Which One Will It Be for the Madison Public Library Main?

After a four-year hiatus, Madison WI is planning to rebuild its main library.

More than 50 people came to the city’s Library Board meeting Thursday to hear from representatives of T. Wall Properties and the Fiore Cos., both of which are vying to rebuild the city’s downtown library, 201 W. Mifflin St.

Though only a fraction of attendees spoke on the two plans, most seemed to favor the Fiore Companies plan, which would use an adjacent property already owned by the company on West Washington Avenue to create a six-story, stand-alone library that is part of an “integrated block” with other nearby buildings.

The plan put forth by T. Wall Properties, which was the impetus for restarting talks on rebuilding Central Library after four years, would use the current location on West Mifflin Street to create a nine-story, mixed-use development with the library located on three floors between first-floor retail and top-floor office space.

Though the T. Wall library would have a separate entrance for the library and the potential for first-floor space in the form of a library store, attendees who spoke out said the importance of the building’s civic use should demand a strong street-level presence. Madison.com.