Voters generously approved of a new levy in May 2018, but in reality we will not see any additional funding until April 2019. Additionally, we are committed to seeking community input from communities across the county in order to make the best improvements at each location. Local architectural design firm FTC&H has already started initial work on the Price Hill Branch Library because of its closure in July 2018 due to a partial ceiling collapse.
Accessibility projects are our #1 priority, and we have already connected with the local groups, including Design Impact and FTC&H to start the planning work to re-envision the Price Hill, Walnut Hills, and Madisonville branch libraries ensuring they are accessible to everyone including those with disabilities. Structural issues at Price Hill mean that this branch will be first to undergo improvements. Other priorities will be identified through the process of developing the Facility Master Plan, which will be shared out with the public once it’s completed at the end of 2019. For any new builds that may come out of this process, the Library will seek LEED certification
Once complete at the end of 2019, the facility master plan will help guide the process improvements at other locations. We will post that information in the facilities portion of our web site as it becomes available.
Administrative and facilities staff will seek and use input from architects, design professionals, community members, businesses, Library staff and other stakeholders to develop recommendations that are then shared with the Board of Trustees for their consideration
In the short term, we’ve hired the local architectural firm FTC&H to do the work on the Price Hill, Walnut Hills and Madisonville branches, as well as the local nonprofit, Design Impact, to lead our community engagement work. Throughout the development of the Facilities Master Plan, Group 4 will engage with local firms, such as Brown Engineering and Construction and elevar design group, to complete certain tasks. When the Library puts out a public call for bids to do specific work, local companies are encouraged to respond.
Major improvements at locations other than the accessibility projects will not move forward until the completion of the facility master plan and robust community, stakeholder and staff engagement has occurred. It is anticipated that the Facility Master Plan will be completed in late 2019. After that, improvement work at branches will happen in phases. A timeline will be developed and shared with the public. In the meantime smaller improvements such as new furniture and technology will be purchased as needed and as funding is available.
Throughout the summer, all our branches will host a Community Listening Session. Visit our event calendar to find a Community Listening Session in your neighborhood.
Updates on each branch project will be posted on their branch pages, which can be accessed from the Library Locations web page.
The Library is more than happy to send a representative to a meeting of your group. Please contact Justyn Rampa, Customer Experience Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org
None of these kinds of decisions have been made yet, and they will not be made without first seeking community input. Also, the development of the Facility Master Plan will help the Library learn about important issues, like the county’s current and projected population size and make-up, community needs, and projected costs. This information needs to be gathered and reviewed before big decisions are made.
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