Who do ya know wants to buy a former library?
It's not uncommon for libraries to have sales to raise a little money by selling books discarded from their stacks. But right now you can submit a proposal to buy an actual library.
That's right, the City of Milwaukee's Department of City Development has issued a request for proposals for the former Forest Home Branch Library, 1432 W. Forest Home Ave.
Asking price? $650,000.
When the city built a new neighborhood library at 9th and Mitchell last year as part of a new mixed use development, the 14,500-square foot Forest Home branch – which opened in December 1966 when the building that's for sale was completed – was closed, its collection moved to the new branch.
So, no, you don't get the books.
But the modern single-story building has a striking design and comes with a parking lot. It was designed by architects von Grossmann, Burroughs, Van Lanen and Associates.
What the city won't let you open there is a smoke shop, a pawn shop, a gun store, a liquor store, a payday or auto-title loan center, a parking lot, a medical service building or a place that sells or services cars.
But, among the list of suggested uses are some good ones, including a recording studio or restaurant, as well as offices, a retail shop, a catering business, a bank, a doctor's or dentist's office or a personal services business.
The RFP for this property closes at 3 p.m. on Aug. 30.
This was my neighborhood library when I moved to to Milwaukee, but, hey, don't let that affect your decision.
You can find an assessment, a historic land use report and other documentation for the former library here.
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