Schematics and renderings of the branch from krM Architecture+ reflect previous input from neighborhood residents. Their suggestions have included the need for easy access and open spaces for programming, community meetings, study areas and computers.
The 20,000-square-foot Michigan Road Branch will feature spaces for early literacy programming, study, research and job skills counseling, seating for 100 patrons, a computer lab, 31 public access computers, and a 100-seat community meeting room with integrated audio-visual equipment. The location of the branch is intended to reduce a large geographical service gap and maximize access to services, collections and technology. The building is designed to conserve energy and resources and will be eligible for LEEDv4 Silver Certification.
The groundbreaking on the site occurred on November 3, 2017 with anticipated completion in the fall of 2018. The $7.4 million branch will be funded by a bond issue approved by the Indianapolis City-County Council and assessed with no increase in the Library’s current debt service tax rate.