Last Updated: January 31, 2024

PROJECT TYPE:

Library & Community Space

PROJECT VALUE:

$TBD

PROJECT SCHEDULE:

In December, a Request for Qualifications was issued for a consultant to work with the City to determine whether the project is feasible, and to advance the design if it is. ARC Architects was selected as the most qualified firm to lead the project, which will kick off in February 2024. By mid-March a fatal flaws analysis will be completed. By the beginning of April, a cost estimate for the partial demolition and renovation of the library and common areas will be completed for a Library Capital Improvement Program grant application through the Department of Commerce.


PROJECT UPDATES:

We listened to the community during the Osborn visioning process. Hearing that the community wanted to preserve as much green space as possible and wanted a small to medium sized community center, a new concept was introduced to the community at the Block Party at the Osborn site in August 2023. The City Council reviewed this project during a September 2023 study session and directed staff to proceed with feasibility. Staff discussed the project with attendees of the November 1, 2023 and January 31, 2024 Community Engagement Nights, with the vast majority expressing support for the project.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Matthew “Selby”
City Administrator
[email protected]

OTHER INFORMATION:

The City acquired the former Osborn Elementary School from the Cascade School District in March of 2021 and engaged Stowe Development & Strategies to help facilitate a community vision for the Osborn property. SDS developed an Osborn Property Vision and delivered the report to the City in October of 2021.

The report by SDS showcased three different concepts, all of which included the development of a multi-purpose community center. The estimated cost was $15,000,000 for the preferred concept.

In the fall of 2022, the City conducted a space needs assessment to provide City Hall and the Library the space they need for the next 30 years. The estimated cost of the proposed addition was $15,000,000.

If the library moved, City Hall could expand to the space where the library currently resides. The idea of relocating the library into a renovated Osborn School and adding community center space could provide for community and staff needs, while saving millions of dollars in the process.

 

 

 

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The renderings below show one option for what the Osborn site could look like if we partially demolish the current building and renovate it, making it possible for the library to expand from the current square footage at City Hall, and including community space.


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