Chamber Hosted Library Forum Sheds Light On Plans

Mar 26, 2014

Concept design by Passero Associates and Barkström & LaCroix Architects

The Irondequoit Chamber of Commerce hosted a community forum for the proposed public library design. Irondequoit Public Library Board members were joined by the Town of Irondequoit and representatives from Christa Construction, Passero Associates and LaBella Associates (town engineer).

More than 20 public forums were held ahead of two bonding resolution votes (April 23 and December 14, 2013). Since the earliest forums, the design and site layout of the new public library has evolved with the help of public input. All of the information collected at the public forums has been added to a 'working document' that the Library Board has used to instruct their weekly meetings with Christa, Passero and LaBella. A building plan is expected to be presented early this spring.

The building has been 'right-sized' for the Town Hall campus, per public feedback, and the exterior is expected to match the brick of the Town Hall building as closely as possible. Accessibility is a design focus, with, for example, a layout to accomodate assistive technology, lower bookcases, and fully accessible restrooms. Additional library features expected are a 24 hour drive-up book drop, robust wireless access, and plentiful electrical outlets. Designers also continue to think in terms of future uses for a public library, beyond book storage.

The children's library section is expected to include a story hour room, a durable arts & crafts area, and a dedicated restroom.

Supervisor Adam Bello commented that the new Irondequoit public library is the "biggest public works project our town has seen in a generation."

Space usage will continue to be developed as public feedback continues to be collected. Stephanie Squicciarini, President of the Irondequoit Library Board, encourages residents to continue to provide feedback and 'wishes' for their new library, saying, "This is the library we will build together."

To provide feedback about the new Irondequoit Public Library, email yourlibrary@irondequoit.org. This email address is checked daily. Architects, engineers, and library board members meet together weekly.