The Whitney School near downtown Green Bay is spearheading the revival of that area of town, and it is starting with living space.
“This project here–Whitney School—is something that we always knew could be renovated into something that the city would be very proud of and would help us in our goals of retaining talent and attracting talent,” said Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt.
It might look like a horror movie right now, but by the end of the year, people are actually going to be living here.
“It’s really going to help Green Bay elevate what we’re trying to do here, and again, have multiple places where people can live,” he said.
$9 million are being pumped into the project. The new Whitney School Lofts will have three floors, 23 rooms.
Each classroom is turning into an apartment, with a gym on the third floor, and plenty of greenspace.
The city went through several developers with several ideas, but there’s more to it than that.
“You also want them to have some experience and it’s nice when they have a lot of money,” said Schmitt. “So, we found Lindsey [Bovinet].”
Townhomes are also waiting in the wings, with a few million more dollars being invested after the apartments.
“We really feel like we’re fortunate enough to have a community that’s got age and substance to it, and we’re able to come put this right in the middle of it,” said Lindsey Bovinet, from developer MKE View.
For Green Bay, preserving the history and converting it for a new generation is all part of the plan, and Whitney School is no exception.
“I would much rather preserve the historic buildings we have here in Green Bay and get the right developer and get the right financing so that we can make this into something that will stand the test of time and help us be more competitive,” said Schmitt.
People can start moving into the apartments in late fall.
Phase II of the project–the twelve townhomes nextdoor–will break ground this spring.