When Marion conducted a community visioning process called Imagine8, expansion of the current library was identified as one of the eight most important projects needed to realize the future of Marion as one of Iowa’s fastest growing cities. Last year, the Board of Trustees created a committee that included representatives from the Board and the community to identify current building issues and features most needed in a new library. You can find the entire list in the Facility Needs Assessment (pdf).
The Cost Benefit Site Analysis for the library building project includes an examination of how the site analysis fits into a broader service plan; an explanation of the site comparison system; a discussion of funding strategies; and a detailed analysis and value comparison of the site options the study team was asked to evaluate. An appendix offers a detailed presentation of the site evaluation criteria, their importance rank, and the reason for their ranking. Download the full Cost Benefit Site Analysis (pdf), or read just the Executive Summary (pdf).
The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) asks Development Teams to offer us a vision of a mixed-use library facility that would include residential and retail components. We want to make sure they have the skills, personnel, and resources to do the job as well as the capital required for the investment. Our goal is to determine the feasibility of a project that will provide Marion with a library expansion, reduce library construction costs, grow Marion’s property tax base, and contribute to our community’s economic development. Download the Request for Qualifications (pdf).