Mid-Continent Library approves funding to renovate former bowling alley
By John Sharp
The budget of a little over $2 million to renovate space formerly used as a bowling alley in the Red Bridge Shopping Center to serve as the new Red Bridge Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library (MCPL) was approved by the MCPL Board of Trustees January 15.
Steven Potter, MCPL director and CEO, said the library board also authorized him to sign a notice to proceed with renovation work with JE Dunn Construction for a guaranteed maximum price of $2,012,352, and the new branch should be open by June or July.
He said the present nearby location of the Red Bridge Branch will remain open during renovation of the new site, but it will likely have to close for a short period of time as books, office equipment, supplies and other items are moved from one location to the other.
The new branch will be at 453B Red Bridge Rd. adjacent to Euston Hardware in the shopping center. It will contain 14,352 square feet, more than 2,300 square feet larger than the current branch at 11140 Locust on the shopping center grounds, plus greatly improved visibility and better accessibility from Red Bridge Rd.
It will include a community room, smaller collaboration/conference rooms, a children’s area, new computers for public use, new furniture and an outdoor seating area.
“We are very excited that not only will the Red Bridge community be getting a state-of-the-art library, it is front and center and will be a wonderful anchor for the shopping center,” said Brandon Buckley, LANE4 vice president. “Things like this are critical to our mission of making the shopping center a true community asset.”