Columbia Heights Library

Project Location: 3939 Central Avenue NE
Nominated by: HGA Architects  & Engineers

Through a process that involved extensive collaboration with residents and partnering agencies, the City of Columbia Heights created a new vibrant public place on a former dump site with past buildings that had become blighted. The storm water management system’s granular and aggregate filter materials were used to provide clean cover within much of the landscape area of the site. The new Columbia Heights Library is a well positioned hub that will spark revitalization of the community’s “Main Street”.

The City of Columbia Heights had to build community and agency support to obtain the required approvals and funding that made the new public library a reality. The schedule was challenging given the project approval dates and commitment to have the library open for the 2016 summer programs that serve youth in the community.

The new Columbia Heights Public Library supports revitalization of the heart of the community’s central business district and sustainable economic activity. The project strengthens a walkable community and serves as a hub for community activities. The site features a landscape with storm water best management practices that were provided through a partnership with the Mississippi Watershed Management Organization. The storm water treatment practices remove pollutants and reduce impacts on downstream water resources. The site demonstrates sustainable stormwater management practices and includes  informational  signs  for site visitors.The Library serves many people who may not have home access to computers and other information sources. The Library ‘s location on a high-frequency transit route along Central Avenue helps to better serve and inform more members of the community.

Project Financing

  • Private capital/equity
  • Community Development Block Grant
  • Columbia Heights
  • Mississippi Watershed Management Organization

Project Partners

  • City of Columbia Heights
  • Columbia Heights Public Library Foundation
  • Mississippi Watershed Management Organization
  • Anoka County
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
  • Economic Development Authority of Columbia Heights
  • Columbia Heights Historical Society
  • Friends of the Library

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