Brass Works Apartments

820 East Wisconsin Street - Delavan, WI

General Capital recognized the demand for high quality affordable housing in the City of Delavan, a picturesque tourism-intensive community west of Lake Geneva.  In seeking an appropriate site, a large industrial building became available and General Capital seized the opportunity to renovate an historic building in the heart of the community.  The former George W. Borg Corporation facility was built between 1943 and 1956, at the height of WWII.  In 1942, Borg Corporation was awarded a large government contract to manufacture ammunition components, including the famous “proximity fuse” used in the war. General Capital worked with the National Park Service to obtain approval for the adaptive re-use of the building into 73 workforce apartments.

The building required full restoration of the exterior brick, new historically accurate windows and other historic features.  The interior is fully gutted and retrofit to create authentic loft-style residential units and community spaces.  The building includes direct entry 3-bedroom units on the south side of the building.  The $16.3 million project is supported by a $1.2 million TIF from the City of Delavan and an allocation of affordable housing tax credits.  In addition, the property is taking advantage of federal and state historic preservation tax credits.