Kimpton breaking ground on Milwaukee property

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants will break ground on a project in Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward by the end of the year, with a planned opening in 2016, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Plans for the nine-story, 158-room hotel were first announced in February 2013. It then had a preliminary opening date of summer 2015.

However, word is Kimpton has been tweaking the design, with minor revisions approved Wednesday by the Historic Third Ward Architectural Review Board.

The revisions include larger windows, a relocated trellis for the rooftop bar and lounge area, and one sign instead of two attached to the building at Broadway and Chicago St., project planner Doug Nysse told board members.

The hotel will include a restaurant on the street level, a fitness center, underground parking and more than 7,000 square feet of meeting and event space, Kimpton said.

"We're excited to break ground in Milwaukee and start building what's sure to be a landmark property for this artistic and creative neighborhood," Kimpton CEO Mike Depatie said in a statement.

Kimpton operates more than 60 hotels and nearly 70 restaurants, bars and lounges in 26 cities.

The Third Ward Kimpton will be the latest in a series of new hotels built since late 2012 in the downtown area, the Sentinel wrote, including the 128-room Hilton Garden Inn, 611 N. Broadway; 205-room Marriott, 323 E. Wisconsin Ave.; the 90-room Brewhouse Inn & Suites, 1215 N. 10th St., and the 381-room Potawatomi Hotel, 1721 W. Canal St.