City’s waterfront park work means Lake Stevens Library will get a new home

Sno-Isle Libraries is committed to serving Lake Stevens residents as the community continues to grow. 

Exterior view of Lake Stevens Library
The city-owned Lake Stevens Library will be demolished in 2021 as the city completes redevelopment of North Cove Park. Officials with the city and Sno-Isle Libraries are discussing both temporary and permanent options for a replacement library.

The current library has long been undersized to meet the needs of customers. Plans by the City of Lake Stevens to enhance North Cove Park where the city-owned building sits mean that a new location for the library will soon be needed. 

Sno-Isle Libraries is working with city officials to find a new location for the Lake Stevens Library, a process that may include a temporary site as a bridge to a more permanent answer. 

While Sno-Isle Libraries provides the library services, the city has provided the library building as part of a long-time agreement between the city and library district. The Lake Stevens Library sits on land that the city needs to finish its North Cove Park project. To complete the park project, Sno-Isle Libraries will need to vacate the current building by May 30, 2021. 

One option could be to locate a new library in the Chapel Hill area. Sno-Isle Libraries and the city own adjacent parcels on 99th Avenue SE. On Nov. 9, city officials announced plans for a  proposed civic center that could include city offices, a library and offices for the Lake Stevens Sewer District. 

“We are pleased with the possibilities this process represents for a long-term library facility solution for Lake Stevens,” Sno-Isle Libraries District Manager Chy Ross said. 

Phase 1 of the proposal involves a library needs assessment. That would include a community engagement process to inform any proposed new facility. 

“We look forward to learning more from the community engagement process and about possible funding strategies in the hopes it provides a path toward a new library that will meet residents’ needs,” Ross said.  

Because the existing library building is slated for demolition in 2021, library and city officials are discussing temporary location options for library services. Those talks are ongoing. 

“Sno-Isle Libraries supports the city’s downtown redevelopment goals and has been working with the city to explore options for a temporary library solution,” Ross said.   

The first steps toward gathering public input are two upcoming surveys.  

The first survey will begin to identify community objectives for civic facilities, brainstorm ideas and identify concerns. The second survey will focus on getting community feedback about the conceptual site designs that are scheduled to be presented in February 2021.   

Ross said the organizations expect to have the results of community engagement efforts, the library needs assessment and the proposed funding strategy this December. 

As the civic center evaluation work advances over the next six months, city officials will schedule public meetings for status presentations and post additional updated information on the website, lakestevenswa.gov/civiccenter. 

The initial evaluation work is expected to be finished at the end of March 2021. At that point, representatives from the city, Sno-Isle Libraries and the sewer district will determine if, how and when their organizations will proceed with the proposed civic center project.

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