Startup Milwaukee firm Young Development Group LLC was selected Tuesday night to lead the redevelopment of the North Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive library branch.
Young, led by Milwaukee’s Lavelle Young, is proposing to build a four-story building with a first floor library branch, retail space and 44 market-rate apartments on the upper levels. That building would replace the existing Milwaukee Public Library branch at 310 W. Locust Street. :: READ MORE ::
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By Journal Sentinel
Times have changed and so have libraries.
Patrons are more apt to check out a laptop to get on the Internet than they are to borrow a book to read. Or residents may be more likely to gather for a community meeting than check out a DVD.
But that doesn’t make Milwaukee’s libraries any less relevant. Which is why Mayor Tom Barrett says he’s “doubling down” on the city’s branch library system over the next few years. :: READ MORE ::
In 2010, MPL adopted a Facilities Plan “Rethinking Libraries for the 21st Century” which outlined three development strategies to guide redevelopment of our branch library system. Aligned with this plan, MPL recommended to the City of Milwaukee a preferred development program for the replacement of the Forest Home, Mill Road, Martin Luther King, and Capitol libraries by 2020. The Mayor and Common Council have budgeted $18 Million for the replacement of these libraries, or $4.5 Million each.
The new libraries will be part of mixed-use buildings and MPL is now planning for the replacement of the Martin Luther King library.
The proposed new library should anchor a catalytic community economic development project for the Harambee neighborhood and MLK Business Improvement District. The new building located on the parcel at 310 W. Locust Street should have a signature design that elevates the library as an important “third place” in the community. In community building a third place is the social surroundings separate from the home (first place) and work (second place).
View the responses to the Request for Proposal to replace the Martin Luther King Branch of the Milwaukee Public Library. :: Submit Feedback ::
A proposal to create apartments and a new home for America’s Black Holocaust Museum on Milwaukee’s north side provides an opportunity for people to better understand this country’s racial divisions, the development’s supporters said Monday.
It’s important to have places where people can “explore how one we are, and how there is no ‘other,'” Brad Pruitt, a museum spokesman, said at Monday’s meeting of the Common Council’s Zoning, Neighborhoods and Development Committee.
The committee voted 5-0 to recommend approval of the $16.6 million development, which will include $1.4 million in city funds. Those funds will be repaid through new property taxes from the apartments. :: Read More ::
Last week Bublr and the City of Milwaukee installed ten new stations funded by a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality grant. A new station was opened on King Drive.
With these installations, Bublr is continuing to expand its service area into more and more Milwaukee neighborhoods and key destinations. Bublr is excited for all of these new stations, but we are especially excited about the installations at Bradford Beach because so many people requested it, MLK/North because it illustrates our commitment to ensure that Bublr is available for all Milwaukeeans and Burns Commons because of how close it will be to a street car stop. :: Learn More ::
North Shore Bank and the Historic King Drive Business Improvement District have created a $50,000 revolving loan fund to help finance revitalization efforts in the business district north of downtown Milwaukee.
North Shore Bank’s contribution of $25,000 investment will match the district’s investment of $25,000. The district is funded through annual assessments on neighborhood commercial properties. :: Read More ::
MILWAUKEE — North Shore Bank is helping with the revitalization of a Milwaukee neighborhood.
On Thursday, March 31st, the Historic King District Business Improvement District received a $25,000 donation from the bank.
The money will go towards the creation of a $50,000 revolving loan fund.
The loans will be available to qualified businesses looking to either start or expand in the area.
“It’s not the size of the loan — it’s the need and these needs don’t always have to be large. In many cases this is going to be a contract that these people get that they need additional equipment, more supplies, or people and then this bridges the gap that allows them to purchase the equipment and make their businesses more successful,” Michael Kellman with North Shore Bank said. :: Read More ::
North Shore Bank and the Historic King Drive Business Improvement District (BID) today announced the creation of a $50,000 revolving loan fund, to be used towards revitalization efforts in the business district. North Shore Bank contribution of a $25,000 investment will match the BID’s investment of $25,000.
The BID will utilize the fund to authorize small business loans between $1,000 and $10,000. The loans will be available to qualified businesses looking to either start or grow their presence in the Historic King Drive district. In addition to the funds, applicants will receive free technical assistance and mentorship. Interested businesses can call 414-265-5809 for more information or to apply. :: Read More ::
Pete’s Fruit Market is opening a new store later this year in Milwaukee’s Bronzeville neighborhood.
The 13,700-square-foot market will be built at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and North Avenue in a former Walgreens store that will be remodeled. Pete’s Fruit Market currently has a location at 1400 S. Union St. in Milwaukee.