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This former Milwaukee Public Library could be yours. (PHOTO: City of Milwaukee)

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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