Archive for Friday, March 11, 2011

City to hold public meeting Sunday about library expansion design

March 11, 2011


When it comes to the city’s $18 million expansion of the Lawrence Public Library, everything from the lack of a back door to the appearance of the backside of a parking garage are starting to create questions with some neighbors.

The city and library leaders will hold a public meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday at the library to hear comments about how the library project should be designed.

“We want to hear from the public,” said Bruce Flanders, director of the library. “The site seems to dictate where the general location of the parking garage will be, but in terms of the design of the library itself, that’s still kind of an open book. There’s a lot of possibility for valid input.”

The meeting was put together after several members of the Old West Lawrence Neighborhood Association began asking questions about some conceptual plans for the building.

Kirk McClure, a West Lawrence neighborhood member, said he had heard concerns that the new library would have an entrance only on the Vermont Street side. That would make it less convenient for Old West Lawrence residents to walk to the library. He also said there were concerns that the parking garage for the project may be taller than many neighbors expected.

Flanders said the garage is scheduled to be three stories tall, and would grow to four if city commissioners decide to add more parking. McClure said neighbors wanted to ensure the garage doesn’t end up looking like a “four-story wall.”

Flanders said architects and library leaders are working to set up other meeting dates to gather input. He said plans likely won’t be presented to the Library Board for approval until September. Any plans also would have to be approved by the City Commission.


Sharon Aikins 7 years, 3 months ago

I just hope we've moved past the industrial look. This is one of the biggest jokes yet. I can't help wondering what it will really have accomplished after spending all that money. At least a few architects will get rich off this one and a contractor or two. And the location will still be one of the worst in Lawrence.

Noweigh 7 years, 3 months ago

Lawrence may have outdone itself this time....what an incredible waste of money.

monkeyhawk 7 years, 3 months ago

“We want to hear from the public,” said Bruce Flanders, director of the library."

That's mighty big of you, Flanders. It reminds me of the nasty little girl who stole the dime my mother gave me to buy a popsicle at school. Nasty girl bought herself an orange popsicle and had the gall to ask me if I wanted a bite.

jafs 7 years, 3 months ago

How do you figure that?

The expansion was put on the ballot and voted on.

squarepusher 7 years, 3 months ago

That's one of the new "feel good" lines of 2011..."We want to hear from the public". You want to hear from me? Then why the hell is it going to cost 18 million to expand a library? Tell me that, itemized please.

squarepusher 7 years, 3 months ago

Oh, and what is the per capita on a population of 87,643? $205.38? It costs each resident that much or are the wealthy paying more and not wealthy paying less. Please elaborate.

50YearResident 7 years, 3 months ago

They should invite the Borders Book Store manager to give his opinion about spending $18 millon on a service being overtaken by electronics. Remember when we had 45, 33 & 78 rpm records, cassette tapes, 8 tracks, then floppy discs for computers? Books in hard covers are going in the same direction, they are going out. As for the building design, what is the cost of the ugliest and useless front appearance of any new building? Is that an awning or just added decoration? Is it necessary or just a added expense we are paying for the architect company's design?

50YearResident 7 years, 3 months ago

Evidently you have a computer and are reading the newspaper online. How long will the paper edition still be printed? Tell me you are not using electronics. Do you have a cell phone? Remember the days of public phones on every street corner? Where are they now?

irvan moore 7 years, 3 months ago

it's the Flanders-Cromwell memorial parking garage.

50YearResident 7 years, 3 months ago

Thw new logo! Has absolutely no meaning or indication it is for a library. Must have been a 2nd grade project. It needs to be an open to the public design contest and redone.

usnsnp 7 years, 3 months ago

The meeting may be helpfull. But what I find funny is the notion that books are going away. There are more books published today than there ever was, books will still be printed and read 100 years from now. This electronic things are just a racket, show me one piece of electronic media that will last as long as a book. Every couple years they wear out and you have to get a newer more expensive one, what a waste of money. As for Borders they are leaving lawrence because of bad buisness decisions of the ceo, but he is still probably making millions. Hastings is still here.

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