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Villard Square, an apartment development that will be targeted to senior citizens and their grandchildren, will have a groundbreaking ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Friday, at W. Villard Ave. and N. 35th St.

The new building wil include a new Milwaukee Public Library branch, replacing the current Villard Avenue Library. The project developers are Gorman & Co. and Northwest Side Community Development Corp.

The 47-unit Villard Square will be among a small but growing group of U.S. apartment developments that combine senior housing with kid-friendly features. The idea is to put children from broken homes into a stable environment.

To learn more, check out the 2009 article I wrote about the project.