Council Corner – Library Expansion
As City Councilors, we consistently hear the need for more community space in Happy Valley. A place to gather with your neighbors, host a birthday party, and more. While many of us have spent the last two years in smaller group settings, we know brighter days are ahead. It’s why we are excited to share that the City is working towards adding a new 300 person community room at the Happy Valley Library.
To help in this effort, the City teamed up with Scott Edwards Architecture and engineers at Harper Houf Peterson Righellis. Utilizing input from residents on the Library Board and library staff members, a vision for an exciting new addition to the library has emerged.
Anchored by a large community room that is divisible, the expansion will also include a community kitchen, individual study rooms, additional restrooms, large entryway, and revived courtyard. During normal library hours, the new community room will used to host programs open to the public. While the existing library already has a community room, this will accommodate many more people and allow for multiple programs to happen at once. It’s also envisioned that the community room and kitchen could be rented out to local groups needing a space to gather.
The City is still in the early stages of this project. Next steps include seeking qualifications from potential contractors and developing a timeline and strategy for construction. The goal will be to keep the existing library open throughout the construction process.
For more information about this project, contact Ben Bryant, Assistant City Manager at [email protected].