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Arabella Receives MHN’s Gold Award for Best Adaptive Reuse

Arabella has added another national award for design excellence in the adaptive reuse category to its list with the Multi-Housing News (MHN) award. The project has previously been recognized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Best in American Living (BALA) award and a Multifamily Executive (MFE) Award.

What are the MHN Excellence Awards?

The MHN Excellence Awards acknowledges outstanding individuals, companies, properties, and other achievements in the multifamily industry.
MHN celebrated its 16th annual Excellence Awards with an expert judge panel across all multifamily disciplines, awarding gold, silver, and bronze in 34 categories.
Learn more about the 16th annual MHN Excellence Awards

What is the Arabella?

Arabella, consisting of 60 units ranging from studios to three bedrooms, was the first project completed at Belle City Square. This comprehensive, multi-phased redevelopment of the historic Racine Malted Milk Company by J. Jeffers & Co. offers a mix of market-rate and affordable apartments.

What Makes Belle City Square’s Arabella Unique?

A unique aspect of Arabella is the availability of first-floor units with private exterior entries. The design includes a communal atrium that transformed a vaulted single-floor factory space. It solved a circulation need by connecting two wings of apartments with an access corridor, providing flexible gathering and work areas on two levels.

What is Belle City Square’s Intent?

Belle City Square intends to create a town center and attract people into a hub of activity while offering residents new market-rate and affordable living spaces. The William, inside the property’s iconic clock tower building, opened with 90 units after the completion of Arabella.
In 2023, two new construction properties – Avenue North and Avenue West – will be introduced, continuing work on this extensive site. Each project reinforces Belle City Square’s intent.
Learn more about Belle City Square’s Arabella and read the full article on AG Architecture’s website.

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Introducing Belle City Square, the historic home of the Horlick Malted Milk Factory beautifully reimagined for today’s apartment dweller. Get in on Great Lakes living at its finest AND most affordable – right here in Racine.


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