Southdale Library Site

What else should be built with the new Southdale Library? Thatís the question Hennepin County is looking to answer.

The Hennepin County Regional Service Facility located at 7001 York Avenue will see many changes in the years ahead. The Service Center moved a few blocks away to Southdale Center Mall in mid-2016 and the District Court Facility will move to the Bloomington Civic Plaza on Old Shakopee Road in 2018. The Southdale Regional Library is tentatively scheduled to be reconstructed in 2020. There is plenty of room on the large site to accommodate a new library and other complementary uses.

The Edina Housing and Redevelopment Authority is working with HGA Architects and Planners to prepare preliminary concept plans for the site based on community input, market demand and best practices in library and mixed-use design.

These concepts will be used as a starting point when proposals from real estate developers are solicited and reviewed in 2017.

Check out the upcoming community meetings in the sidebar to the right. 

Current Project Status

After two successful Open Houses and five focus group conversations in December, the design team at HGA Architects is reviewing the hundreds of comments, ideas and suggestions that were received. Preliminary market studies, soils investigations, and environmental studies have also been completed. All of this information will be reviewed and considered in the weeks ahead.

At the Jan. 12, 2017, public workshop, the design team will summarize themes and preferences that have been identified. A few very preliminary concepts will be prepared and will serve as the starting point for the interactive discussion at this public workshop.

A fourth public workshop is being scheduled to get additional input and direction as the basic concepts are refined.  


2015 Hennepin County Presentation

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Project Updates

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Project Contact

Bill Neuendorf
Economic Development Manager

Upcoming Community Meetings

6-8 p.m.
Basic Concepts Workshop
Thursday, Jan. 12
Southdale Library
7001 York Ave. 

7-9 p.m.
Revised Concepts Workshop
Thursday, Feb. 9
Southdale Library
7001 York Ave. 

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More information on the Task Force, here.

Video update from Hennepin County Commissioner Jan Callison

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