The City Council adopted a FY 2015-16 goal to investigate locating the Astoria Public Library as part of a mixed use project within Heritage Square. On December 7, 2015, staff presented three options for a new mixed-use library at Heritage Square as part of the first phase of a feasibility study. On January 12, the City Council held a work session on Heritage Square and discussed the various options for locating a library at the existing site on 10th Street & Duane. On February 1, the Astoria Development Commission (ADC) directed staff to develop an amended contract with Walker | Macy, the original design firm the City hired to develop options for Heritage Square. Hacker, an architecture firm that specializes in library design, is a sub consultant that will provide design services for the next phase.
The objective of the second phase of the feasibility study was to narrow the list of options for siting a library. Ideally, one option would rise to the top that would move into the "schematic design" phase.
The library feasibility study included a comparative analysis of the following:
- Library retained in current location, completely renovated with usable library space in the basement.
- Library retained in current location, completely renovated with a new addition on the adjacent parking lot.
- Library retained in current location, completely renovated with a new addition on the Waldorf Hotel site, which would require acquisition and demolition.
- Library retained in current location, completely renovated with a new addition using the Waldorf Hotel site, which would require acquisition or lease agreement.
- Review of existing cost estimates for the library portion of the Heritage Square concept.
For more project information, visit the Community Development website, and view additional documents below.
Astoria Public Library Building Project FAQ
Astoria Library Location Study