Our view: Weiskopf Lofts a redevelopment gem for the city

Our view: Weiskopf Lofts a redevelopment gem for the city

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As the massive Downtown Vision Project builds out in coming years to transform Kenosha, projects like the Weiskopf Lots completed in 2019 may be forgotten.

But the work Ryan Douglas has put in to redevelop a 118-year-old former elementary school into a luxury-apartment building stands out today.

The project, which began in October 2018, turned into an all-encompassing effort for Douglas, president of Land-Quest Realty LLC.

“The path to getting there was long and difficult, but we’re excited with the end result,” Douglas said recently. “We’re excited how it all came together. We think everyone is going to love it. It’s a unique building. It’s not your regular cookie-cutter type. There’s a lot of character to these units.”

Weiskopf Lofts — a 14-unit apartment complex located off Sheridan Road on 812 50th St. — is one of several residential complexes being built in an attempt to address a housing shortage in Kenosha.

Units range from 775-square foot one-bedroom rentals to 1,660-square-foot two-bedroom, two-bathroom layouts. On-site parking is available. Monthly lease pricing is still being determined based on comparable units, Douglas said.

An open house will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct. 30, and the event includes food, drinks, games, prizes and an appearance by Mayor John Antaramian.

The apartment complex is just two blocks north of Antaramian’s proposed $400 million Downtown Vision Project, an eight-square-block redevelopment to include a new city hall, performing arts center, public park and hundreds of private residences.

“We’re ecstatic to be a part of the overall Downtown Vision,” Douglas said. “The biggest drive to do this development is that we knew it was an important historical project for Kenosha. We wanted to preserve it. Our desire was to maintain the integrity of the structure.”

The Weiskopf School was named in honor of Kenosha’s Dr. Anthony Weiskopf. It opened in September 1902, according to the Kenosha Historical Society, and its formal dedication was Jan. 30, 1903.

Douglas has delivered a gem and it should be celebrated as we look forward to the grand scope of the Downtown Vision Project.

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