Westside Library Location Selected
The Commission arrived at this decision after an extensive review process, including discussions with the community, and considering -- among other issues -- accessibility to the most number of Denver residents, with a focus on children. Additional criteria included parking, land price, bus access, light rail access, total population within one mile and site size.
Last fall, three sites were presented to the public for feedback: 17th Avenue at Sheridan, Colfax at Yates, and 10th at Sheridan. Since that time, two additional locations had been added to the list of possible sites: Colfax at Stuart and Colfax at Irving.
Several community meetings were held over the past year to gather feedback. The most recent meeting was held on Thursday, June 10. Approximately 90 people gathered at Confluence Ministries to listen to an update from DPL staff, ask questions and express their thoughts and concerns about the sites.
From here, various city agencies will conduct their due diligence on the preferred site. This research will take place within the next several months. After the property is acquired, an architect will be selected and will work with the community to design the building. Construction is scheduled to begin sometime in 2011 and the opening should occur in early 2013. The new library, along with the new branches at Stapleton and Green Valley Ranch, will be built with Better Denver Bond funds approved by voters in 2007.
For the latest information, please visit the West Denver Branch Library bond page.
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