During the second annual South Kansas City Block Party on Saturday, October 13, 2018, Mid-Continent Public Library announced that it is finalizing a long-term lease with LANE4 Property Group to relocate its Red Bridge Branch within the Red Bridge Shopping Center. Currently located at 11140 Locust Street, the new home of the Library’s Red Bridge Branch will be at 453B Red Bridge Road―adjacent to the Euston Hardware Store in a space previously occupied by a bowling alley.
“We’re very excited about our move within the Red Bridge Shopping Center,” said MCPL Director and CEO Steven V. Potter. “Not only will the new facility upgrade our space; it will also allow us to remain close to all of the amazing development and growth that is occurring in the area. As a gathering place for friends and neighbors, there is no better spot for the Library to be than in the heart of this thriving community.”
The new facility boasts 14,352 square feet―more than 2,300 larger than MCPL’s current location―as well as improved visibility from Red Bridge Road.
“Ensuring that our customers have access to the services of a 21st Century library is critical,” said Sherry Bridges, Red Bridge Branch Manager. “This new building will allow us to better accomplish this mission and serve the residents of South Kansas City who we know and love.”
The new Red Bridge Branch will include a community room, collaboration rooms, a children’s area, new furniture, new public computers, an outdoor seating area, and more. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin in January and will be completed in 2019. During construction, the current Red Bridge Branch will remain open.
“LANE4 Property Group is pleased to partner with Mid-Continent Public Library on this project, which we feel will be a tremendous benefit to residents of South Kansas City,” said Owen Buckley, President of LANE4 Property Group.
The Red Bridge Branch is one of many projects that Mid-Continent Public Library is undertaking over the next few years as it continues to execute the five-year Capital Improvement Plan that it launched in May 2018. Made possible by increased funding from the passage of Proposition L by voters in 2016, the Capital Plan will touch all 31 of the Library’s existing branches and add two new ones by 2022.
While the upgrades at each branch vary based on individual community needs and the building’s current condition, the Library’s goal has been to create more intentional spaces and improve essential technology. In addition to all the physical upgrades, the increased funding approved by voters in 2016 has allowed MCPL to expand branch hours, enhance special services, augment early literacy efforts, and buy more materials.
More information about the Red Bridge Branch and all of the Library’s construction projects can be found at mymcpl.org/Community.
- MCPL Marketing Team