The Washington County Board of Commissioners approved contracts July 2 for building a new Wildwood Library in Mahtomedi.
The new library will be built on the current library site; the library will close July 20, and be closed for about a year for construction.
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A total of 124 bids were received in 24 different work divisions. The planned 12,800 square foot building includes a children's room and teen space, a patio, a large meeting room, three small study rooms, and space for outdoor programs. The new library will have improvements to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility, greater energy efficiency, expanded library program spaces, and an upgraded layout aimed to improve staff efficiency.
Construction will begin in August with completion scheduled for June 2020. The library is funded with $7.205 million in tax exempt bond proceeds to be issued by the county in 2019.
A portion of the project includes a storm water drainage route from the pond on the north portion of the Wildwood Library lot to a main storm sewer along County State Aid Highway 12 to improve stormwater drainage in the area. This portion of the project will be paid for by the City of Mahtomedi, and the County Board agreed to how the costs will be shared.
During the library closure, Washington County Library will offer services to the community at the Mahtomedi District Education Center (DEC), 1520 Mahtomedi Ave. Library users may pick up holds and check out other materials from a small collection during the DEC's business hours, Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Wildwood Library patrons may also visit nearby Washington County Library branches, including Lake Elmo, Oakdale, and Hardwood Creek in Forest Lake.
Residents who would like construction updates can sign up for periodic email updates at WashCoLib.link/WildwoodUpdates.
Residents can also view project updates on the library’s website at WashCoLib.org/Future, or by following the library on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @WashCoLib.