Shoreview Building Project

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Community Meeting
Tuesday, July 14, 7 p.m.
Shoreview Community Center
City Council Chambers

Join us to review preliminary designs and give feedback on the new library in ShoreviewHGA Architects and Library staff will be present to discuss plans and answer your questions.

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Shoreview Building Project

The library in Shoreview is the third-biggest and third busiest library in the Ramsey County Library system. The Library Facilities Master Plan (2008 – 2018) recommended that Shoreview become the system’s third regional library - with Roseville covering the west and Maplewood on the east. This would include expanding Shoreview to 38,000 square feet, offering longer open hours, larger collections and a full range of services.

A Feasibility Study was commissioned to explore options for a new facility and develop cost estimates. During this process two residential lots at the corner of Highway 96 and Victoria Street North became available for purchase. Creating a more visible presence from Highway 96 was recommended in the Facilities Master Plan. The purchase and demolition of these two residences took place in the fall of 2014.

In March 2015, plans for a new building were approved by Ramsey County Commissioners. The $15.3 million project includes $6.7 million from the sale of the existing building. The Mounds View School District sent a “Letter of Intent” to the county to enter into a lease to purchase with a 95 day waiting period. Once the library has moved to the new building, the School District will purchase the existing building for its administrative offices.

In April, an Evaluation Team interviewed firms and made their recommendation. The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners approved the selection of Adolfson and Peterson Construction and HGA Architects to design the new Ramsey County Library in Shoreview.

Design work will start in June with construction scheduled to begin this fall. The new library is expected to open in early 2017. With the completion of Shoreview, the library Facilities Master Plan (2008-2018) will be fully realized.

Read the Feasibility Study and the Library Facilities Master Plan

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Community Planning Meeting

Shoreview community members participated in a focus group meeting on October 23, 2012, to share their thoughts and ideas about the area, library services and future needs - Community Focus Group Minutes


Documents

Feasibility Study: Ramsey County Library in Shoreview (PDF - 3 MB)