The Anchorage Public Library and Anchorage Library Foundation are working to establish a downtown library, which has the potential to play an important role in the revitalization of downtown and could serve as an anchor tenant for a multi-use development.
This project is made possible by a generous bequest from Janet and John Goetz, long-time downtown residents who had a vision to establish a walkable library to serve the diverse needs of downtown residents, workers and visitors. ADN Article – A longtime Anchorage resident wanted a downtown library. She left a lot of money for it.
In early 2017 the Library established a Downtown Library Exploration Committee made up of members of the community with expertise and interest in downtown development. A smaller internal working group is currently conducting research and interviewing community partners to help shape the vision and mission of the downtown library. If your business or organization would like to meet with the team or if you have individual input, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The internal working group will present their initial findings to the Exploration Committee and plan next steps in late spring 2017.
Meetings with Community Members (as of 5/25/17):
- Fairview, Government Hill and South Addition Community Councils
- Assembly Member Chris Constant
- Catholic Social Services, Refugee and Immigration Assistance Services
- Eklutna Tribal Council
- Atwood Foundation
- Anchorage Economic Development Corporation
- First Alaskans Institute, staff brainstorming session
- Kate Slyker, Tennys Owens, community members
- MOA Mayor’s Office, George Martinez
- Anchorage Community Development Authority
- Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
- Eklutna Native Village, Chief Lee Stephan
- MOA Transit, Abul Hassan and Bart Rudolph
- Covenant House, Education/Career Development Staff
- Bridge Builders, Board of Directors
- MOA Real Estate Director, Robin Ward
- MOA Planning
- AEDC Business Development, Will Kyzer
- Jamie Boring, Downtown Partnership
- Cook Inlet Housing Authority
- First Alaskans Institute
- The Boardroom, Katherine Jernstrom
- MOA Parks and Recreation, Josh Durand
Presentation to Downtown Library Exploration Committee on Jan. 27, 2017: