BOLD: Bring Our LIbrary Downtown


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BOLD: Bring Our LIbrary Downtown

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