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MLK Library Apartments


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.

Categories: Affordable Housing, Civic & Institutional, Mixed-Use, Multifamily
Location: 310 W. Locust St, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Completion Date: Under Construction

Client: EMEM Group + General Capital Group

Project Data:
  • Three total buildings
  • 17,200 ground floor space for future MLK library
  • 93 apartments, including:
    • Eight live/work, two-story apartments that include a ground-floor retail space and separate, private entrance in back
Number of units: 93
Units per acre: 45
Interior amenities:
  • Clubroom
  • Fitness Room
Exterior amenities:
  • Green roof

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