On Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2015 the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees will host a public meeting at the library at 5:30 p.m. to provide information and answer questions about the library building project. The current phase of the project began in 2013 leading to a needs assessment. In 2014, the library conducted a cost-benefit study of various options, including renovation or building a new facility.
That study concluded that building a new facility would cost less and yield more benefit. “For the last couple of years we’ve used the Inspire section of the library’s website to post information and updates about the project,” said Library Director Doug Raber. “All of the major documents related to the project are there, including the Request for Qualifications that led to partnering with Ryan Companies.”
Ryan Companies is a national development firm. The library is working with the local office in Cedar Rapids to build a new library in a way that will not add to the City’s debt and bring the largest Uptown investment in the City’s history to Marion.
“This is a unique and innovative project,” Raber said. “There isn’t a book about how to do it. We’re writing it, and we know that despite our efforts with the Inspire website there is still a lot of confusion about it.”
At the August 26 meeting, a panel of Library Trustees and representatives from Ryan, the City, and MEDCO will present information about the need for a larger library, the financing plan, and the economic benefit of the project. There will be brief presentations about the recently conducted needs assessment survey and the building design process. Following the panel presentation will be a question and answer period.
This meeting will be will be an official special meeting of the Marion Public Library Board of Trustees and the first in a new series of public meetings to provide updates and get public input on the project.
The meeting will be held in the large meeting room of the Marion Public Library, located at 1095 6th Avenue.