Milwaukee North Avenue Market food hall wins key financing piece

A neighborhood-oriented food hall coming to Milwaukee’s Uptown Crossing area near the Wauwatosa border has received a key part of its financing package.

The $2.2 million North Avenue Market, 5900 W. North Ave., is being created within a former Associated Bank branch.

The Milwaukee Economic Development Corp., a nonprofit business lender, on Wednesday approved a $1.86 million loan to help finance the purchase of the building and its renovations.

North Avenue Market is being developed by Christopher Harris-Wimsatt.

Around 7,700 square feet of the 9,400-square-foot building will be converted into space for Harris-Wimsatt’s businesses: A Taste of Java coffee shop and Speakeasy Bar and Lounge, according to a MEDC report.

The remaining 1,700 square feet will be converted to space for additional complementary businesses, the report said.