Asante to get next city library
Construction under way on $5.1M facility; January 2020 opening planned
By Matt Roy
The community’s newest library will break ground soon, headed for completion by the end of the year in one of the its newest neighborhoods. City leaders got an update on the development at the City Council work session Feb. 19 at City Hall, 16000 N. Civic Center Plaza.
Construction will commence in April on the Asante Branch Library, a $5.1 million project funded primarily by developers’ fees, which will be situated in Asante Community Park
near 167th and Grand avenues.
Community & Recreation Services Director Donna Miller explained the accelerated pace of the project, which city leaders approved last year. “The library was discussed during the FY19 budget process,” Ms. Miller recalled. “We knew it was going to be a really aggressive schedule … we prepared the procurement side of it and got everything lined up with our construction so that we could come back to council in August.”
To use development impact fees – which represent $ 4,651,900 of the $10,000-square-foot project’s $5,101,900 price tag – construction of the building shell must be completed before the end of this year.