Berlin Middle School Finds New Life as Housing

Category: Development, Landscaping, Uncategorized

Commonwealth and ADVOCAP are excited to announce the Historic Berlin School Apartment project received an award of rental housing tax credits from Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority to adaptively reuse the Berlin Middle School.  The historic preservation plans for the school call for 40 apartment units built to Wisconsin Green Built Homes standards with common area amenities such as a community room, fitness center, and property management office.  The 40 unit apartment project will consist of spacious 2 and 3-Bedroom units each with their own enclosed parking space.  To preserve the original details of the school the original hardwood flooring, terrazzo flooring, the original gym and many of the historic architectural details are all planned to be restored as part of the development plans.

The Berlin Middle School has served the community and been an important fixture in the residential neighborhood since 1918.  The building holds an important place in Berlin’s history, as it is one of the few remaining examples of architecture from that time period.  In addition, countless City of Berlin residents have walked the halls and are proud alumni of the school that has shaped the lives of Berlin residents for just under a century.  The development team is especially excited to preserve the historic school and ensure that it is an asset to the community for years to come, while providing a look into Berlin’s historic past.

Situated on one of the highest points in the city with mature trees surrounding the school, the project will provide a serene location for tenants to call home with close access to many of the great amenities that Berlin has to offer.  Adjacent to the residential neighborhood and near downtown, the apartment units will provide a high-quality housing option for residents looking to stay connected to the heart of Berlin.  This great location will provide easy access to the local farmer’s market, restaurants, shopping and parks.

The development is a partnership between Commonwealth Development Corporation and ADVOCAP.  Commonwealth will be providing expertise in development, construction, property management, and landscaping.  ADVOCAP brings significant experience in the development of affordable housing and will provide supportive services to the 10 units in the project that are being marketed towards local Veterans in need of housing.  Locally, ADVOCAP provides employment training, self-sufficiency counseling, energy-conservation services, and affordable housing.  In the Fall of 2015 the development team plans to break ground with plans to have the school back on the tax rolls and fully operational in the Fall of 2016.