Near northwest side citizens will have the opportunity to learn about the latest architectural plans for the new Michigan Road Branch of The Indianapolis Public Library during the final of three community meetings on Wednesday, January 18 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Fay Biccard Glick Family Pavilion, 2990 W. 71st Street. Schematics and renderings of the branch to be located on the southeast corner of Michigan Road and 62nd Street will illustrate the concept of project architects from krM Architecture+ that reflects 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. Individuals will be able to provide additional feedback to architects and IndyPL officials in attendance.
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.
In addition to fine tuning architectural plans, work will continue on finalizing acquisition of the four-acre site and obtaining City of Indianapolis approval for zoning and work in rights-of-way. The estimated beginning of construction has been moved up to the fall of 2017 with anticipated completion in the fall of 2018. The $7.3 million branch will be funded by a bond issue approved the Indianapolis City-County Council and assessed with no increase in the Library's current debt service tax rate.
Citizens can learn more about the planned Michigan Road Branch and other Library capital projects at indypl.org/renovations.