I just started following the library building process. What planning has been done up until this point?

I just started following the library building process. What planning has been done up until this point?

The planning process began in 2008 with a Building and Services Study. All recommendations from that study that could be accomplished in the existing facility have been completed. A Program Design Study was completed in 2009 that included space needs for the library of the future. From 2012 to 2013, we completed extensive community-based strategic planning, resulting in our long-term vision and strategies.

During the spring of 2014, architectural firm Engberg Anderson was hired to update the 2009 Program design Study, which meets the defined goals of the 2013 strategic plan. Based on the assessment completed by Engberg Anderson and extensive property evaluation completed by library staff, the Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously in favor of the recommendation to move forward with a more in-depth evaluation of site 3C - the existing Trinity Luther Church and Fox Banquets & Rivertyme Catering sites.

During the August 20 City of Appleton Common Council Meeting, Council passed a Resolution of Necessity, which states that we can begin the negotiation process with the owners of the proposed site. The negotiation process continues.

September 16, the concept and budget development was presented for decision by the Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees. The library board voted in favor of moving forward with the project.

Wednesday, November 12, the City of Appleton Common Council approved the Mayor's 2015 budget, which included $5 million in Capital Improvement Project funds for the library. With this money in the budget, the library and the City of Appleton may continue moving forward with the library building project.