 percent AMI and the remaining 30 percent will be affordable at 70 percent AMI. The project is set for completion in the spring of 2024.

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