On April 4, 2017, the vote passed to update and renovate the Villa Park Public Library.
This past year, the Library Board held nine public meetings inviting members of the community to review information on existing building needs and to give input on possible solutions that would best address these building needs. Preliminary plans included a complete renovation and an expansion of approximately 12,000 square feet. In response to the community’s concerns with the potential costs of the project, both the amount of glass used and the square footage of the expansion were reduced to minimize the costs.
Working with Williams Architects of Itasca, Illinois, the Library Board reviewed the project plan and a plan of finance at its meeting on November 7, 2016. The Library Board determined that it should ask the community for a renovation and expansion of the existing library facility as the best solution to address major building system needs and space constraints.
Subject to Village Board approval, the Library Board asked the community for a vote on April 4, 2017. View the document here.
The Library Board had scheduled the following community engagement meetings (2017):
- Monday, January 16 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
- Wednesday, February 8 from 7: 00 pm to 9:00 pm
- Thursday, March 9 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm
- Saturday, March 18 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
A facility analysis of the library building was completed this past year as part of the Library’s 2014 Strategic Plan. The analysis identified major system repairs which should be completed over the next five years. In order to address these needs as well as the need for additional library and parking space, the Library Board contracted with Williams Architects of Itasca, to evaluate options for improving or replacing building systems, improving library space, and enhancing services to patrons. Any building project will require a referendum to provide the funding needed.
The existing building was built in 1969. Nearly 20 years ago, limited interior remodeling was done to accommodate technology and make more efficient use of existing space. No additional space was added at that time. No major system components were updated.
Daily Herald Article 4/10/2017