Cascade Community and Public Library Gathering Space
For years, Cascade Township residents have shared with officials their desire for a community gathering space. During public input for the 2009 Master Plan, the 2011 Downtown Development Authority (DDA) Plan, and the 2014 Parks and Recreation Plan, residents shared a desire for more gathering spaces in the community.
With several acres of Township property in the vicinity of the library along, including property along Jacksmith Drive and 28th Street, community members have stated an interest in beautifying the space, and for finding ways to integrate the green space into the library facility, so patrons and residents have more opportunities for outdoor enjoyment.
Based on comments received from the community over the years, the Cascade Downtown Development Authority (DDA) moved forward with hiring a consultant (Viridis Design Group) to put together a design for the library property.
This past summer the Cascade community was invited to complete a survey, attend public meetings and submit comments to help create a design for the gathering space. Based on the survey responses and public meeting comments, Viridis completed a design, which was presented to the public at a July project meeting, a September DDA meeting and Township Board meeting.
While we received great feedback from the survey and public meetings, the Township Board feels that an additional public meeting should be held. The design will again be presented at a public open house on January 24, 2017. The purpose of the open house is to gather community comments on whether the proposed design is a good use of the property and whether the Township Board should proceed in adopting the design. If adopted, the DDA will have an option (with Township Board approval) to construct the design at a future date.
Should the DDA and Township Board make the decision to move forward with construction, the project would be paid for by the Cascade Downtown Development Authority (DDA). The funding source of the DDA is Tax Increment Financing (TIF). TIF Authorities capture the year-to-year growth in property values, on an annual basis from parcels located only within the district, and reinvest those dollars in public facilities located within the DDA TIF district.
If approved, there are a couple options for construction of the site. The design work was estimated as work being done in its entirety or as work being phased, potentially over 5 years. The preliminary cost estimates came in as follows:
Construct the entire project - approximately $2.1 million.
Construct the project in phases (construction over 5 year period) - approximately $2.7 million.
Please click the links below to view the drawings presented at the meeting.
January 24, 2017 Presentation
Please join us at the open house to see the final master plan for this exciting project.
Please join us at the public open house on January 24, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. at the Wisner Center. We encourage you to attend to voice your opinion on the proposed design.