Progress and next steps:
- FVRLibraries and the Ridgefield Community Center Association have a verbal agreement and are working on a written agreement to transfer the building and land for the purpose of expanding the library. We expect finalization of the agreement by the end of September 2018.
- Current users of the community center may continue to use the meeting spaces until early 2019.
- The City plans to raze the public works building on the corner of Mill and 3rd to create parking for the new library, and relocate staff from Mill and 3rd early in 2019.
- If funding is complete, library construction will likely begin during the summer of 2019. We anticipate that the library will relocate for several months to allow for remodeling and construction.
- The estimated completion date for the new library is early 2020.
- Finalizing the written agreement between FVRLibraries and the Ridgefield Community Center
- Sending out a Request for Qualifications for architects and other consultants
- Developing a full budget for the project
- Establishing a plan for fundraising with the FVRL Foundation and the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library
- Working with the public and community partners to map out the community's needs in a new library
How you can help:
- Attend or participate in community meetings: Get information and share your vision for a new library. Check the events calendar for opportunities.
- Attend fundraisers: Check the events calendar for opportunities.
- Volunteer your time and effort: Join or support the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library and help with fundraisers and library promotion.
- Donate funds: Fort Vancouver Regional Library Foundation gratefully accepts gifts of any size towards the building project.
- In May, the FVRL Board voted to negotiate the acceptance of the generous donation of the Ridgefield Community Center building to provide expanded library services.
- FVRL Trustees set aside $1 million for the building project.
- FVRL started working with community stakeholders to find suitable property.
- At the same time, the Friends of Ridgefield Community Library began fundraising.
October 2014: A Pre-Design Study by FFA Architects, with input from the communities involved, recommended library square footage and features and included projected possible costs.
December 2013: A facilities study by BergerABAM identified the need for new library facilities in Woodland, Ridgefield and Washougal.
In the news
- Staying put: Ridgefield's library to expand (The Reflector, 6/12/2018)
- Ridgefield library's new home won't require it to move (The Columbian, 5/23/2018)
- One option for Ridgefield library shelved (The Columbian, 1/17/2018)
- Supporters of new Ridgefield library eager for more progress (The Columbian, 11/1/2017)
- Ridgefield Main Street hires first executive director (The Columbian, 9/19/2017)
- Mayor: Ridgefield on the ‘path of progress’ (The Reflector, 2/14/2017)
- 3 small cities strive to book new libraries (The Columbian, 11/26/2015)
- Ridgefield, Woodland libraries get design priority (The Reflector, 5/28/2014)
- Study reveals Ridgefield, Woodland need new libraries (The Reflector, 4/30/2014)