In December of 2016, the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees selected Young Development to lead a new mixed-use project to replace the current Martin Luther King Branch at 310 W. Locust Street.
Young Development, responding to a Request for Proposals (RFP) in October of 2016, put forth a mixed-use project that includes a 17,000 square foot library with 1,400 square feet of retail space and 44 market-rate apartments. Parking for 51 visitors and 45 residents is included in the proposal.
The timeline for construction of this project is still under development as Young Development puts together the financing package needed to begin construction. Young Development hopes to secure financing in 2018. As the plan comes together, MPL will:
- Work to sign a development agreement with Young Development
- Hire an architect for the library portion of the project
- Initiate a design process that engages the public in a series of sessions for library patrons to provide input on the design and amenities of the new Martin Luther King Branch