Saturday, May 28, 2011

New Viroqua Library Moves into Conceptual Design Phase

Conceptual design is next for library plan.  (Vernon County Broadcaster, 5/25/2011)

Excerpt: The conceptual design for a new Viroqua Public Library/Cultural and Community Center could be ready for the public to view in late July or early August.

The Viroqua library task force's architectural firm, PSA Dewberry, hosted sessions last Thursday and Friday talking to different community groups to gather information on a conceptual design for the library. Terry Martin, an architect with PSA Dewberry, said information gathering for the conceptual design went "very well" and an average of 35 people attended each session.

At the meetings it was unveiled that the library has obtained a state community development block grant of $22,500 to help pay for planning. Cindy Jaggi of Economic Development Partners, which is developing funding sources for the project, said that a $750,000 community development block grant application was in the works for the library, in addition to other grant applications.

Martin said as PSA Dewberry gathers information and puts together the conceptual design, its financial partners are working on public and private money sources for a new library.

The library task force has been in the process of planning for a new library for several years. The current library is deemed undersized for its usership and programming. A new library is expected to cost between $5-8 million and be approximately 30,000 square feet in size on a 1.5-acre parcel of land.

Related articles:  
Library project gets aid from city.  (6/7/2010)
New library cost estimate:  $5.7 million.   (5/20/2010)
Library building project update.  (3/15/2010)
Viroqua's McIntosh Memorial Library Space Needs Study Update.  (1/16/2010) 
Viroqua's McIntosh Memorial Library Space Needs Task Force.  (12/28/2009)
Viroqua's long look at a new library facility.  (11/6/2009)

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