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Last week, Cuningham Group presented four options for building a library at the Community Commons site. Those four options, along with an option the firm presented last year for building a new library at the site of the current library, will be presented at a New Richmond City Council community hearing at its March 10 meeting, slated for 6 p.m. at the Civic Center.

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The five options are laid out in a frontpage article of this week’s newspaper. Also in this week’s paper on Page 6B, Mary Sather has a thought-provoking column about the community’s long history of library site disagreements.

The March 10 meeting will be your chance to become more familiar with each of the five concept plans the Cuningham Group has prepared. The architects will present each of the options and city staff will present additional analysis pertaining to site evaluations and planning issues, including zoning, parking, circulation and easements. Deed restriction information, operational costs, grants and both short-term and long-term analysis will be offered as well.

A social hour will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Civic Center with a formal presentation during the council meeting beginning at 6 p.m. City staff will present options for possible council action at the meeting.

For questions about the March 10 meeting, contact City Administrator Mike Darrow at 715-246-4268 or mdarrow@newrichmondwi.gov.

If you’re interested in learning more about the five concept plans before the meeting, the Friday Memorial Library, the Civic Center and the Community Commons are welcoming the public to review the concept designs. Members of the public can voice their opinions by filling out a comment card or completing an online survey. Check the city’s website (newrichmondwi.gov) for updates on the online survey.

This is your chance to help shape the future of an important community asset. Make your voice heard.

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