The library building project will soon take another step forward. We received two responses to our Request for Qualifications to develop a mixed-use library project that includes retail and residential components. One is from a team led by FEH Associates in Dubuque and another from a team led by Ryan Companies of Cedar Rapids. Both teams have been invited to do a presentation for the Library Board.
FEH Associates will be here at 5:00PM on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. Ryan Companies will be here at 5:00PM on Thursday, November 13. Both presentations will be in Meeting Room A at the Library, 1095 Sixth Ave, Marion, Iowa.
In addition to these presentations, the responses to the RFQ have been sent to the Cost Benefit Site Analysis team whose work provided the basis for the RFQ. That team includes Trustees, citizen representatives, a representative of the Marion Main Street program and Chamber of Commerce, the City Manager and planning staff, and Joe Huberty, our consulting architect. They’ve been asked to score the responses quantitatively according to evaluation criteria identified in the RFQ and to provide a qualitative assessment of the overall concepts and qualifications presented by the FEH and Ryan teams to realize their proposals.
This is only a first step toward a decision about the future of the building project. The goal of this process is to determine which if either of the responses will be pursued for further development and public input. The Board does not yet intend to make a final decision about going forward with a mixed-use project.
That decision will follow this preliminary review process and further public input. If the Library Board determines that either or both of the proposed projects have merit, the teams will be asked to prepare a presentation for a public forum to solicit input and answer questions.