St. Paul, MN
The new Rondo Community Outreach Library replaces the current Lexington Branch Library and nearly doubles the space, providing more seating, books, public computers, community meeting space and an expansion of the library’s small business resource center. The library occupies the ground level and underground parking is provided for the library’s use.
This joint venture between the public library and a private developer utilizes the space above the library for a 234,000 SF mixed-use five-story project described as a major hub of economic development. Located in a very diverse and vibrant community dedicated to renovating older structures, the new building is designed as a traditional multi-family complex with a new urban edge. The residential component consists of 103 one- and two-bedroom units and 194 underground parking stalls. This urban-revitalizing project is illustrative of the essential role a library can play in maintaining a strong neighborhood by helping to renew a culturally diverse area.
The $25 million project is a showcase of new, affordable housing anchored by a library which will continue serving as a resource for the Hmong, Somali and other neighborhood populations.