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‘It’s a visionary design,’ Omaha Public Library board reveals look of proposed central library

‘It’s a visionary design,’ Omaha Public Library board reveals look of proposed central library

New architect renderings showing a proposed central library could be the final chapter in the Omaha Public Library system. “Nobody knew what was behind the curtain and in order to get that done you have to show people this is what we’re doing,” said Mike Kennedy, president of the Omaha Public Library.Kennedy likes the plot of the story of the proposed central library being built at 72nd and Dodge streets.”If you win a national championship you go there, if you’re upset you go there, if you have something to say you go there. What a great place,” Kennedy said. “It’s kind of like the center communications station.”He said the location is easy to get to since it’s on the Orbit bus line and near bike trails.HDR architects looked at libraries in Canada, Europe and across the country and came up with a 100year design that has the concept of opening a book and turning pages and tree-lined space for people to gather outside at the popular intersection.Inside, Kennedy said they would continue to offer do space technology and all library services.Heritage Omaha is heading up the campaign to secure $80 million in fundraising.The City will commit $20 million using redevelopment bonds from the 2024-25 Capital Improvement Program. Mayor Jean Stothert said, “The extensive public engagement process has provided the opportunity for everyone to be involved in planning this remarkable public space, at the true crossroads of our city. The central library design reflects the preferences of our community, it will be a one-of-a-kind Omaha Public Library to benefit patrons of all ages and interests.” Kennedy hopes this story will have a happy ending for all of Omaha.”It’s time now to dot the i’s and cross the t’s and get the community behind the project so we can come up with the final programming … and get approvals from all the parties,” Kennedy said.Kennedy said the library board is taking input from the public on what kind of programming residents would like to see in the central library.Check out the website . This is not a done deal. The final project will go before the city council with a public hearing sometime this summer.

New architect renderings showing a proposed central library could be the final chapter in the Omaha Public Library system.

“Nobody knew what was behind the curtain and in order to get that done you have to show people this is what we’re doing,” said Mike Kennedy, president of the Omaha Public Library.

Kennedy likes the plot of the story of the proposed central library being built at 72nd and Dodge streets.

“If you win a national championship you go there, if you’re upset you go there, if you have something to say you go there. What a great place,” Kennedy said. “It’s kind of like the center communications station.”

He said the location is easy to get to since it’s on the Orbit bus line and near bike trails.

HDR architects looked at libraries in Canada, Europe and across the country and came up with a 100year design that has the concept of opening a book and turning pages and tree-lined space for people to gather outside at the popular intersection.

Inside, Kennedy said they would continue to offer do space technology and all library services.

Heritage Omaha is heading up the campaign to secure $80 million in fundraising.

The City will commit $20 million using redevelopment bonds from the 2024-25 Capital Improvement Program.

Mayor Jean Stothert said, “The extensive public engagement process has provided the opportunity for everyone to be involved in planning this remarkable public space, at the true crossroads of our city. The central library design reflects the preferences of our community, it will be a one-of-a-kind Omaha Public Library to benefit patrons of all ages and interests.”

Kennedy hopes this story will have a happy ending for all of Omaha.

“It’s time now to dot the i’s and cross the t’s and get the community behind the project so we can come up with the final programming … and get approvals from all the parties,” Kennedy said.

Kennedy said the library board is taking input from the public on what kind of programming residents would like to see in the central library.

Check out the website .

This is not a done deal. The final project will go before the city council with a public hearing sometime this summer.

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