The Library Board is committed to providing a new library facility for the community with the funds currently available, and acting in a financially responsible manner toward both the Village and its donors.
The Library Board, Village Board, and Shepherd of the Hills congregation are currently considering a purchase agreement for the parcel next to Candy Cane Park as a potential new library site. A summary of the proposal is available on the Building Project page. Below are questions that were recently asked by the community.
10th Avenue Location FAQs
Originally posted 6/5/2021. Last updated 6/18/2021.
Could the building be moved closer to 10th Avenue, to preserve more of the sledding path?
The architects initially proposed four site layouts, and the Library Board selected the one they felt struck the best balance of preserving the hill and green space while allowing the required amount of off-street parking. Based on the feedback received at the public information session on May 22, 2021, the Board and architects are exploring whether adjustments can be made to the parking plan or utilities.
Can the size of the parking lot be reduced and/or more parking be added to the street?
Per Village ordnance, a 6,900 SF building would need to include a minimum of 18 off-street parking spaces without a variance. We are working with the Village to review alternative options.
Is it possible to move the playground equipment further west and place the building on the corner of 10th Avenue and 5th Street?
Our architects have confirmed that there is not sufficient space for a 6,900 SF building on the Candy Cane lot. It currently has about 3,000 SF of buildable space with required setbacks from the street and utilities. If the Valley Lane right-of-way were vacated, the Candy Cane lot would increase to about 5,500 SF of buildable space.
Will any new streetlights or parking lot floodlights be added with this project?
At this point the design is not far enough along to say. The Board will make every effort to ensure that any necessary outdoor lighting is neighborhood-friendly.
Will public restrooms be available for park users and sledders?
Yes, during library hours the restrooms would be open and available to the public.
What will be done about the substantial stormwater issue in this area?
The library project engineer is working with the Village engineer to design a system that would improve the existing drainage issue.
Will sidewalks be added to nearby streets because of this project?
This project would require a sidewalk pathway from the 10th Avenue entrance to the building, included in our project costs. At this time, no additional sidewalk installation is planned.
What if construction or increased traffic damages streets?
Village streets are evaluated annually and repair projects are prioritized based on this evaluation.
What other sites are being/have been considered - what about downtown locations, or something next to the schools?
The Library Board is currently focused on getting a final decision on the purchase of the 10th Avenue property, and is not actively pursuing any other locations at this time.
Over 20 possible locations have been evaluated based on an established set of criteria. There are also costs associated with the site studies and preliminary architectural work that are required to determine an estimate of building size, placement and overall budget. For information about the project's history, please see the History and Archives page. Feel free to contact the Library Board with any additional questions.