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Rochester Public Library Expansion

Plans are in motion for Rochester Public Library to begin a study of a two-floor addition to the downtown location, a renovation that would nearly double the facility in size, and cost an estimated $47 million to $55 million.

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Project Information

About the project

Project Phase:

Concept

Impacts:

Education, Reading, Vision/Identity   Education/Learning Environment, Waterfront  

Collaborators

Contact: John Hunziker ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: Rochester Public Library

Collaborators: Rochester Public Library

Related Projects

Creating a 21st Century Community Space ; Education, Health and Recreation Space (DMC UMR/Rec sub-district) ; Envisioning a 21st Century City: Regional Issues, Global Perspectives ; Integrated Recreation, Education, Living Space (iREL) Rochester Family Y 2020 Plan Concept

 

Detailed Description

The 21st Century Library for a vibrant city.

The role of a community library continues to evolve. Without enough square footage, programs compete for space on a weekly basis, preventing the Library from meeting public demand.

THE SOLUTION

After a full examination of other options, Library officials determined the most cost-effective solution is a $55 million renovation and expansion of the current building. RPL is exploring funding options through City of Rochester, Olmsted County, Destination Medical Center (DMC), and philanthropic gifts from foundations, corporations, and individuals.

• Provide a Youth Floor for children and teens.
• Utilize flexible and balanced (quiet/loud) space for programming, collaboration, and engagement. 
• Connect varied generations, ability levels, and cultures in new ways. 
• Strengthen the community with information and technology. 
• Spark imagination and innovation through new opportunities.

 

PB Article:

Plans are in motion for Rochester Public Library to begin a study of a two-floor addition to the downtown location, a renovation that would nearly double the facility in size, and cost an estimated $47 million to $55 million.

The library is the gathering place of the community, a space that shows a true cross-section of the community's populous, said Library Director Audrey Betcher at a Rochester Library Board meeting Wednesday.

Funding sources for the 80,000-square-foot addition and renovation could include a similar cross-section of the community. A preliminary outline of financing proposed support from local government, local business, nonprofit organizations and citizen donors.

"What we're trying to do is show that the community is willing to pay for some of it," said John Hunziker, library communications manager, during a presentation detailing the library expansion.

Hunziker's preliminary funding sources showed the city of Rochester issuing bonds for $20 million to $40 million of the cost; Olmsted County contributing significantly; and Destination Medical Center adding a large sum. A public fundraising effort would account for about $3 million.

 

 

 

Project Status/News

March 02, 2016 TBD: Fundraising questions for RPL expansion

Sixty-three people were interviewed for the survey, plus an online survey yielded 263 responses. It was done in part to assess how fundraising for the project would go; the document refers to a $3 million fundraising campaign for the project.

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    Last modified by support on 2019/11/18
    Created by allnode on 2015/07/16

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