The Board of Trustees of the Milwaukee Public Library, chaired by John Gurda, took action today on proposals for new Mill Road and Forest Home libraries.
For the Forest Home library on the South Side, a motion was made and adopted to select Gorman & Co. / Mitchell Investment Properties / VJS Construction to redevelop it at the Hill Building, 930 W. Mitchell St. The project would also include development of apartments and parking.
The motion comes after the MPL's Building and Development Committee voted against moving forward with either of the two proposals for the new library space. For more background, read Edgar Mendez's story from our partner Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service.
For the Mill Road library, on the Northwest Side at 7717 W. Good Hope Rd., a motion was made and adopted to express interest in the proposed concept presented by Maures Development / Common Bond / Engberg Anderson developer team.
However, before a final decision is made the board directed staff to seek more input about the suggested second use through community meetings hosted by local city alders; ensure that the city-owned parcel is viable for both a library and housing as a second use; review the results of a developer's market and environmental studies; review the 2008 Department of City Development Northwest Side Area Plan and meet with the local alders before reporting back to the Library Board.