In December of 2020, the Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees re-committed to the redevelopment of the Martin Luther King Branch with a team of General Capital Group and The Emem Group. The developers will continue their plan to build a catalytic mixed-use apartment project to replace the current Martin Luther King Branch at 310 W. Locust Street.
The Developers were awarded tax credits in April of 2021 to finance the apartment project. MPL has hired the architectural firm Moody Nolan, the largest African-American owned and operated firm in the US, to design the new library.
Throughout the rest of 2021 MPL will:
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 state-of-the-art 17,000sf MLK Branch.
Finalize the development agreement with the General Capital/Emem Group with the goal of breaking ground on the project in the spring of 2022.