Good Hope Commons Opens
Apartment building is now open, library could soon follow.
Construction of a new apartment building and library on the city’s far northwest side appears to finally be headed for completion.
The project was first announced in 2014, but was delayed due to difficulties securing financing. Construction delays have slowed progress over the past year.
The housing portion is now open, but work remains on the library.
Milwaukee Public Library officials led a tour of the future library in August with Mayor Tom Barrett and area Alderwoman Chantia Lewis in attendance. At that point, officials said the library would open in November 2019. A library spokesperson now says the project is on track for a March opening following construction delays.
The apartments are a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units. Ten of the units will be two-story townhome units. The development will include 65 parking spaces for residents and 60 for library users.
The project follows a now tried-and-true model where the city replaces a single-use branch library with a mixed-use building that includes a new library that is not only more cost-effective to operate, but also a building that pays property taxes.
The Mill Road Library, which is at the end of its functional life, will be replaced and likely sold by the city once it closes. Located at 6431 N. 76th St., the old library originally opened in 1970.
Zimmerman Architectural Studios is leading the design of the library. The city budgeted $4.5 million to build out the space, and will leverage supplemental support from the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation.
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