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Six-story apartment building proposed for Wells St.

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Photo by Xidan Zhang/ xidan.zhang@mu.edu

Photo by Xidan Zhang/ xidan.zhang@mu.edu

A six-story student apartment complex has been proposed for 1400 W. Wells Street, which would result in the demolition of Sweeney’s College Books, Kampus Foods, and Subway.

Andrew Brodzeller, a senior communication specialist in the Office of Marketing and Communication, said Opus Development Corp., the developer, has received the full support of the university and discussed the proposal with other stakeholders in the area, including the Avenues West Association.

Richard Bernard, a sophomore in College of Business Administration, said removing Sweeney’s from campus will make purchasing textbooks more costly.

“I have saved a lot of money on books buying them there versus at Bookmarq,” Bernard said. “If Sweeney’s is gone, my options would definitely be limited.”

In a Dec. 19 article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Alderman Robert Bauman said the complex would have 75 to 85 apartments and house 120 to 160 students. A CVS pharmacy is planned for 12,400 square feet of street-level commercial space, Bauman said in the article.

Omar Shanaa, a Kampus Foods employee whose father owns the store, said they do not plan on relocating after demolition.

“We have no future plans for the store,” Shanaa said.

The demolition of Kampus Foods would mean changes for some students.

“I would probably have to take the bus regularly now for even the small things that Kampus Foods has cheaper,” Bernard said.

Despite the possible negative consequences students face from the loss of stores, Bernard said providing more student housing options would benefit the campus.

“It would have more of an effect on a greater number of people,” Bernard said. “Getting cheaper food is great, but the new housing for students would positively impact the campus as a whole.”

If approved, Opus plans to begin construction in the spring of 2013 and finish by June 2014. The city’s plan commission will be reviewing the project this month.

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