Recent Expansion News
In 2013, the Cedar Mill Community Library Association (CMCLA) signed a letter of intent to lease additional space in the next phase of development in Central Bethany called the Plaza at Bethany Village located near the Bethany Athletic Club, Laurel Parc and the new West Parc Apartments. Construction on the Plaza at Bethany Village could begin in 2018, with library space ready by 2020.
The existing Bethany Library occupies approximately 4,600 square feet and houses a collection of over 55,000 items. The new Plaza at Bethany Village development would provide 10,000 square feet of space for the library. A larger library space would accommodate more chairs, tables, books, media, computers, programming space and a meeting room.
The library worked with FFA Architects to prepare a floor plan, rendering and cost estimates. At this planning stage, cost estimates to build out library space in this new development are approximately $2 million. There would also be additional leasing and operational costs. Since Bethany and Cedar Mill Libraries are outside city boundaries there is no public funding available for library buildings in our area. The solution to the community’s library space shortage depends on the private developer’s schedule and private support from community members. This will be one of the biggest projects ever taken on by the growing Bethany community. To learn more and get on the list for updates, stop by the Bethany Library or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.