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The former Jackie Robinson (and Peckham) Middle School is being reborn as senior apartments.
The former Jackie Robinson (and Peckham) Middle School is being reborn as senior apartments. (Photo: Milwaukee Public Schools)

Barrett, Thornton break ground on transformation of former school

While MPS reaches the home stretch in its facilities plan – which the district conducts every 10 years – superintendent Gregory Thornton and Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett finally break ground this morning on the renovations to transform the former Jackie Robinson/Peckham Middle School, 3245 N. 37th St.

The ceremony takes place at 11 a.m.

The building, which is not the National Register of Historic Places and the Wisconsin State Register, will be converted into the Sherman Park Senior Living Community with 68 affordable apartments for seniors.

The complex – which, like Bay View's Mound Street School, shows how some of Milwaukee's historic former schools can continue to serve the community in new ways – will include 39 one-bedroom and 29 two-bedroom apartments, ranging in size from 600 to 1,200 square feet. Rents are expected to run $499-$694 a month.

The community will also include space for on-site health and vocational training services, a 16-seat cinema, an existing theater, a community center, business center and fitness center.

"We look forward to beginning the transformation of a vacant building with a unique history into a new community asset that offers affordable living options for independent seniors," said Ted Matkom, Wisconsin market president of Madison-based Gorman & Company, which is developing the project.

"This reborn building will play a prominent role within the Sherman Park Neighborhood and again serve the community as it once did in the past.""

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