Last Wednesday at their special meeting to discuss site options for the new library, library board members voted unanimously to shift the building off of the Ira II Street right of way in response to concerns from neighboring property owners. Click here to listen to the meeting and view the minutes or click here to listen to a news story about the meeting on KFSK.The site option sketch below depicts the option favored by the board in yellow.
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Wednesday, April 7 @ 6:30 pm in City Council Chambers
After hearing concerns about the placement of the new library on the site at the last work session with the project architect, they library board decided to take another look at the issue. At tonight’s meeting they will hear from Leo Luczak, Community Development Director on zoning issues and Paul Voelckers (MRV Architects) will present revised site options for consideration. The public is encouraged to attend and give input.
Thursday, November 5, 7:00 pm – City Council Chambers
The architect for the new library project, Paul Voelckers (MRV Architects), will present the most recent schematic drawings of the new library and take comments. The public is encouraged to attend.
Wednesday March 12 @ 6:30pm
The new library building committee invites everyone to review and comment on the draft plans for the proposed library facility. We hope to see you there!
The library building committee will meet on Tuesday, February 12, from 5- 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.
The architect will present 3 conceptual floor plans of the new library for us to review and decide what we prefer. After this meeting he will boil down all of our suggestions into one floor plan for the library.This is an important meeting which will help shape the direction of the project. The more voices/opinions we have at the meeting, the stronger our final plan will be so feel free to bring a friend.
Hope to see you there!
The library building committee will meet on Wednesday, February 6 at 6:30 in the City Council Chambers. Project Architect, Paul Voelckers, will present three design options for the new facility. The public is invited to attend.
At the December 17, 2007 City Council meeting, Councilors unanimously agreed to reserve the Romiad building property for the new library.
The property, located at the corner of First and Haugen Drive, was identified early on by library planners as the first choice for a new library. In April 2007 R&M Engineering did a Geotechnical Investigation that deemed the site suitable for construction with only minor improvements. This report is available upon request.
There will be a joint Library Building Committee-Library Board Work Session Tuesday, November 27, 2007 at 6:30 p.m in City Council Chambers to meet with Paul Voelckers, the architect for the new library. The public is encouraged to attend.
The library building committee wants to hear from you. The next meeting is November 14th at 6:30PM in Council Chambers. Come give your input to the funding plan and look at the size of the library we can afford to build. If our community votes yes on a 1% sales tax increase in 2008 we could break ground as early as 2009. Come help make it happen.
According to a recent article in the Anchorage Daily news “a new movement for ‘sustainable buildings’ is gaining momentum in the building industry”. For the new library project the decision to pursue sustainable building design, also called LEED certification, will be considered through the early design process. Creating a building that is efficient to operate and built to last makes sense, and it can also help us attract outside funding. The Homer Public Library, opened last year, was one of the first buildings in Alaska to receive a Silver LEED certification. To learn more about sustainable building design check out the U.S. Green Building Council’s great website.
At a meeting of the building committee on Wednesday night, getting the word out to as many people as possible before decisions are made was a concern to all that attended. Letting the community play a vocal role in important decisions will help us make good ones and build support for the project. Regular reports to City Council, stories in local media, keeping the website current, meeting with community groups, public meetings, and a Friends of the Library table at Octoberfest are a few ways we’ll be spreading the word.
You can help us get the word out. Pass along information you read on this blog or hear in the news. Tell two friends. Stay informed, ask questions, and tell us what you think.
You can listen Wednesday night’s building committee meeting or read the minutes on the City’s website.
Just as the Petersburg Pilot headline read this week, there is indeed “new hope for the library project”. During a great visit with the Chris Kowalczewski from the Foraker Group we were able to understand some of the flaws with the library-museum project and make sure that we don’t repeat the same mistakes twice.
We need to strike a balance between available funding, construction costs, and ongoing operations and maintenance costs if the project is to succeed. And, with help from the Foraker Group, we’ll be working to strike that balance over the upcoming months. With careful planning and lots of public involvement we hope to come up with a plan for a new library that is realistic and one that the community supports.