By Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer Published Apr 10, 2013 at 10:10 AM

The public will get a chance to weigh in on design concepts for the new East Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library at a meeting tonight.

Library Board of Trustees President Ald. Ashanti Hamilton, Library Trustee and Third District Ald. Nik Kovac, Library Director Paula Kiely and representatives from architectural firm Hammel Green & Abrahamson Inc. (HGA) will be on hand at the 6 p.m. meeting, held at the current East Library, 1910 E. North Ave.

The photo above is a taste of one plan for the site, which has been under discussion for years now.

HGA will show images and present a range of design concepts for the multi-use development that will include 99 apartments nesting above a 19,000-square foot library at street level. First floor retail and underground and surface parking are also part of the plan.

The goal is to get the new library built by late next year (in the meantime, the library will occupy temporary space at 2430 N. Murray Ave.), so weigh in tonight to help keep the ball rolling.

In the meantime, you can get more info on the project at


Bobby Tanzilo Senior Editor/Writer

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area. He has also won awards from the Milwaukee Press Club.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.