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Half of Kendal Lofts apartments open next week in downtown Waukesha

Other rooms will open Oct. 1

The Kendal Lofts open Sept. 1 in downtown Waukesha. The lofts have a custom look similar to other properties in the Third Ward and downtown Racine.

The Kendal Lofts open Sept. 1 in downtown Waukesha. The lofts have a custom look similar to other properties in the Third Ward and downtown Racine. Photo By Submitted Photo

Aug. 20, 2013

It's taken longer than anticipated, but tenants will soon be moving into the Kendal Lofts complex in downtown Waukesha.

Half of the 42 units, those on the second and third floors, open Sept. 1.

The other half, on the fourth floor, will open a month later, said Kendal Group LTD General Manager Heidi Miller.

The apartment complex, which consists of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and lofts, was originally scheduled to be finished in July.

But Miller said the exposed timber frame featured in the building (similar to buildings in the Historic Third Ward in Milwaukee) was a challenge that ultimately pushed the opening date back by a couple of months.

"It's kind of a unique product," said Miller, adding the 100 percent concrete structure adds to the energy efficiency of the building. "People love it so far, as everything is custom. We thought it would be neat."

The Waukesha location adds to the three other Kendal Group LTD properties across the area.

The Dwell Bay View, 2440 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., is in Bay View, the Junior House Lofts, 710 S. 3rd St., is in the Walkers Point Third Ward in Milwaukee and The River Bend Lofts is in downtown Racine.

The Kendal Group LTD acquired the Racine property, which also has timber-framed lofts, while it opened the two Milwaukee-area locations in the last two years.

Miller said coming to Waukesha started with initially wanting to build a restaurant along the Fox River. A restaurant didn't materialize, but Miller couldn't be more pleased with the apartment complex.

"The river was a draw for us," Miller said.

Tours for prospective tenants are being scheduled by appointment, Miller said.

For more information on Kendal Lofts, visit www.kendallofts.com.

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