Main Library: Past, Present and Future
With this in mind, we are envisioning a Main Library designed to meet a wide range of needs, one that will become a major destination in Uptown Charlotte.
What is the vision for the new Main Library?
Planning for a new Main Library has been underway for several years, and has included broad community input. The creative vision for the new Main Library – the “public commons” – has been the result of that input, and will inform design, programs, partnerships and more. This vision was developed with community input during visioning sessions led by consulting firm MACHINE, funded by the Knight Foundation. With the selection of the architectural team of Clark Nexsen, Snøhetta and brightspot strategy, there will begin a new phase of community input, through Town Hall meetings, surveys and workshops.
How is this connected to community initiatives?
- The North Tryon Vision Plan, which is bringing energy and attention to Main Library and its neighbors.
- The Seventh & Tryon redevelopment, which includes a new Main Library, refurbished McGlohon Theatre, housing, retail and more.
- The Mecklenburg County 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Plan, which includes $65 million in public funding for a new Main Library that will be combined with privately raised funds to build and enhance the new Main Library.
- Charlotte Center City Partners’ 2020 Vision Plan, in which North Tryon is one of six key focus areas.
- Nearby redevelopment such as the Carolina Theatre at Belk Place project led by Foundation For The Carolinas, the Discovery Place renovation and others.
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