Building the New Lake Villa District Library - Frequently Asked Questions
- Why are we building a new library?
We are at a space deficit to effectively serve the current population and inadequate to accommodate future growth.The current building, renovated 18 years ago, is 30,000 square feet but is based on a needs assessment that called for a 45,000 square foot building.Because the referendum for that size addition failed, the plans were scaled back.With the population in the library district expected to surge to over 50,000 by 2040 (according the Chicago Metropolitan Planning Commission), building a new library became the best option.
- Why aren’t we adding on to the existing building?
Although the architects could design a building for the Grand Avenue site, there is no way to add the amount of parking necessary for that size building. Additionally, the Library Trustees are responsible to future boards. Staying at this location offers no options for growth.
- What will happen to the existing building?
It has been appraised and will go up for sale.
- How much will the project cost?
We anticipate the project will cost $25million. Over the years, the library’s administration has been extremely fiscally responsible and has built up the capital project fund. That fund will pay for the bulk of the project; a portion will be financed. Taxes, as a result of the building project, will not increase. With continued fiscal responsibility, loans will be covered as well as complete operating expenses with the revenue from the current tax rate.
- What will be the new address?
140 N. Munn Road, Lindenhurst, Il. 60046.
- How can Lake Villa District Library be located in Lindenhurst?
Because the library follows the boundaries of Lake Villa Township, it can be located anywhere in the township.
- Why weren’t public meetings held prior to the library’s purchase of the land?
The property was already zoned PUD ---Planned Unit Development. A PUD accommodates a variety of uses including commercial, retail, multi-family and institutional. A public hearing was held at the May 18, 2016 Lindenhurst Plan Commission meeting for the proposed rezoning of the property to Institutional. At the May 23, 2016 Lindenhurst Village Board meeting, the rezoning proposal passed as Ordinance 16-5-2037.
- Why were the trees removed from the site?
Early in the project a thorough study to assess and count every tree on the property was conducted. The majority of the species that were removed were invasive---approximately 45% were buckthorn and an additional 15% were of other invasive species and/or scrub trees. The tree removal was a component of the larger landscape plan which includes a restoration of native habitat and planting of nearly 2000 trees. A mix of mature oak, maple, spruce and pine trees are among a large selection of village approved plantings.
- What about soil erosion?
On-going inspection of the soil to prevent erosion is included in the building and site plan permit.A DECI (Dedicated Erosion Control Inspector) has been contracted to monitor the site weekly or whenever there is more than one-half- inch of precipitation.Additionally constructing and installing silt fences around the perimeter of the property were among the first steps in preparing the site.
- What about the impact on Crooked Lake?
The Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Environmental Protection Agency have strict mandates regarding storm water management. There will be two retention ponds on the property ---one for each parking lot--- each employs a 5-step bio-filtration system to naturally filter storm water and run-off before it reaches Crooked Lake.
The 5-Step Bio-Filtration System:
- The catch basins collect rubbish and particulates.
- A pipe filters the materials into the medium. (The medium is the storm water-seed mixture specifically developed for retention pond use.)
- The retention pond filters materials naturally and slowly to the underdrain.
- The underdrain carries material to the outlet.
- The outlet filters the material into the 20’ buffer zone.
- Will the library contribute to the management of the creek that runs through the property?
The Library Board will work with the governing authorities regarding the flow of water from the creek into Crooked Lake.
- When did construction begin?
Construction began in September 2017 and we anticipate the building to open sometime in late-spring of 2019.
- How big will the new library be?
The new library will be approximately 66,000 square feet, over twice the size of the current facility.
- What new technology will be offered in the new library?
The technology will be state-of-the art with plenty of ports, charging stations and collaborative spaces for small groups to work and study.Also, the work stations will easily accommodate single users and larger groups.
- How can I find out more about the project?
Project information will be regularly updated and available at lvdl.org wherever you see ‘It Starts Here’. Call or email Library Director Andy Lentine at 847.245.5100 firstname.lastname@example.org with any other questions, comments or concerns about the new library construction project.