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WHY A NEW LIBRARY IN GRIMES? 

Built in 1994 to serve a population of 7,000 residents, our current 6,400 square foot facility has served us well. However, since 1994, the City of Grimes has doubled its population and current projections anticipate growth reaching over 35,000 residents by 2030.

From 2015 to 2019, your library saw a 61% increase in number of card holder and a 43% increase in circulated items.

Our new 22,000 square foot facility will provide more space for work, study and collaboration as well as more social, programming, and play spaces to better serve our growing community. We anticipate adding 4 study rooms, a sensory room, drive-thru drop box, additional public computers, state-of-the-art technology, 1 meeting room, a large children’s area, dedicated teen space, drive up window, and approximately 25,000 new items to our collection making the Grimes Public Library a valuable gathering place for individuals, families, and businesses in our community.

WHAT IS THE TIMELINE OF THE PROJECT?

The project began planning in 2018 with the hiring of a library consultant who identified the need for a larger library space in Grimes. In 2019, residents of Grimes voted in favor of passing the Local Option Sales and Services Tax (L.O.S.S.T.) and in February 2021, the City of Grimes committed funding of $8 million to the project. Grants and a community match campaign to raise $600,000 began in early‐2021 and the project is expected to go to bid early fall-2021 and begin construction early spring-2022. Construction is anticipated to conclude in summer 2023.

WHY ISN’T THE LIBRARY GOING TO BE BIGGER? 

The library did a space needs assessment in 2018 that demonstrated a building of at least 30,000 square feet would be needed to address the needs of the residents of Grimes and the Greater Des Moines metro area over the next 20 years based upon the predicted population.

The City allocated the monies they deemed appropriate for this piece of social infrastructure.  With prices continuing to rise, Covid making fundraising difficult, it has been decided the project will continue but on a smaller scale.  The building has strategically been placed upon the piece of property so the City has the opportunity to expand the library at a later date to better meet the needs of the future population.

WHERE WILL THE LIBRARY BE LOCATED?

The Library will be located at the south east corner of the intersection of N James Street and NE Beaverbrooke Boulevard at the entrance to the Heritage Development on land owned by the City.


HOW MUCH WILL THE LIBRARY COST?

It will cost $9.45 million to build the library and purchase and install the additional furnishings, equipment, circulation materials and other miscellaneous features needed.


HOW WILL THE OPERATIONAL BUDGET BE IMPACTED?

With a larger building, we anticipate needing an additional $500,000 in operational costs to be phased in over five years starting in fiscal year 2023.


WHERE WILL THE MONEY COME FROM
?

The property was purchased by the City for $750,000 from 2019 General Operating (GO) funds. The City Council has committed $8 million towards construction costs: $1,000,000 from 2020GO, $3,000,000 from 2021GO, and $4,000,000 from 2021 Local Option Sales and Services Tax (L.O.S.S.T.) funds. All other monies needed to complete the project will need to be fundraised. Taxes will not be raised to fund this new facility.


WHEN IS CONSTRUCTION ANTICIPATED TO BEGIN AND WHEN IS THE NEW FACILITY EXPECTED TO OPEN
?

Dependent upon the fall 2021 bidding process, the new facility has an expected Grand Opening of summer 2023.


WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE EXISTING LIBRARY?

The City of Grimes will continue to utilize this space as a park and possible City Hall and new Rec facility.  Updates to the existing park and facility are described within the City’s overall Park planning document.


WHO WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR DEVELOPING AND MANAGING THIS PROJECT?

This project will be spearheaded by the Library Board of Trustees, Library Director, City of Grimes Construction Advisory Committee, and Grimes Public Library Friends Foundation Committee, under direction of the Mayor, City Council and City Administrator.

WHAT WILL BE IN THE NEW LIBRARY?
We anticipate adding 4 study rooms, a sensory room, drive-thru drop box, additional public computers, state-of-the-art technology, 1 meeting room, a large children’s area, dedicated teen space, drive up window, and approximately 25,000 new items to our collection making the Grimes Public Library a valuable gathering place for individuals, families, and businesses in our community.

WILL THE LIBRARY HAVE TO CLOSE?

GPL will be closed for four to five weeks before the opening date.  This will allow us to move the collection, technology, and equipment over to the new building.  Also, we will need time to install new furnishings, equipment, and need time for staff training on all the new technology, and systems.

WHERE CAN I FIND UPDATES ON THE TIMELINE AND CONSTRUCTION?

All updates on the building will be located on the Future Development page on the library’s website: grimeslibrary.org  or go directly to:

www.grimes.lib.ia.us/front-page/futuredevelopment/


HOW CAN I HELP MAKE THE NEW LIBRARY A REALITY?

Donations in the form of a check can be made payable to GPL Friends and delivered or mailed to the library at 200 N James St; Grimes, IA  50111.

Or, go online to grimeslibrary.org.  On the top menu, click on Support the Library. (https://secure.qgiv.com/for/gpl)

Pledges & Donations can be accepted as a one time or multi-year gift (up to 3 years for gifts of $5,000 and greater). Gifts of $1,000 and greater will be permanently recognized at the Library. Questions can be directed to Cheryl Heid, Director Grimes Public Library, at (515) 986-3551 or heid@grimeslibrary.org.

 

 

New Building Project Milestones

4/27/2021 – City Council votes to approve the amended contract with Invision Architecture.

4/21/2021 – GPL hosts a fundraising kickoff event.

4/13/2021 – City Council approves schematic designs for new library building project.

3/23/2021 – City Council decides to fund and approves 7 million in support of the new library building project.

2/09/2021 – All of the Grimes Councilmembers supported allocating another 7 million dollars towards the library project.

Out of the possible $8 million dollars of L.O.S.S.T. funds that have been allocated towards City projects.  $4 million of those L.O.S.S.T. funds will be allocated towards the Library project.  An additional $3 million dollars will be taken out of the general operating fund to make a total of $7 million dollars.

The Council strongly recommended the Library begin the build process later this fall.  On July 1, 2021, the City staff will begin making the appropriate steps to borrow against the incoming L.O.S.S.T. funds.  Since all funds need to be accounted for by July 1, 2021 in order to begin the borrowing and build process,  the stakeholders of Grimes and the Grimes Library Board need to value engineer the building to come in at $8.1 million dollars unless more funds are donated towards before July 1.

11/2020 – Grimes City Council will be meeting in November and December of 2020 to determine project funding.

03/2020  COVID-19 Outbreak.  CIP and project has been put on hold.  Grant funds have been diverted to food banks, shelters, and other organizations.

11/2019 to 02/2020 – Library staff, board, Invision, and Christensen Development work together to value design the library building to 10.5 million dollars.

10/22/2019 – City Council voted to sign a contract with the architect firm INVISION for the new library.
– City Council allocates $1 million towards library project to cover architect fees, owner’s rep. fees, and other library project costs.

10/8/2019 – Grimes City Council approved the new library project with a signed resolution.  The library was not the only city item on the L.O.S.S.T. ballot.  In wanting to be good stewards of the monies and to help the monies be utilized in other ways, the library board and staff will also seek grants and private donations.

8/27/2019 – During the City’s strategic planning process, a new library building was made a top priority.

8/06/2019 – L.O.S.S.T. passes!  This allowed the Library project to become a reality.

Spring of 2019 – Library Director, staff, and board began investigating other building options and other architect firms to deliver a building that would fit in Grimes’s budget.

– City of Grimes purchases the southwest corner plot located at the intersection of Beaverbrook Blvd and James St for $750,000.

1/2019 – Previous architect firm delivered a cost estimate and renderings of a new 21 million dollar library.

2/27/2018  – The Grimes Public Library Board hires the firm Lawson Planning to conduct a space needs assessment on the library.  This study was done to help the City of Grimes vision how large of a library is needed to serve the Grimes community over the next 30 years.  The study concluded that a building between 50,000 square feet to 60,000 square feet was needed.  Grimes is a fast growing community.  To build a library of that magnitude would be a large financial burden and would not allow any other projects the City needs to be completed.  Yearly operating costs for a building of this size would prove to be too overwhelming for the City’s general fund.  Library staff recommended to reduce the size to 35,000 square feet with the opportunity to build on at a later date.

 

Other Documents Used to Determine Grimes Public Library Space Needs

Grimes Space Needs 2010 as accepted March 16 2010

Grimes Building Program as Revised by the Board May 24 2018

 

 

 

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