The first newly-constructed branch as part of The Indianapolis Public Library's current series of capital improvements will celebrate its initial milestone when groundbreaking occurs on Friday, November 3 at 9 a.m. for the new Michigan Road Branch, 6201 N. Michigan Road in northwest Indianapolis. The public is invited to the free ceremony.
Identified in the Library's long-range Strategic Plan to fill a large geographic service gap in Marion County, the Michigan Road Branch will be a 20,000-square-foot, single-story structure located on approximately four acres on the southeast corner of Michigan Road and 62nd Street. The branch, scheduled for completion by the end of 2018, will feature spaces for books, DVDs and other materials, a quiet reading room, seating for 100 patrons, seven study rooms, a dedicated teen room, computer lab, 30 public access computers, and a 100-seat community meeting room with integrated audio-visual equipment.
The $7.3 million Michigan Road Branch project will be funded from bonds approved by the Indianapolis City-County Council to be assessed with no increase in the Library's current debt service tax rate. The project's architect is krM Architecture+ of Indianapolis. The construction contractor is Stenz Construction Corporation of Indianapolis.
The Michigan Road Branch joins already-completed renovations at the Warren, Southport and East Washington branches; future renovations at the Lawrence and Wayne branches; new branch buildings in Perry Township and at Fort Benjamin Harrison; and replacement libraries for the Eagle, Brightwood and Glendale branches. All projects will be completed by 2022 with the purpose of maximizing accessibility to the Library and its services.
Citizens can learn more about the planned Michigan Road Branch and other Library capital projects at indypl.org/renovations.