MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – City leaders have joined downtown developers in introducing the “Trade Hotel Milwaukee,” described as the city’s newest landmark hotel.
It was called a “coronation ceremony” when a crane lifted the last steel beam into position atop the nine-story building at the corner of Juneau and Vel R. Phillips.
North Central Group, in partnership with the Milwaukee Bucks, says it will be the “official hotel of the Deer District.”
“It’s part of redefining downtown in such a beautiful way,” Bucks president Peter Feigin said.
The hotel will feature more than 200 luxury rooms, a two-story VIP suite, a rooftop restaurant, meeting and ballroom space, and stunning city views. Milwaukee Mayor Cavalier Johnson says spaces like this will help attract events to the city.
“We are seeing increased interest in Milwaukee as a great place to host a convention,” Mayor Johnson said.
Developers say Trade Hotel MKE celebrates Milwaukee’s roots in industry and skilled labor. Andy Inman, vice president of development for North Central Group, says design elements throughout the building are meant to remind guests of Milwaukee’s architecture and landmarks.
“Cream city brick, metals, masonry, wood elements will all be part of The Trade,” Inman said.
The Bucks say one floor of the hotel will have higher ceilings, higher doorways and bathroom sinks higher than the floor. It is designed with visiting NBA players, who are often much larger than the general population.
The Trade Hotel MKE is scheduled to open in spring 2023.