About the project

MLK Library | mixed-use development

About the Project

General Capital Group LLP & EMEM Group broke ground in the Spring of 2023 on the redevelopment of the current Milwaukee Public Library’s King Drive branch with a new mixed-use development including the library and affordable housing.

Originally built in 1971, the current library is part of a generation of one-story libraries whose mechanical systems are failing.  Above the library will be three-stories of apartments.

The greater development includes two other buildings, including the Garfield Theatre. The theatre have it’s exterior façade restored along with its trademark marquee.

In an effort to bring more affordable housing options to the current neighborhood’s population, 20% of the units will be prioritized for people that already live in the area. In addition, units will be set aside for those in need of supportive housing as well as veterans.


310 W. Locust St.


Three buildings:

- A four-story building with the 17,000 s.f. library at the ground floor and 42 apartments above.

- A four-story building with a total of 43 units including multi-story townhouses.

- The Garfield Theater is slated to be renovated to include eight live-work, two-story apartments. Tenants would have street front retail space, with a private entrance in the back.


Construction to begin Spring 2023