On Monday night the Petersburg City Council unanimously approved the final design and site plan for the new library! They also voted unanimously to seek a company to demolish or remove the 30-year-old Romiad Building from the new library site to clear the way for construction to being in the next spring.
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Last night, at the regular meeting of the library board, board members voted unanimously to shift the new facility off of the First Street right of way. Concerns regarding existing utilities, the proximity of the facility to the power plan, minimizing the impact on Birch Street and traffic flow were discussed. The approved site plan can be seen below.
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.
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.
The Eldor and Polly Lee family have given an important gift to the community which commemorates the hundredth anniversary of Petersburg next year. They have donated the property on Hammer Slough where Eldor was born to the City for the Public Library, which will be called “Centennial Park”. This property is right below the proposed site for the new Petersburg library, and will create a park and trail to the Slough below. It extends the footprint of the library property, and the value of this land donation can be calculated in when foundations formulate matching grants. This is an invaluable step towards realizing the goal of a new library.
~excerpt from a speech given by Julie Hursey, Library Board President, at the May 18th, 2009 Little Norway Pageant
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.