What is the comparative monetary cost to proceed with the selected site for a new, multipurpose library vs. the cost to renovate the existing library site in such a way as to accomplish the goals of creating a new library?
We do not have an exact monetary answer for this. According to the City of Appleton Parks, Rec and Facilities Director it could cost more using the current site. With the current site there would have to be demolition and then construction versus just construction on a new site. By renovating the existing library we might be able to achieve the short-term goals set forth by the community, but the long-term goals will require new construction.
Is it appropriate for the public library to be offering venues that are now served by private tax paying businesses? Those for example include a food/coffee shop, a wedding site, service site for startup churches.
This question comes from a presentation by architectural firm OPN. OPN was providing broad examples of what communities rallied for in order to fulfill voids in their community. This was not to say that Appleton Public Library would be offering the same type of services, rather to get people to think outside of the box on how 21st century libraries can help solve community problems.
What about concerns with ADA and hearing loops if a new library is built?
The library is committed to complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The library currently has hearing loops at the service desks as well as the meeting rooms, and intends to have them installed at a new facility.
How much will it cost to furnish the proposed new library?
Past studies estimated the cost for furniture, fixtures and equipment at six million dollars. Some of that cost could be covered by private donations.
Will the City own or lease the proposed new library?
We don't know that at this point i the process. Tax credits and grants my factor into whether the library is leased or owned. The City will work with the developer to determine the best option for the City, if the project moves forward.
Will the building look like the concept?
Possibly. The final design of the building will come at a later stage of the development.
What is the timeline for this project?
The timeline is contingent upon approval by the Common Council and Library Board. The next steps are approval from the Finance Committee and Library Building & Equipment Committee to approve the City to continue to work with the developer on the details of the project. There will then be a number of public input sessions and committee/council/library board votes to ultimately decide if this project is approved or not.
Would there be access to the new development by bus?
Valley Transit currently serves the development area. Valley Transit is undergoing a study of all of its routes to optimize them for time and ridership. The study will look at possible development in this area to include a new stop for workers at U.S. Venture, tenants of the development and library visitors.
Will there be energy efficient options designed into the building?
The developer has plans to incorporate features required for the building to meet LEED certification.
What is the size difference between the current library and proposed library?
The current library is approximately 86,000 sq. ft. and the proposed library is approximately 120,000 sq. ft.