In the 2013 Facilities Planning Study, FVRL identified northeast Vancouver as being significantly in need of a library facility. To meet that need, FVRL recently took advantage of an opportunity to acquire a parcel of land in the Bowyer Marketplace, on 119th St just north of Prairie High School. The site can accommodate a library facility of up to 9,000 square feet.
Progress and next steps:
- Early 2018: Vancouver developer Killian Pacific sold the 0.96-acre parcel to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District Foundation for $200,000 plus closing costs—considerably less than the appraised value of $1.4 million. As the Killian family said in their statement, "We are excited to be able to actualize our company purpose of enhancing community with our contribution of property in bringing a new library to the Brush Prairie area. Public libraries have and will continue to be cornerstones of healthy communities—enabling access to information and resources and for facilitating literacy and improving the overall quality of life."
- January 16, 2018: The FVRL Board of Trustees voted to purchase the Brush Prairie property from the Foundation for the same amount the Foundation paid for it.
While no other plans have been made at this time, the district is examining options for how best to proceed.
How you can help:
Donate funds: Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation gratefully accepts gifts of any size towards the building project.
December 2013: A facilities study by BergerABAM (PDF) identified the need for new library facilities in the Orchards (northeast Vancouver) area of Clark County.