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MPS Considers Turning Former Dover School on South Side Into Apartments

The former Dover Street School on the south side of Milwaukee could be redeveloped into apartments for teachers and other young professionals. MPS will hold a community meeting Wednesday to discuss the idea.

School Board member Meagan Holman says ideas floated in the past for Dover have not gained traction, including as an arts center or charter school. But Holman says people seem excited about the possibility of apartments.

"We know the hardest part of the teaching profession is not only the first five years, but by far, the first year. And so I think it would be exciting as a young professional to know that you are going to be living in a community of other people that are very similarly situated and that you might be able to talk to about lesson planning or stresses that you are facing in your classroom," Holman says.

Previously, MPS converted the former Jackie Robinson School in the Sherman Park neighborhood into an apartment complex for seniors. There are no formal proposals for the Dover site before the board Wednesday.