November 1, 2021
Mid-Continent Public Library is heading into the final stretch of its Capital Improvement Plan, a multi-year project that has impacted nearly every building in its 33-location, three-county system. Funded by Proposition L, a tax increase approved by voters in 2016, the Capital Plan has allowed the Library to expand its hours, resources, and services, as well as renovate or replace its aging buildings.
As part of this, the Library recently finalized plans for its North Oak Branch, which will close at 5:00 p.m. on November 28 and is estimated to reopen in late Spring 2023. During the closure, North Oak Branch customers are encouraged to use the Library’s Antioch Branch. The existing North Oak Branch building will be razed, and a new 17,000-square-foot building (an expansion of approximately 1,500 square feet) will be constructed on the same site. The new building will include a community program room, two smaller meeting rooms, children’s and teen areas, reading stairs, upgraded technology, and more.
The Library also recently acquired a new piece of land in Grain Valley, Mo., where it will construct a new building to replace the current Grain Valley Branch. The new property spans 3.6 acres on the west side of Buckner-Tarsney Road, approximately a mile south of the current location. Construction will begin in the latter half of 2022, and plans include a 15,000-square-foot building with a community program room, smaller meeting rooms, and a drive-through. More details will be released next year.
Other ongoing Library construction projects include:
- Blue Ridge Branch – Closed for renovation since March 2021, estimated to be complete by the end of 2021
- New amenities include a community program room and smaller meeting rooms; new paint, lighting, carpet, and furniture; and an updated façade and signage
- Lee’s Summit Branch – Closed for renovation since May 2021, estimated to be complete in Spring 2022
- New amenities include 5,000-square-foot expansion; a large community program room that can be divided into two spaces; three smaller meeting rooms; outdoor seating area; fresh paint, lighting, carpet, and furniture
- Green Hills Library Center – This brand-new building will replace the Library’s current Boardwalk Branch when it opens in Summer 2022. The 35,000-square-foot building will include a large community program room, meeting rooms, children’s and teen areas, a coffee shop, and the region’s only Culinary Literacy Center with a demonstration kitchen and incubator kitchens.
- Woodneath Library Center – A new auditorium with 236 fixed seats, as well as additional outdoor amenities, including an amphitheater, are being constructed behind the existing Library building for large-scale events. This project is estimated to be complete this winter.
The Library is working with Sapp Design Architects, Helix Architecture + Design, and JE Dunn to execute its Capital Plan. One of the last projects in the Plan will be to upgrade the Library’s Riverside Branch. More details about this will be released in the future.
More information about all the Library’s construction projects can be found at mymcpl.org/Community.
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