Ankeny to build new civic building

By Elias Johnson | ejohnson@weareiowa.com

Published 02/05 2016 04:23PM

Updated 02/05 2016 04:23PM

ANKENY - The City of Ankeny is one step closer to constructing a civic building that would house a new public library and city council chambers.

Earlier this week, the Ankeny City Council approved a resolution directing city management to move forward with planning for the financing and construction of the new building. The actionis in response to recommendations from a comprehensive facilities needs study completed by OPN Architects.

David Jones, Ankeny City Manager, said Ankeny's library is about half the size of libraries in comparable communities. "It was time to address that and some of the critical needs in the city, and this plan will do that," said Jones.

The plan also calls for repurposing the existing Kirkendall Public Library into an office building to house the city's Public Works, Planning and Building, and Parks and Recreation departments.

To view the full study and recommendation provided to the city by OPN Architects, click here.

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