Mixed Use Library Project

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The City of Appleton Common Council and Appleton Library Board are considering a mixed-use library development proposal submitted by Commercial Horizons.  Of the 5 development teams that submitted proposals, 3 teams were interviewed by City staff.  Following the scoring and interview process, the team led by Commercial Horizons, partnering with Miron Construction, Eppstein Uhen Architects, OPN Architects, and Founders 3 was chosen for its ability to address the needs of the project as well as the experience and reputation for quality the partners bring to the project.

An open house on this proposal was held on Thursday, March 15, 2018.  This included presentations by Mayor Hanna, City staff, and Commercial Horizons development team followed by a question and answer session.  Click the following to watch a replay of the presentations and Q & A session

A joint meeting of the Finance Committee and Appleton Public Library Building and Equipment Committee was held on Monday, February 26, 2018.  This was an informational meeting only to learn about the recommended proposal submitted by Commercial Horizons.  Click the following to view the video from that meeting

The attachments to that meeting agenda are also available by clicking on the following: 

Memo to Finance & Library Bldg & Equip Committee 

Library RFP

Mixed Use Library Summary Grid 

Scores for Mixed Use Library Project Proposals  


The submitted proposals are as follows:  

Commercial Horizons Inc., (Option 1 - Soldier Square & Option 2 - Bluff Site #2) (Redacted)

1 Lawrence Street LLC, Option 1 - Bluff Site #1 (Redacted)

1 Lawrence Street LLC, Option 2 - City Center (Redacted)

WiRED Properties, (Option A - Redevelop Existing Library & Option B - Library at Transit) (Redacted)

Precept Properties LLC (Redacted)

River to Valley Initiatives, Inc. (Redacted)

You will notice that certain records are being provided in a redacted form due to a statutory exception, a case law exception and/or the balancing test.  The portions of the records that are redacted are detailed below.

  • The proposed project cost, financing and schedule including the proposed financing strategy
  • The proposed rent schedule and/or purchase price
  • Most of the proposal identified as "Proposal B 1 Lawrence Street - Conceptual Development Plan"


The Request for Proposals was made available on November 16, 2017, and was due by noon CST on January 12, 2018.  The City of Appleton held a tour of the Appleton Public Library facilities and site on December 6, 2017 for developers interested in responding to the Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Mixed Use Library Project.   Click the following for a listing of those developers in attendance at the December 6 tour as well as notes from the meeting.  Click the following for questions and answers from the tour.   

A joint meeting of the Finance Committee and Appleton Public Library Building and Equipment Committee was held on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. in Council Chambers for vote.  Click the following to view the video from the 3-26-18 Joint meeting.  This recommendation proceeded to Common Council on Wednesday, April 4, 2018, and they voted 14 to 0, with 1 abstention, to move forward with discussions/negotiations with the Commercial Horizons development team on the Soldier's Square site.  Click the following to view the video from the 4-4-18 Council meeting.  The recommendation then proceeded to the Library Board on Tuesday, April 17, 2018, and they voted 9 to 0 to support the City's efforts to include the Library's needs as identified as Option 1 in a mixed use development with Commercial Horizons on the current site of Soldier's Square Parking Ramp.  Click the following to view the video from the 4-17-18 Library Board meeting.  With both the Council and Library Board supporting this action, the City will now continue with further discussions, due diligence, information gathering, etc. on topics such as, but not limited to: engineering, design, program review, financing, parking development agreements, etc.