The completed Facility Master Plan proposes improvements at all locations ranging from smaller Strategic Investments that will provide low cost, high impact improvements, to moderate Capital Maintenance projects, to larger Design Projects. All 40 branches and the Downtown Main Library will receive improvements of some nature over the next 10 years. Customers will not find closures or consolidation recommendations in this 10-year plan. Price Hill and Walnut Hills are the two current Design Projects.
After several community feedback sessions in Price Hill – including sharing the design concepts, Fishbeck, the architectural firm hired to do the project, finalized the design for the branch. Initial bidding from contractors was over budget, and the project went to re-bid. It’s anticipated that we’ll break ground in early 2020 and complete the project by late 2020.
The Walnut Hills Branch project is currently in its early stages, you see more information in the Central Planning Zone Facility Master Plan Document.
The project is currently in the pre-design phase. The Library has selected Megen Construction as the Construction Manager at Risk to help manage and construct the renovation and expansion of the Walnut Hills Branch Library.
The Madisonville Branch project is in the very early stages. The Madisonville Branch Library is located in the South East Planning Zone and the Facility Master Plan recommends two options for the location.
The first option is to adapt the present facility to be more accessible, while the second option is to relocate the branch. The Library has signed a Letter of Intent to lease a space in phase 3 of the Madison & Whetsel development, just across the street from where the current branch is located. A Letter of Intent is not legally binding, but we expect to sign a lease in late spring 2020. We would not move to the new location until 2022. Until then, the library will continue to operate as usual out of the current location.Community Presentations
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