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PowerPoint Presentation that outlines reasons moving the library to downtown Laurel is a good idea.

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  • Imagine a New Library in Downtown Laurel
  •  Moving the Library to the Main Street Area
  • For Laurel-area citizens
    Main Street Merchants and Businesses
    Residents of the Grove
    A Win-Win-Win Opportunity
    Here’s Why:
  • Families – parents, children,
    seniors come to libraries.
     Libraries: A Family Friendly Location  
  • · People like places they can walk and shop – like the Laurel Meat Market.
    Downtown Laurel:A Place to Shop, Visit and walk.  
  • A library in the Main Street area
    would bring visitors and shoppers.
     A Revitalized Main Street  
  • More visitors = new shops and restaurants
     A Revitalized Main Street: A Win for Library Visitors and Main Street Businesses  
  • Enhanced property values for residents and businesses
    Higher tax revenues for the city.
     A Win for Library Visitors and Main Street Businesses 
  • Added Bonus: Riverfront Park: An oasis near the new library
    Places to relax
    Walking paths,
    picnic tables
  • “The presence of public buildings is
    one of the keys to a strong and vibrant
    downtown or town center.”
    Public Buildings Keep Town Centers Alive
    by Philip Langdon
    Planning Commissioners Journal, Winter 2003
    Experience shows:Libraries help downtowns
  • … “[T]the [Seattle, Washington] Library is associated with $16 million in net new spending...$80 million for 5 year…nearby businesses report increases in spending associated with Library visitors.”
    … “The [Hudson, Ohio] library fulfills its role as the anchor by creating opportunities for multi-stop trips.”
    Planning Commissioners Journal “Libraries: At the Heart of Our Communities.”
    Experience shows:Libraries help downtowns
  • The area has ample site and street parking, parking lots nearby.
    The site has the potential for expansion to a deck in the future
    What About Parking?
  • The current library location:A Pedestrian and Shopping Dead ZoneGo To the library – Then Go Someplace Else
  • A busy road, difficult for children and adults
    Route 198 is very busy.
    So is 7th/216.
  • A Downtown Library: Conveniently Located
    Near MARC
    Rt. 1 Corridor
    Rt 197/Rt 198
    Less than one mile from current library
    On major bus routes
  • Access to Public Transportation:Important to people with limited ability to drive –
    Seniors
    Young people
    Adults who cannot afford or who are without access to cars.
  • A Downtown Library: More Service to More of thePrince George’s and Laurel area community by Public Transportation On 5 bus routes v. 2
    Route G:–
    Laurel Main Street stops
    Route G: Laurel, Beltsville, Greenbelt, Berwyn Heights,
    DOES NOT SERVE CURRENT LIBRARY
  • Public Transportation Service to Communities South of Laurel
    Route H:
    Laurel Main Street
    Route H: Laurel, South Laurel, Beltsville, Greenbelt, Berwyn Heights, College Park
    DOES NOT SERVE CURRENT LIBRARY
  • Public Transporation Service for Laurel, North Laurel and Savage
    Purple Line: Laurel Rt. 1
    Purple Line: Laurel, Savage, Jessup, Elkridge
    DOES NOT SERVE CURRENT LIBRARY
  • Public Transporation Service for North Laurel and Savage
    Rt. E: Serving Main Street
    and current library
    Route E whole Route – Laurel, North Laurel, Savage, Columbia
    SERVE S BOTH AREAS
  • A Limited Route Serves Both
    Route C: Laurel Main Street and current library
    SERVE S BOTH AREAS
  • This historic park can and should be preserved.
    The current library building can be
    re-purposed into an Education and Heritage Resource Center Serving the Grove Community
    What about Emancipation Park?
  • A New Community Resourcefor the Grove
  • A New Community Resourcefor the Grove
    Classrooms for forprimary, secondary, and post-secondary education programs such as GED.
    Community space for meetings
    Computers and other resources
    Space for county services
  • YES
    Funds are available to purchase additional property for either site for parking.
    The downtown site offers opportunities for public private development.
    Downtown is in the designated Smart Growth/Transportation area.
    Is this Economically Feasible?
  • Example: Public Interest and Private Development Can Work Together
    Hollywood Library/Bookmark Apartments – Portland Oregon
    First Amherst Development Group, developed this unique mixed-use project in the Hollywood District of Portland, Oregon.
    The project combines a 13,000 SF branch library with 47 mixed-income apartments and 815 square feet of ground floor retail space.
    This innovative, transit-oriented project is a first-of-its-kind joint venture between the public and private sectors; the County owns the library, and the developer owns the residential and retail spaces.
    Library +
    Private Development
  • The Laurel-area community gets a much needed new library.
    Downtown Laurel businesses prosper; city revenues increase.
    Citizens have a library accessible to more public transportation, shops, and recreation.
    Emancipation Park is preserved – and the Grove benefits from a new community resource
    With a New Library Down townWe All Win
  • Compare
  • Imagine --a New Library in Downtown Laurel
    South Bowie Library:
    under construction
  • Join us on Facebook – Become a Facebook Fan of
    Let elected officials know you want the new library in downtown Laurel: TEDernoga@co.pg.md.us
    mayor@laurel.md.us
     Questions? email BOLDLaurel@verizon.net
    Thank You