News & Events

Progress report: Aperture at The North End & Fresh Thyme Market

On Milwaukee Published May 4, 2016

Aperture is the third phase of Mandel Group's ongoing North End complex. The fourth phase is underway further down the street.

Barry Mandel maps the future of his company

(Milwaukee Business Journal Published Apr 21, 2016)

As developer Mandel Group Inc. remains active, building new apartments in the suburbs and Milwaukee, its founder and namesake Barry Mandel seems to be keeping a relatively low profile in downtown circles. So what has Mandel been up to?

Inside the Aperture Apartments

Urban Milwaukee Published February 25, 2016

The Aperture apartments are nearly ready for occupancy. The project, which represents the third phase of the Mandel Group‘s The North End, brings an additional 168 apartments to Milwaukee’s Lower East Side and helps fill the hole in development between Downtown and the vibrant Brady Street corridor. In addition, the project includes the first Fresh Thyme Farmers Market grocery store in Wisconsin.

Fresh Thyme offers sneak peek of new store

Journal Star Published February 9, 2016

If you want to know what to expect from Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, think of Whole Foods and Trader Joe's.

Phase Four of North End Underway

Urban Milwaukee Published January 26, 2016

The North End, an ongoing project by the Mandel Group, has entered its fourth phase.

Green luminary: Mandel Group

OnMilwaukee Published December 4, 2015

To help highlight MMSD Green Luminaries awards, we're focusing on the winners by asking about their practices and new environmental approaches. MMSD's goal is to create enough green infrastructure in the region to capture 740 million gallons of water every time it rains, to reduce water pollution and improve Lake Michigan and our rivers. Development Associate John O'Neill talks about his company's green strategy and more.

Aperture Apartments Nearing Completion

Urban Milwaukee Published October 23, 2015

Five floors, 168 apartments, a Fresh Thyme store and a cool, curving building. The building at 1635 N. Water St. is the third of four projects in the Mandel Group’s ambitious, multi-block redevelopment plan known as The North End. Phase three started in July 2014 with a demolition of an old building on the site and the groundbreaking ceremony took place on October 13th, 2014.

Anytime Fitness to open gym at North End in Park East

Milwaukee Business Journal Published July 9, 2015

Mandel Group Inc. will fill a long-vacant retail space in the first floor of its North End apartment buildings in the Park East with an Anytime Fitness gym. The Anytime Fitness will fill 5,320 square feet along Water Street

City panel approves financial help for RiverWalk at The North End

The Journal Sentinel Published June 16, 2015

The next phase of The North End apartment and retail development, just north of downtown Milwaukee, is to begin construction soon, with a city panel on Tuesday recommending financing help for the project's public RiverWalk.

North End Redefines Water Street

Urban Milwaukee Published June 5, 2015

Third phase of transformational project fills the gap between Downtown and the Lower East Side. Heading west down E. Brady St. has a profoundly different feel these days. Gone is the feeling of emptiness as one rounds the bend and Brady turns into N. Water St. That emptiness has been filled by the filled by the third phase of The North End.

North End III is Rising

Urban Milwaukee Published Jan 30th 2015

New complex with 168 apartments will add density to an area that's booming with development. Work began on the $53 million third phase of The North End in July 2014 when an existing building on the northwest corner of N. Water and E. Pleasant streets was demolished to make way for this new six-story mixed-use development by the Mandel Group

Construction Underway at The North End

Urban Milwaukee Published December 5, 2014

Mandel Group is building the third phase of their "neighborhood by design" -- to plug "the doughnut hole in Downtown."

Fresh Thyme grocery near downtown secured tax credit money, plans late 2015 opening

Milwaukee Business Journal Published October 16, 2014

A Fresh Thyme Farmers Market grocery that will fill the first floor of an apartment building near downtown Milwaukee secured $3.3 million in a tax credit deal. The 29,000-square-foot grocery store is to open by late 2015, and will have 85 full-time jobs.

Is Barry Mandel the Michael Jordan of Development?

Urban Milwaukee Published October 14, 2014

Barrett rhapsodizes over developer at groundbreaking of North End III. And Fresh Thyme owner adds praise of Mandel style. For the third time in ten days the silver shovels were hauled out of the Mandel Group vault for a groundbreaking, this time for Phase III of The North End, a mixed-use development on the former site of the Pfister & Vogel tannery in Downtown.

Downtown grocery, apartments to begin construction

The Journal Sentinel Published September 2, 2014

Construction is starting on a Fresh Thyme Farmers Market and upper level apartments in downtown Milwaukee, the third phase in The North End development. Mandel Group Inc. announced Tuesday it had completed its financing for the project, raising $53 million to develop the six-story building at the northwest corner of N. Water and E. Pleasant streets.

Construction to begin on third phase of North End, Fresh Thyme grocery

Milwaukee Business Journal Published September 2, 2014

Mandel Group Inc. has closed on $53 million in financing for the third phase of its North End development in Milwaukee, setting up an immediate construction start. The Milwaukee developer’s six-story building at North Water and East Pleasant streets will have a Fresh Thyme Farmers Market grocery and 168 apartments

North End Phase Gets $2 Million in Funding

Urban Milwaukee Published March 6,2014

And the Pedal Tavern gets approved, with caveats, in Common Council actions.

Fresh Thyme Market Opening at the North End Articles

Published by the Milwaukee Business Journal

Fresh Thyme Farmers Market plans to open stores in 2015 in Brookfield and at the North End’s third phase in Milwaukee as it expands in the Midwest.

Mandel leases up apartment buildings in Milwaukee’s North End, Shorewood

Milwaukee Business Journal Published February 26, 2014

Mandel Group Inc. has filled new apartment buildings in the North End in Milwaukee and its LightHorse 4041 on North Oakland Avenue in Shorewood.

Milwaukee zoning panel OKs $2 million in city funding for North End development

The Journal Sentinel Published February 25, 2014

The coming expansion of The North End apartment and retail development near downtown Milwaukee will include $2 million in city funds to help pay for the project's RiverWalk and other public improvements, under a proposal endorsed Tuesday.

Proposed city infrastructure money for North End apartments, grocery advances

Milwaukee Business Journal Published February 25, 2014

The city of Milwaukee moved closer to spending $2 million on infrastructure to help the North End’s third phase, which includes a Fresh Thyme Farmers Market, under a resolution advanced Tuesday to the Common Council.

Mandel Group proposing supermarket for North End’s third phase

Milwaukee Business Journal Published March 8, 2013

Mandel Group Inc. is seeking tax credits for a 53,000-square-foot, Milwaukee-based grocery store to be included in the third phase of its North End project in the Park East corridor in downtown Milwaukee.

The Tower Move

(Published August 7, 2008)

Some of you may have noticed that the water tower has moved. It's now sitting in its new home where it will be both a symbol of Milwaukee's past and future—and a great gathering spot besides.

(Published April 15, 2008)

Reduced. Recycled. And Reused!



Pile Driving Begins at The North End

Small Business Times published April 2,2008

The Mandel Group announced that it recently began foundation pile driving at The North End development, the $175 million mixed-use residential and retail project on the site of the former Pfister & Vogel tannery along the Milwaukee River in downtown Milwaukee. The eight-acre property is the largest brownfield site in downtown Milwaukee. "We're excited to kick off the next step in development of The North End, laying the foundation for a vibrant new downtown community for Milwaukee," said Richard Lincoln, senior vice president of Mandel Group and project manager for The North End. The driven foundation piling will be completed this month. The pile system at The North End consists of steel pipe piles filled with concrete, which are pneumatically driven with a hammer and crane.

(Published November 19, 2007)

They’re here! Floor plans have arrived for the first condominiums on the corner of Water and Pleasant Streets. 55 homes with thirteen different floor plans are available.



(Published August 30, 2007)

Welcome to the neighborhood. In the upcoming weeks we will keep you up to date with current development news, sales and general information about the site and surrounding neighborhood. Whether it’s a quick write up about the demolition going on or a brand new restaurant that will be right around the corner, we will provide you with the most updated and knowledgeable information to help answer all your questions and concerns about our site. We look forward to sharing our vision of “The North End” with you and letting you into something the likes Milwaukee has never seen before, a true neighborhood by design.



North End project to assist minority-owned businesses.

(Small Business Times Published June 20, 2007)

Milwaukee-based Mandel Group Inc., which recently began demolition work of the former Pfister & Vogel tannery complex for the North End project, will have a significant amount of minority-owned businesses participating in the development.

SBT Around Town: Pfister and Vogel Slide Show

(Small Business Times Published June 18, 2007)

Small Business Times Published June 18, 2007- Milwaukee-based Mandel Group Inc. recently hosted a "virtual demolition" ceremony to celebrate the start of demolition work on the former Pfister & Vogel tannery complex in downtown Milwaukee.

$8.2 million in city funding proposed for The North End

(Published November 21, 2006)

The Department of City Development proposed Tuesday $8.2 million in city financing for a housing and retail development just north of downtown -- paving the way for what would be the largest project within Milwaukee's Park East area.