Initial Designs for New Michigan Road Branch to Be Unveiled

November 10, 2016

Following their input at the first of a series of community meetings in early October, near northwest side citizens can view preliminary architectural plans for a new Indianapolis Public Library branch at 62nd Street and North Michigan Road on Wednesday, November 16 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Fay Biccard Glick Family Pavilion, 2990 W. 71st Street.

Project architects from krM Architecture+ will display drawings that reflect the programs, services and amenities deemed important to neighborhood residents and how these can be accommodated in the new branch. Architects and Indy Library officials will be available to interact with the public and receive feedback on the plans.

With a targeted opening date in mid-2019, the Michigan Road Branch will be a 20,000-square-foot, single-story structure on approximately four acres located on the east side of North Michigan Road at 62nd Street. This location will reduce a large geographical service gap and maximize access to Library services, collections and technology for area residents. The branch will feature modernized spaces for early literacy programming, study, research and job skills counseling; seating for 100 patrons; a computer lab; 53 public access computers; and a 100-seat community meeting room with integrated audio-visual equipment.

Another community meeting is scheduled on January 18 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the Fay Biccard Glick Family Pavilion to present the architect's final plans for the new branch and receive public reaction.

The $7.3 million Michigan Road Branch project will be funded from an upcoming bond issue that has received approval from the Indianapolis City-County Council and will be assessed without any increase in the Library's current debt service tax rate.

In addition to the community meetings, citizens can learn more about the planned Michigan Road Branch and other Library capital projects at indypl.org/renovations.