A NEW MOLD

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Idyl­lic Beach Drive is also home to the no­to­ri­ous “mold house,” a multi-mil­lion-dol­lar man­sion that’s se­verely in­fested with black mold. Ac­cord­ing to for­mer owner Andy Gronik, a Demo­cratic busi­ness­man now run­ning for gover­nor, the house at 7736 N. Beach Dr. had, at some point be­fore he bought it, sus­tained se­ri­ous flood­ing, sewage back­ups and win­dow leak­ages – dam­ages the prior owner had ne­glected to dis­close. Gronik bought the house in

2009, moved out in 2010 af­ter his whole fam­ily got sick, and later sold the prop­erty to de­vel­oper Tan Lo, co-owner of Bar­rett Lo Vi­sion­ary Devel­op­ment (the firm be­hind The Cou­ture sky­scraper project) for about the same price he paid for it – $3.55 mil­lion.

Lo plans to raze the house and con­struct a French-style, lime­stone man­sion with 12-foot ceil­ings and a mansard roof for an es­ti­mated $2 mil­lion, says the ar­chi­tect, Wil­liam T. Baker of Atlanta. The plans also call for an in­door bas­ket­ball court for Lo’s young sons plus an­other sports room (for dad, pre­sum­ably) with golf turf floor­ing, and a the­ater.

In early July, Lo de­clined to com­ment be­cause he had not yet got­ten build­ing per­mits and wasn’t cer­tain it would go for­ward. On June 9, the Fox Point Build­ing Board gave pre­lim­i­nary ap­proval to the project, sub­ject to the vil­lage also ap­prov­ing its grad­ing and drainage plans, along with other con­di­tions.

“This may be the nicest house built in Mil­wau­kee since the 1920s,” Baker boasts, the Fox Point ad­dress not­with­stand­ing. “It’s a sym­bol of the pos­i­tive move­ment for­ward of the city.”

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