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MPL expects to break ground on the replacement for Mill Road Library in March. (PHOTO: Milwaukee Public Library/Engberg Anderson)

MPL hosts public meeting on Mill Road Library replacement project design

Milwaukee Public Library will host a community meeting about the new mixed-use library development on Good Hope Road that will replace the Mill Road Branch.

The meeting will be held at Mill Road Library, 6431 N. 76th St., on Tuesday, Nov. 7, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The project, at 7717 W. Good Hope Rd., is being directed by Maures Development and Royal Capital LLC. The building, which will include 65 mixed-income apartment units, as well as the new branch library, was designed by Engberg Anderson, which also worked on MPL's East Library and upgrades to the Tippecanoe branch.

The Mill Road Library opened in 1970.

Zimmerman Architects has been selected to design the library portion of the project and representatives will be on hand at the meeting, according to MPL's Sam McGovern-Rowen.

"The meeting on the 7th will be a chance for library architect Zimmerman Architects to share ideas they are developing for the interior of the new library space," said McGovern-Rowen.

"Their design concepts are based on feedback provided by patrons at our first design meeting back in August. Zimmerman will continue to collect input from the community at this meeting to inform their process."

MPL staff and Ald. Chantia Lewis are also expected to attend the public meeting.

MPL expects to break ground on the project in March.

In September, the new Mitchell Street Library – a replacement for the Forest Home Library – opened in a development that also included apartments.

Young Development, the developer selected to build a new King library on King Drive and Locust Street, is currently working on financing for the project.

Locations are currently being scouting for a replacement for the Capitol Drive branch. No RFP has yet been issued for that project.

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