North Regional Library design update

At the community meeting July 1, project architects presented updated design plans for North Regional Library.

Interior finish concepts were proposed by Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA), the north Minneapolis nonprofit leading community engagement for the library renovation. The concept most preferred by the public and planning team uses an environmental theme, including colors from Minneapolis lakes and rivers, and area topographic lines, to create spaces that fit together seamlessly. Patterns will be used on exterior fence panels, site paving, and interior walls and glass.

The children’s area will be on the north side of the building, with all new early literacy play elements, and the teen space will be on the south side. Both areas will include computers and lounge seating throughout. A new enclosed room on the main floor features computers for adults and will allow for focused work, and can also be used as a program space for library events such as computer classes.

As shared previously, adult computers and the adult collection will be located upstairs, along with four small study rooms. The large meeting room will remain upstairs as well, with a new seating area just outside. Meeting room windows will balance light and privacy.

Site work will improve the south entrance and breezeway, with a focus on traffic control and pedestrian safety. The east side of the building will feature a reading garden with seating, with fencing and plantings serving as a buffer to the street. On the west side, a children’s garden will make use of existing trees and add new environmental learning elements to engage children in play.

The project schedule has been updated. The current timeline is for a 10-month closure beginning in January 2020.

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