Milwaukee Public Library Invites Community Input on Proposed Mixed Use Development for Mill Road Library
Community Meetings Scheduled for February 26th and March 4th
MILWAUKEE – The Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) and Alderman Robert Puente will hold community meetings to share information and gather input on the proposed mixed-use building that will include a new Mill Road branch on the first floor. Two community listening sessions will be held. The public is invited to attend.
Thursday, February 26th
Lamb of God Missionary Baptist Church, 8415 West Bradley Road
Wednesday, March 4th
Destiny Youth Plaza, 7220 North 76th Street
On December 16th, 2014, the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees expressed interest in the proposal from a developer team including Maures Development, Common Bond and Engberg Anderson to replace the existing Mill Road Library, 6431 North 76th Street. The proposal features up to 46 units of affordable housing, a 15,000 square foot library on the first floor, dedicated on-site parking for library users, green space and a potential 2,500 square foot commercial space on a city-owned parcel at 7717 West Good Hope Road. The Board directed library staff to seek more input about the proposed second use by hosting community meetings with the district alderman. Go to www.mpl.org for complete information.
About the Library Development Project
This plan continues the successful replacement of the Villard Avenue and East branch libraries with new mixed-use buildings. Villard Square Branch opened in October, 2011 and the new East Branch opened on November 22, 2014.
Mayor Tom Barrett, the Milwaukee Common Council and the Library Board of Trustees have identified $18 million for the library redevelopment project. MPL anticipates spending $4.5 million on each of the four libraries slated for redevelopment – Forest Home, Mill Road, Capitol and Martin Luther King. In all, five branch libraries will be renovated or replaced. The Tippecanoe library will remain in the same building and be fully renovated. The renovation is currently in progress with anticipated completion in late fall of 2015. During construction, basic library services are available at a temporary location, 3933 S. Howell Ave. The total amount budgeted for the five libraries is $22.4 million.
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