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Rochester Public Library Expansion

Beam Project Type:     Project in Concept Phase

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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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.

Impacts

PlanScape

Level 1: Education ; Vision/Identity

Level 2: Education ; Adult Education ; Pre-school Education

DMC: Learning Environment

Community Health:

Collaboration

Lead Organization: Rochester Public Library

Confirmed Collaborators: Rochester Public Library

Potential Collaborators: City of Rochester, MN ; County of Olmsted, MN ; DMC EDA

Status Reports Related PlanScape Status on: Education, Vision/Identity

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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