Neighborhood libraries have long been a source of pride in Milwaukee and on Villard Ave., and in cooperation with the Northwest Side Community Development Corporation, Gorman & Co., LISC and the City of Milwaukee, an innovative approach to preserving our libraries is in place.
The Villard Square project addresses two strong needs in northwest Milwaukee: the relocation of a neighborhood library that’s currently housed in a building that is failing, and housing for families where grandparents are the primary caregivers for the children.
The project will infuse new life into the Villard Avenue Business District and also incorporates sustainable design in such a way that developers predict a 15% savings in operating costs. The design and new facility also include a park-like setting on the roof for residents to enjoy.
This year, the mayor included $1 million in his budget to help fund the Villard Square project.