Building for the Future

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With an eye to the future, the Washington County Library is currently assessing and re-imagining the building facilities of three of its libraries: Park Grove in Cottage Grove, Wildwood Library in Mahtomedi, and Valley Library in Lakeland. 

The Park Grove and Wildwood library projects are major building construction projects that will offer improved facilities to serve visitors and patrons. The projects are each expected to be completed by fall 2020, and are funded through the proceeds of tax exempt bonds issued in 2019.

The Valley Library project is a study to assess how updates might provide useful changes to the library for its patrons, programming, and collections. Design recommendations from this study are expected to be presented to the County Board in summer 2018.

Information will be updated as progress is made on the projects.

  1. Park Grove Library
  2. Valley Library
  3. Wildwood Library

Park Grove Library

Target Completion Date: Fall 2020

The Park Grove Library was built at its current location on Hemingway Avenue in Cottage Grove in 1984. When the building was evaluated by Washington County Public Works, it was estimated to need millions of dollars in future repairs, not including updates to the parking lot. In addition to these anticipated repairs, the needs of library patrons and the essential functions of a library have changed dramatically since the Park Grove building was brand new.

Project Progress To Date

February 2018 - Community Engagement Events Scheduled

Residents and patrons are invited to contribute their thoughts and opinions through a series of community meetings that will be conducted in early 2018. 

The community engagement events are scheduled:

Tuesday, March 20, from 4 - 7 p.m. at Park Grove Library in the Large Room (RSVP to the Facebook event for updates)

Monday, April 16, from 6 - 8 p.m. at Park Grove Library in the Large Room (RSVP to the Facebook event for updates)

Tuesday, May 15, from 6:30 - 8 p.m. at Park Grove Library in the Large Room

September 2017 - Architecture Firm Selected 

The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved a contract with Hammel, Green, and Abrahamson, Inc.

Next Steps

Space Assessment

Space and needs assessments must be conducted to get a good understanding of what should be included in each building in order to best fit the community.