Farmers Branch residents are being asked to vote on a Library Bond Program not to exceed $24 million. The requested amount includes:
Demolition of the current Library without interruption in service and returning the land to park land (Rawhide Park) - $1 million
Construction of a new 30,000 to 35,000 Sq ft. Library, located across the street with all parking onsite. Complete finish-out of a new Library including furniture, fixtures, and equipment. - $20 million.
Enhancements of the park land at Rawhide Park - $ 3 million
Why Build New?
Why not just renovate the existing Library?
The Manske Library is the most visited City facility with over 140,000 visitors a year
The current facility is 56 years old and is in need of $12 million in renovations, more than half the cost of building a new Library
The existing building partially sits in the floodplain
Relocating the Library across the street takes it out of the floodplain and provides a facility that can serve the community for many decades to come
Relocating the Library across the street also provides a unique opportunity to create a signature park along Rawhide Creek, returning more green space to the community
Three main facts resulted in the decision to bring this issue to voters in May 2019.
The current facility is 56 years old and in need of major repair (roof, foundation, HVAC, etc.)
The estimated cost to do basic renovations equals more than half the cost of a new Library.
Delaying construction increases the total cost of a new facility by 1% each month. Construction costs are currently escalating at a rate of 1% each month.