Last year, we took you inside the former Hills Building, 906-910 W. Mitchell St., which is being converted into a mixed-use development that will include residential units and a new Milwaukee Public Library, to replace the Forest Home Library a bit further west at 1432 W. Forest Home Ave.
Recently, the library released this architect's rendering of what the interior of the library could look like.
I requested more images, but was told that more are forthcoming, but not yet available.
HGA Architects is designing the new library space on the ground floor of the building, which was originally home to a department store.
This week, MPL will host a community meeting about the project.
On Wednesday, July 20, from 6 to 8 p.m. MPL staff and HGA will discuss design concepts for the library. Word is that Mayor Tom Barrett and Ald. Jose Perez will be on hand at the meeting, which will be held at the Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center, 930 W. Mitchell St.
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 OnMilwaukee.com 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.