Brooke Burton



July, 2018

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Supported a comment by Kay Hummel on Main Library Campus 2 years, 4 months ago
Kay Hummel
Please redesign the site plan with more simplicity to meet customers’ true needs. Substantially downsize the northern entrance plaza along River Street and move the building north. A smaller plaza would allow retention of The Cabin, which plays a vital role in the cultural district. The proposed 20,000 sq.ft. outdoor plaza is not useable at least 7 months of the year, whereas other Library functions are needed year-round. There is adequate green space with the 2 rooftop outdoor gardens and other open space indicated on the west side. While the design is initially exciting, I urge reconsideration of truly necessary library functions vs. some community “priorities” listed. For example, a “connection with the River” does not merit top priority when there is abundant access to the Boise River at many nearby locations. Our Library’s two highest functions are library services and space for the Arts and History Dept. Focus on these functions, and proper design will follow. Likewise, I am unclear on the necessity for ‘maker spaces.’ Given the under utilization of Jump’s maker spaces, this is a head scratcher. Adequate parking and auditorium space are the next highest functions that must be designed for, again more vital year-round than a cement-clad plaza (which also will be too hot in two summer months, essentially a baking, reflecting desert). Citizens are not excited about paying for more outdoor gathering spaces when the Downtown core provides ample outdoor sites nearby – Julia Davis, Ann Morrison, the Grove Plaza, and Jump.
Supported a comment by Barbara Michele Winston on Main Library Campus 2 years, 4 months ago
Barbara Michele Winston
If parking is an issue I would visit one of the branches.
Supported a comment by Jamie Kaiser on Main Library Campus 2 years, 4 months ago
Jamie Kaiser
I already visit weekly. Honestly this new building would cause me to cut down on visits.
Supported a comment by M. Thomas on Main Library Campus 2 years, 4 months ago
M. Thomas
Books, free use of any meeting or event spaces to any patron or community group, community outreach to underserved community groups, accessibility for all as determined by those with accessibility needs. Does this site plan open access to Boise State University across the river and the Cultural District within or near 8th Street? Not any more than it already is, and possibly less with the hardscaping of 8th Street. The Cultural District is also the Historic Warehouse District, yet this plan demolishes the Salt Lake Hardware Company Warehouse and 45 years of library history and culture.
Supported a comment by M. Thomas on Main Library Campus 2 years, 4 months ago
M. Thomas
Additional comments is not open for comments. The survey links are not allowing people to submit feedback. As a high-use patron, I have been shocked at the lack of public input or outreach for this project, starting with the Visioning Workshops. The stated goals were created by “the project steering committee” according to the available executive summary – what does being an iconic gateway, a destination for out-of-towners, or incorporating the River have to do with a library? How many people were included in these workshops from diverse populations, non-English speakers, homeless coalition, refugee community, varying accessibility needs, etc.? There have been no signs in the libraries, no outreach other than Facebook and the main web site. Regular patrons have no knowledge of the proposed plan, much less the July open houses. The open house at the main library was on a Friday evening, during a heavy vacation month, and 1 ½ of the 2 hour period was after the library had closed. This process needs to slow down: offer visioning workshops that do not start with a presentation of the proposed space based on 2014 and earlier data; host the open house series once per week over a series of weeks; leave the survey link open at least one month; have large posters with the plan, open house dates, and survey links at the entrance of each library branch.
Commented on Main Library Campus 2 years, 4 months ago
Performance and Arts & History.