History of Woodneath Library Center
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History of the Woodneath Library Center Project
Mid-Continent Public Library has built a new library in the Shoal Creek area of Kansas City. Near Liberty, the Shoal Creek area is one of the fastest growing places in the MCPL service area. In fact, the Liberty Branch has recently become the busiest branch in the entire MCPL system.
Anticipating this growth, MCPL purchased a 30-acre antebellum farm on Flintlock Road in 2008. The Library believes the property provides an opportunity to combine a commitment to history with a desire to see growth in the future of the northland.
MCPL contracted with Sapp Design Associates (SDA) to create a library that incorporates the 1850s home with a 21st century library. SDA has experience balancing historical interests and modern needs, and created a solution for Woodneath that does just that. The plan included the use of the Greek Revival home as meeting space and the adjoining library as a place to serve the needs of a contemporary library user. The Kansas City Landmarks Commission was involved in the planning process to ensure the historic character of the property is preserved in a way that meets the Commission's standards.
The new library at Woodneath is the most advanced in the MCPL system. New technology has been integrated into the building, and public space will be a focus of the library. MCPL has built the library to LEED specifications.
On May 27, 2010, MCPL held a public meeting on the future of the Woodneath property at Shoal Creek Elementary. That meeting is available in six parts on YouTube.
The Library officially broke ground on the project on November 28, 2011. You can see video of the ceremony at KansasCity.com.
The Woodneath Library Center opened its doors on June 22, 2013.
Woodneath "Fly Around" Video
Woodneath Master Plan Concept (September 18, 2012)
Woodneath Case For Support (May 15, 2012)
Video from the Groundbreaking Ceremony (November 28, 2011)
Woodneath Site Plan (November 2011)
Woodneath Landscape Concept Drawings (June 2011)
Woodneath Landscape Plan Overview (June 2011)
Woodneath Exterior East Northeast Facade (November 2011)
Woodneath Library Entrance (November 2011)
Woodneath Western Facade (November 2011)
Woodneath Floor Plan (November 2011)
Supporting Resolution from Historic Kansas City (February 2011)
Certificates of Appropriateness (Feb 2011, March 2011, August 2011 and November 2011)