Say Goodbye to East Library
East Library building closes as new temporary library takes shape around the corner.
In a little over a week, the East Library building will close its doors for the last time. Opened in 1968, the one-story East Library building will be demolished only to rise again like a phoenix as a multi-story, mixed-use building. The new building, The Standard at East Library, will be a property tax paying development including 99 apartments and a retail stall, and a publicly-owned, first-floor condominium containing a brand new 16,000 square-foot East Library.
We’ve covered the planning and selection of the new facility extensively in the past. The new facility from HSI Properties and WiRED Properties will not only deliver a new library to the city, but will generate substantial annual revenue for the city from the property taxes on the non-library portion of the development. This is the second time the City of Milwaukee has undertaken such a development, the first being the lauded Villard Square Library.
The Standard at East Library won’t be ready overnight though. As part of the deal, the developers have procured a temporary library space at 2430 N. Murray Ave. The temporary library, which will open on July 1st, will be located in a space adjacent to Murray Pantry that was formerly occupied by Stone Fox Salon. The existing East Library will be closed to the public from June 23rd through June 30th, so make sure to get your copies of 50 Shades of Grey, The Great Gatsby, and The Death and Life of Great America Cities before then.
Stop by to say farewell to the East Library on June 22nd from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Share a memory in the scrapbook and pick up a “I Closed East Library” magnet, which is certain to be a bit more difficult to come by then one from Wolski’s. In the mean time, enjoy our photo gallery of the rapidly emptying interior and new temporary space.
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Building(s): East Library, The Standard at East Library
Government: Milwaukee Public Library
Neighborhood(s): East Side, Murray Hill