Zimmerman teamed with a local developer to submit a proposal to the City of West Allis to develop several historically underutilized parcels. The overall Six Points plan included “The West,” a 177-unit apartment complex to provide market-rate housing for young professionals seeking a calmer environment and lower-cost alternative to the inner city.
The live, work and play development also includes a 30,000 sq. ft. medical clinic, Advocate Aurora Six Points Clinic, and spaces for a mid-sized grocery store, retail stores, and restaurant opportunities. The planned development follows the millennial demographic desire for ample amenities in walkable neighborhoods.
The West is designed around an inner courtyard, which provides space for outdoor activities, including turf volleyball and bocce ball. A below-grade parking garage also supports The West with 243 indoor and 59 surface parking stalls. The unit mix includes a range of studios to three bedrooms. Keeping the target demographic in mind, all two-bedroom units are designed as “perfect roommate units,” with both occupants receiving equal private spaces and sharing common living-dining and kitchen spaces. Amenities include a common area clubroom, sports pub, media room, fitness center, and a rooftop deck with an outdoor kitchen. The West is also pet friendly and features a 3,000 sq. ft. on-site dog park.
The West’s architectural design represents a modern interpretation of the traditional industrial aesthetic commonly associated with West Allis. Ample windows soften the building’s exterior while providing exceptional daylight qualities to the complex’s residents.