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In May 2019 Meridian voters overwhelmingly (67%) passed a Plant Facility Levy Measure for $14 million to renovate, expand and modernize our library.
The levy will pay for new library branches in North Meridian (as part of the Linder Village project) and South Meridian (as part of The Hill complex). It will also pay for a major renovation of the main branch on Cherry Lane, which is 22 years old, and renovation of a building in downtown Meridian for the unBound branch.
Timelines reflect current estimates and may be adjusted as projects develop. We will update our progress on each of the four projects on this page; please check back here or follow us on social media for library news.
- Purchased a building in downtown Meridian
- Anticipate opening in fall 2020
2021: North Branch
- Begin work on 15,000 square foot branch in the Linder Village development
2024: Cherry Lane
- Renovate the 1997 building to accommodate modern library needs
2025: South Branch
- Begin work on 15,000 square foot new branch at The Hill community campus
Architect of record: MSR Design
Construction management/general contractor: CM Company
Owner’s representative: Gretchen Caserotti, Library Director
In April 2019, MLD purchased a 3,800-square-foot building, 722 NE 2nd St. that will allow us to reinstate our unBound technology branch in the heart of downtown Meridian. Design work was completed May 2020, permits were approved June 2020, and construction commenced on June 15, 2020. Community leaders and stakeholders are engaged in the service planning process.
This project is budgeted to be paid in cash by a combination of funding means, including carry-forward funds as allowable by Idaho law, MLD’s FY20 capital budget, corporate sponsorships, grants, and private donations. There is no financing in this building project. Total project budget not to exceed $1.3 million.
Anticipated opening: Summer 2021
The lease for the 15,000-square-foot branch in the Linder Village commercial development project was approved June 15, 2020, and the interior design (tenant improvements) are underway as of June 2020. Public input on the branch is sought via online survey and a future online forum.
Estimated $3.5 million for a renovation of the 27,600 sq ft main library, 1,840 sq ft annex building & parking lot redesign.
Estimated $8 million to build a 15,000 sq ft new branch at The Hill community campus in South Meridian. This would be the final project in the timeline and would estimate beginning in 2025.