Five New Homes Will Gussy Up Corner at Aldrich and Bay

July 2, 2018

By Katherine Keller

This aerial view of Ryan Konicek’s Bay Point development on the southeast corner of Bay and Lenox streets shows the five condominiums that are scheduled for completion in October. Konicek also purchased the adjacent lot and concrete block building to house his construction and development businesses. The large parking lot to the south was recently renovated by Wrought Washer, who owns it. Courtesy Ryan Konicek

Construction of the Bay View Point condominium development is scheduled for completion in October.

The five single-family units, consisting of three single-standing units and a two-unit row house, are located on the southeast corner of Aldrich and Bay streets. Each is three stories with an attached two-car garage. 

Developer Scott Konicek (Ryan Scott Development) presold all five units, one for himself.

He purchased the parcel from Wrought Washer, originally intending to build a 45-unit apartment building. When District 14 Ald. Tony Zielinski opposed it, Konicek proposed five condos.

The site was rezoned from industrial to RT4, the city’s classification for two-family residential sites. The parcel is within the boundaries of the Harbor District and is on the southern border of Bay View’s old industrial corridor.

Fourteen people attended a public meeting concerning the condominium development prior to the development hearing before the City Plan Commission. Konicek said the majority supported the project.

“They are truly higher-end homes,” said Konicek. In addition to the amenities such as proximity to the dog park, restaurants, and bars, “it’s cool that the homes are close to the industrial district.” He said the views are good from the second and third floors.

The condos’ design is intended to reflect Milwaukee architecture and suit the neighborhood but with a modern cast. Each home has two bedrooms (with space on the first floor for another), a combination of 3 to 4 bathrooms/half baths, balconies, and a deck over the garage. The main living quarters are on the second and third floors.

Bay View Point North Elevation
Sections of the exterior will be sheathed in a 5-inch composite lap siding and contrasted with sections clad in 12-inch flush architectural metal panels.

Bay View Point
West Elevation
The new homes, 2104-2118 S. Aldrich St., face west. At the rear, each will have a deck on the roof of the attached two-car garage

Architect Robert Yuhas said the city of Milwaukee “required the design to take into consideration the existing neighborhood residential architecture.”

“We pulled from the local vernacular,” he said, “so there are gabled ends, steeply-pitched roofs, and steps that lead up to the entry.” 

Horizontal cables instead of vertical balusters are featured on the cedar-framed balcony railings. Sections of the exterior will be sheathed in a 5-inch composite lap siding and contrasted with sections clad in 12-inch flush architectural metal panels. Each unit possesses a unique sheathing pattern. Because Milwaukee’s building code requires two exists, an exterior spiral staircase drops from the third to the second story.

Konicek also purchased the 36,329 square-foot parcel with a garage/warehouse, directly east of the condominiums. He is renovating the former Wrought Washer building to house his construction and development company, including an addition for offices on the east facade.

Architect Russell Raposa said the addition will have an industrial design to tie into the architecture of the garage. City records indicate the 5,562 square-foot concrete block structure was built in 1957. 

Racine-native Konicek, 29, sought property to develop in Bay View for four years before acquiring the Wrought Washer parcels. Beginning at age 19, he and his brother purchased and renovated a number of homes in Bay View, then sold them. He also owns cabinet and millwork, metal fabrication, and construction companies.

Buy, Rehab, Sell

Beginning at age 19, Konicek and his brother purchased and renovated a number of homes in Bay View, then sold them. Here are six examples. To view before and after images, consult the Past Project section: ryanscottdevelopment.com. 

3446 S. Delaware Ave. —Katherine Keller

3324 S. New York Ave. —Katherine Keller

2941 S. Lenox St. —Katherine Keller

2355 S. Ohio Ave. —Katherine Keller

2351 S. Logan Ave. —Katherine Keller

323 E. Clarence St. —Katherine Keller

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