Cedar Park: City Seeks Resident Input Regarding New Library
Feature Photo: Concept renderings of the Bell Development District, including the circular park (images on right) where the new library would be located. Courtesy: City of Cedar Park.
by Art Benavidez
Cedar Park (Williamson County) — Following the $3.1 million professional services agreement in December for the design of a new library, the city is now seeking resident input for the project’s development.
The city has announced that the design by San Antonio-based Lake|Flato Architects is underway and they are seeking public engagement to help facilitate the process.
Residents have until Feb. 28 tocomplete a survey and help the city in the design process of the new library, which will be 60% larger than the existing Library.
Cedar Park voters approved funding for a new Library in 2015. It is to be located in the southern portion of the city’s Bell District on Bell Boulevard (U.S. Highway 183), the primary north-south corridor for Cedar Park, between Buttercup Creek Boulevard and Park Street.
The Bell District will allow the library project to be created with civic identity, while servicing the entire community, and help maintain space flexibility and leverage the site’s natural beauty, according to the city.
The new library will be an approximately 40,000 square foot, multi-story building.
The design of the new library will be closely coordinated with the design and timelines of the adjacent Bell Park, Social Hub, Bell District Phase 1 Blocks, and Bell District infrastructure with construction anticipated to begin in the fall of 2022 and the opening anticipated for spring of 2024.
The 40-acre Bell Development District, outlined with red border, would have a public library to the south in one of the blue tracts. Courtesy: City of Cedar Park.
Art Benavidez (Construction News Reporter, Central Texas) is a seasoned journalist with over 15-years of experience in writing breaking news and in-depth features at the local level. He honed his research and reporting skills in newspapers and magazines throughout South and West Texas along with expertise in crafting digital content as Managing Editor of New Image Marketing Research Corporation. Benevidez is a Texas native and graduate of UT-RGV.