While the overall preference seen in the Community Survey was for the library to remain at its current site or in a downtown location, demonstrated need for a significantly larger library facility to accommodate current and long-term community growth poses many challenges to keeping the library in a downtown location, namely the availability of a suitable 3-acre site.
Factors of Consideration
Komatsu Architecture specifically addressed the current site in their study and whether it is feasible to build a new library or expand at the current location. They conclude that consideration of the following factors "may make expansion of the current site cost prohibitive."
For either new construction or an expansion at the present site:
3 acres would be required. The existing library site is approximately 14,000 square feet. An acre is 43,560 square feet; therefore an additional 116,680 square feet [2.7 acres] of adjacent property would need to be acquired
May incur added expense and possible demolition of existing structures
Could lead to the city having to exercise eminent domain
Would incur expense of moving/relocating existing alley utilities
Would need to consider the additional expense of building a new city hall since the expansion would probably require the current city hall site
Other issues with keeping the library at its present location include:
Phased construction, would result in a longer construction period
Inconvenience to the staff and patrons
Periods of library closure may be required throughout phased construction
Scale of Proposed Site Next to Current Site
A scale comparison of the existing 14,000 square feet library site (right) to Komatsu Architecture's conceptualization of a new library on a 3-acre site (left)