GRAND CITIES LIBRARY PROPOSALProposed $20 million public library on outlying lots near K-Mart store in Grand Forks, ND (store# 4022)
A NEW OPPORTUNITYThe city of Grand Forks is looking to build a new $20 millionpublic library to replace the current aging building. Locatingthe new library on unoccupied outlying lots near K-Martoffers a unique opportunity to generate trafﬁc and spurdevelopment around K-Mart and the Grand Cities Mall whileproviding Grand Forks with a beautiful new library in a highlyvisible and centralized location.
ABOUT LIBRARYThe library is the most used public facility in Grand Forks with850 daily visitors from Grand Forks and the larger ﬁve county,two state region. The Grand Forks Public Library has thelargest collection in the state amongst public libraries and is avalued resource.The 40 year old library is outgrowing its current space whichis tucked away from any busy corridors. The community isconsidering a new building in a more visible location. Aconsultant has completed a needs assessment and buildingproject report. The Library Board is looking at building anapproximately $20 million facility.
WHAT NEXT?Despite polls suggesting over 70% of adults in Grand Forkssupport building a new library, a ballot measure to construct anew facility was recently defeated - in large part because thelocation issue had not been settled. Still, the need for a largerspace and new building is not going away. As librarysupporters reset, they will be open to new options forpotential sites.
BIG OPPORTUNITYLocating the new library near K-Mart/Grand Cities Mall wouldnot only beneﬁt the property owners, but it would make thecommunity a better place as well.A new library would increase trafﬁc to the area and increaseconﬁdence amongst neighboring property owners andbusinesses. These businesses would make improvements totheir properties, making the area more appealing to shoppers. In that regard, while it is obviously too early to make anyofﬁcial promises, being that this would be a city-owned facility,infrastructure investments that could beneﬁt the area wouldcertainly be a possibility.
CURRENT STATE OFOUTLYING LOTS NEAR K-MART & GRAND CITIES MALL
Old Ponderosa employee Restaurant parking lot 11,280sq. ft Old Hollywood Video building Library footprint (one-story) 63,000sq. ft Lot perimeter (old Hollywood video and adjacent empty outlying lot) [orange line] approx. 115,000sq. ft Campbell Dr Intersection Orton’s Gas Station overﬂow & Convenienceparking lot Store14,700sq. ft
CONTACTS Jason SchaeferMayor’s Green3 Resource Committee Jason.M.Schaefer@gmail.com 701.741.0709 Tyrone Grandstrand Grand Forks City Council, Ward 2 firstname.lastname@example.org 701.330.1713