The building will be occupied by the state Department of Children and Families. The state agency will relocate and consolidate its Milwaukee operations for a few other locations into this building.
The plans for the $10.4 million project were approved Tuesday by the Milwaukee Common Council. Korb Tredo Architects is doing the design work for the project. Milwaukee-based KBS Construction will build the building.
The building will be located along Wisconsin Avenue. A 200-space surface parking lot will be located south of the building.
Klein is buying the property from the city of Milwaukee Redevelopment Authority for $1. The site has been vacant for years. It was once occupied by an 11-story building that was a Hilton Hotel, later a Holiday Inn Hotel and later a Marquette University dormitory.
"I think it's going to clean up that corner nicely," said Dennis Klein, chairman of KBS Construction and the father of Joe Klein. "I think it's a great project."
Construction will likely begin in late summer and will take about 11 months to complete, Dennis Klein said.