Prior to asking voters to consider increasing support for the St. Louis County Library District, the library engaged in a strategic planning process that included the development of the original facilities plan beginning in 2007. This process relied heavily on input from the communities served by the Library District. In 2011, SLCL commissioned an architectural and engineering survey to update the 2008 facilities plan. This involved evaluating existing branch facilities and establishing a plan to ensure we are able to meet the needs and expectations of our patrons into the future. The resulting Facilities Master Plan has been the guiding document for the capital improvement projects.
The Facilities Master Plan established an initial framework and timeline for implementing improvements throughout the County Library District. Library staff have revised the plan as needed.
Broken down into phases, the implementation of the Master Plan will be carried out in a fashion that minimizes disruptions to patrons during renovations at existing branches or construction of new facilities.
We anticipate that full implementation of the Master Plan may take as long as 10 years, during which time every branch facility (except the Eureka Hills location, which moved to a new facility in 2011) will receive significant upgrades and improvements.
Phase I of the capital improvement projects will begin in late 2014. Construction on the new Lewis & Clark and Grant's View (former Tesson Ferry) branches will begin in the fall of 2014.
Renovations will begin in early 2015 at the following locations: Jamestown Bluffs, Indian Trails, Weber Road, and Rock Road.
Additional renovation projects will start in the fall of 2015 at Oak Bend, Natural Bridge, Prairie Commons, Cliff Cave and Samuel C. Sachs.
While work is underway on Phase I, planning will begin for the implementation of subsequent phases, which will be implemented as we build our own internal capacity to manage each project with minimum disruption to our patrons.
SLCL staff will provide periodic updates on both the work in-progress, and how we are managing the capital improvement budget approved by our Board of Directors, and funded by the proceeds of Proposition L.
In addition, each year the District will post our annual budget and the audited financial statements on the SLCL website. The annual budget indicates the dollars expected to be spent for our capital improvement program and the audit proves our financial accountability.