A inventive financing scheme was use to allow a senior dwelling group within the historic Italian-American neighborhood of Milwaukee to pencil out.
St. Rita Sq., a $28.9 million city senior dwelling condominium group on Milwaukee’s Decrease East Facet, continues Capri Communities’ mission of “enriching the lives of residents by service and dedication to household and group.” The corporate’s tagline, “Take pleasure in life,” is clear all through the event.
Via a longstanding relationship with the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Capri Senior Communities bought the getting older St. Rita Church campus, which included a vacant college and adjoining convent, for a greenback. In return, Capri agreed to construct a brand new church together with a 118-unit senior dwelling facility, after which promote the church again to the Catholic archdiocese for a greenback.
The restored bronze statue of the archangel Gabriel, by Italian artist Gaetano Trentanove (1858-1937), sits atop the brand new St. Rita Church in Milwaukee’s Decrease East Facet. Picture: Tricia Shay Images
DEEP ROOTS IN MILWAUKEE’S ITALIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY
St. Rita is deeply rooted in Milwaukee’s historic Italian-America neighborhood; a lot of its parishioners come from the Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Church, which closed greater than 50 years in the past. Whereas the parish is flourishing, the constructing had grow to be pricey to keep up and introduced accessibility points for the getting older members of the congregation.
Led by native design agency AG Structure, the mission crew seemed to honor the previous whereas forging into the longer term. The dedication to the group remained on the coronary heart of the planning and approval course of. By tearing down the prevailing church, college, and convent, together with two multitenant residential buildings, the positioning offered the area wanted for 118 items of unbiased dwelling, reminiscence care, and assisted dwelling.
Neighborhood room at St. Rita Sq.. AG Structure was the architect. Direct Provide Aptura did the interiors. Picture: Direct Provide Aptura
The design resolution evolves Capri Communities’ profitable senior dwelling mannequin by translating a horizontal suburban configuration right into a vertical city resolution. The design and amenity providing pays tribute to the Italian heritage of the group inside a contemporary setting.
Cherished artifacts, equivalent to stained glass, stonework, the church signal, date stones, and a signature rose window, have been included into the design of the brand new church in addition to all through the senior dwelling group.
Unique stone signage marks the connector from the Commons to St. Rita Chapel. Picture: Direct Provide Aptura
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN RESPECTS THE NEIGHBORHOOD
The structure carries ahead the acquainted really feel of each the earlier church and the varieties and shapes discovered within the adjoining neighborhood. Setbacks at various heights keep a way of modesty and scale whereas offering residents with spectacular metropolis views. The inside design incorporates a mixture of native textural supplies, equivalent to Cream Metropolis brick, with vibrant colours and themes present in Italy, particularly Porticello, Sicily.
The picture of St. Rita and her yellow rose offered inspiration for particulars equivalent to floral materials and paintings in addition to gold parts.
Accomplished in August 2020, the city infill mission has grow to be a vibrant mixed-use setting with a liturgical setting that gives seniors a novel housing possibility and helps an lively getting older way of life within the Milwaukee market.
Facilities and companies embody a personal outside gathering area, The Piazza, and an off-the-cuff eating venue with grab- and-go choices, The Trattoria. A health suite, occasion and actions room (the “Cannoli Room”), a membership room, and a spa and wonder salon add to the combination. Concierge companies, managed visitor entry, underground parking, and 24-hour on-site upkeep present stress-free and maintenance-free dwelling.
The Trattoria eating room options an genuine pizza oven. Picture: Direct Provide Aptura
LITURGICAL AND ARCHITECTURAL ARTIFACTS PRESERVED
The unique bell from Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Church was refurbished to adorn St. Rita Church. The bell was laser scanned so the brand new bell tower could possibly be precisely designed, making certain the construction was the proper dimension and in a position to assist the bell’s weight.
Atop the church sits a restored bronze statue of the archangel Gabriel. Sculpted in 1904 by Italian artist Gaetano Trentanove (1858-1937), the statue is a present from the Blessed Virgin of Pompeii Church.
St. Rita Sq.’s location permits residents the chance to reap the benefits of close by eating, theaters, museums, buying, leisure, the Lake Michigan lakefront, and the RiverWalk. It’s served by the “Hop,” Milwaukee’s streetcar line.
The Piazza at St. Rita Sq.. Picture: Tricia Shay Images
INVOLVING THE NEXT GENERATION IN THE WORK
STEM college students from Cass Road Faculty, a Milwaukee Public Faculty, joined the crew from Pepper Building on the job web site to study development and the expertise used within the constructing course of. College students even acquired to weigh in on the inside design of a senior condominium.
St. Rita Sq. will keep connections to the church and neighboring college by numerous intergenerational and socially accountable applications. Not too long ago, St. Rita Sq. served 800 spaghetti dinners at a drive-through. The group has hosted month-to-month Church Excursions and neighborhood occasions, equivalent to Pizza on The Piazza. Greater than 75% of present residents come from the native neighborhood.
Typical unbiased dwelling residence unit in St. Rita Sq.. Picture: Tricia Shay Images
ST. RITA SQUARE, MILWAUKEE, WIS.
Capri Communities (proprietor/developer); AG Structure (architect); Direct Provide Aptura (inside designer); REYN Engineering (structural engineer); and Pepper Building (normal contractor).
Trattoria eating space. Picture: Tricia Shay Images