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City seeks public input on site options for new library

Five design concepts for a new library are on display at the New Richmond Civic Center, the Friday Memorial Library and the Community Commons, along with a comment box. The City Council will discuss the site of a new library at its meeting on Monday, March 10. (Photo by Micheal Foley)

The City of New Richmond and the Friday Memorial Library Board of Trustees invite the public to a community meeting to be held on March 10, at the New Richmond Civic Center to discuss the library building project and possible locations.

Architects from the Cuningham Group have prepared conceptual designs for a new library at two locations within the city. The first design option keeps the library at its current location at 155 E. First St., and the second design option incorporates a library as part of the Community Commons at 421 S. Green Ave.

A total of five design options will be presented during the public meeting; one at the existing site and four options at the Commons site. In addition to the review of the five design options, there will be additional analysis offered by city staff pertaining to site evaluations and planning issues (zoning requirements, parking, circulation, easements, etc.) and deed restriction information pertaining to the locations, operational costs, grants, and analysis addressing both short and long-term facility needs.

A social hour will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Civic Center with a formal presentation during the Council Meeting at 6 p.m.

The public will be given an opportunity to ask questions or make comments during the event. City staff will present options for possible council action to be considered during the meeting.

In addition to the meeting, the public is invited to review displays of all five of the concepts at the Civic Center, Friday Memorial Library and the Community Commons. Comment cards and an online survey will also be available for public comment.

For questions related to this meeting, contact City Administrator Mike Darrow at 715-246-4268 or

Submitted by the City of New Richmond