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View the revised schematic designs presented by the architects at the Board of Trustee meeting on January 29, 2014.
Public Meeting Presentation, June 2013
Your Investment. Your Library. Your Community.
The planning and design process for interior library improvements has been halted.
At the November 19, 2014 Board meetings, the Trustees voted 3-2 to put the project on hold until a new Director is in place and to re-engage with the community on the remodel plans.
Prior information on work completed prior to November 19:
October 28, 2014
The Mercer Island Library is scheduled for interior renovation and remodeling as part of the 2004 Capital Improvement Bond. To date, 36 library projects have been completed, eight are active, and three are pending.
KCLS began planning the Mercer Island Library upgrade in 2013, beginning with two public meetings to explain the project and get public feedback.
Following a January 2014 public meeting to present preliminary plans, the City of Mercer Island requested a 90-day hiatus for KCLS to collaborate with a City-appointed Library Committee on project revisions based on new feedback from Island residents. KCLS and the Library Committee worked together for four months to address each area of the remodel in light of Committee concerns.
Throughout the process, including two discussions with the Mercer Island Library Committee, and additional feedback from the Concerned Citizen's Committee and other community members, KCLS and its architects significantly adapted the preliminary plans to accommodate the community's wishes.
The plans have been submitted to the City of Mercer Island for the required permits. Construction bids are due November 4.
In August the City of Mercer Island appointed a Library Advisory Board, and KCLS continued to discuss the remodel plans with the Library Board. While community concerns are a high priority, KCLS has sole decision-making authority over KCLS facilities.
(The Mercer Island Library Board agreed with the following decisions)
The two areas of the remodel where KCLS listened but decided to retain their design plan was in two areas:
Not adding a second additional study room and not altering the proposed children's area design.