Historic Walter Schmidt Tavern Development

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Small Office Suites and One Person Office Rooms Available.  Great for Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs.

For businesses seeking a traditional office environment, three office suites are available, two on the second floor and one on the third floor.  Each suite offers 2 or 3 separate offices. For businesses seeking a smaller footprint, we also offer the option of renting a single office within a larger, shared office suite. Each office has a private, locking entrance, with shared coffee nook area and shared conference. Up to six private individual office rooms are currently available (as of June, 2016).

Rent:  $300 – $800 plus utilities, depending on space

Available:     August 1, 2016


Project Overview

The Historic Walter Schmidt Tavern Development is a historic property located at 1848 W. Fond du Lac Ave. in Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood. It is being renovated and retrofitted by developer Eye Ntoboase, LLC for a new sit-down restaurant on the first floor and office space on the second floor. The development also includes an adjacent 3,600 square foot vacant lot. Design development will begin in December 2015, with construction complete in mid-2016.

The 3,432 square foot building was built in 1893. From 1935 to 2010, the building operated as a tavern and community gathering space for various social organizations, including the local American Legion Chapter. The first tavern owners were Wally and Belle Schmidt, who ran the Wally Schmidt Tavern from 1935 to 1968. The tavern was famous for its steak sandwiches and fish fries. In 1968, Mr. and Mrs. F. L. McCarthy leased the tavern and renamed it Max & Mildred’s (M & M Lounge). The lounge closed in 2010 and has been vacant ever since.

Much of the tavern’s original historic features are still in place, including a patterned hex-tile floor, finished wood molding and millwork, wrought ironwork, and embossed glass in the tavern’s entry door. Exterior features include a front terra cotta roof, leaded glass windows, and decorative piers in the Mission Revival style. The renovation will try to preserve and incorporate as many of these historic features as possible.

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Lindsay Heights

The Historic Walter Schmidt Tavern Development is one of several catalytic developments within Milwaukee’s Lindsay Heights neighborhood, which is just a few minutes northwest of downtown Milwaukee. The development is situated on Fond du Lac Ave., one of two key commercial corridors within Lindsay Heights. The Walter Schmidt Tavern Development is also around the corner from a series of high-profile new developments, including Walnut Way’s $6 million Innovation and Wellness Commons (1609-1615 W. North Ave.) and the new $21 million St. Ann’s Intergenerational Care Center (2450 W. North Ave.). Lindsay Heights is in the beginning stages of a real estate renaissance, with six additional large-scale commercial, retail, and residential developments proposed for the area.

Eye Ntoboase, LLC

The Walter Schmidt Tavern Development is being developed by Eye Ntoboase LLC, which is Akan (a West African language) for “patience.” Eye Ntoboase is a partnership between Lindsay Heights resident Jeremy Davis and Fix Development LLC. The property is being developed using a cooperative commercial property ownership model. This model is based on community-identified economic development needs, direct investment by community residents, and sustained community ownership.

Prospective Tenants

Some of the space within the Walter Schmidt Tavern Development has been leased as noted below. Some office space remains available for rent, more information above. Tenants include:

Sit-Down Restaurant (Retail First Floor)

The first floor will be leased to a sit-down restaurant, with a signed Letter of Intent in place.  Announcements coming soon!

Fix Development LLC (Offices)

Some of the available office space will be leased to Fix Development, LLC, a Milwaukee-based development consultant specializing in projects emphasizing sustainability and a triple bottom line approach to realize financial success and revitalized communities.

Bottlewood Communications (Offices)

Some of the available office space will be leased to Bottlewood Communications, a Milwaukee-based consulting and communications firm specializing in community relations, marketing communications, and fund development.