The current Tesson Ferry Branch is the Library District's oldest branch. Opened in 1958, the building structure is deteriorating and mechanical systems are failing-making the replacement of this location a top priority. Additionally, the current property is too small to meet the objectives of the new building. SLCL has purchased a parcel of land located at 9700 Musick Ave. at Gravois for the new branch, which will be called Grant's View. The 4.29 acre site is 1.87 miles from the existing branch and a 3-minute drive. The location is one of 25 sites considered by SLCL for the new branch.
The Grant's View Branch will be a two-story facility featuring abundant natural light and plenty of comfortable seating. Additional amenities include an expanded children's area with a program and crafts center, two meeting rooms, a computing area (including an instructional lab), study rooms, a teen space and quiet areas. The new facility will offer plenty of parking, there will also be green space available for a community garden or outdoor programming. The building will provide a safe and accessible place for people to visit for information, programs, collaboration, community and fun.
St. Louis architects Christner, Inc. are working on the Grant's View Branch project. Design plans are being developed. The preliminary budget is $16 million. This project was made possible by the passage of Prop L in November 2012.
The current branch will remain open during construction. The Grant's View Branch is estimated to be complete in late 2015.