WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (localmemphis.com) – After 20 years in the making, West Memphis is making progress to bring a new, state-of-the-art, library to the community.
City and library leaders broke ground on the future site of the West Memphis Library and Innovation Center Monday morning. Once complete, the new facility will be 1,400 square feet, which is double the size of the current library built decades ago.
The library, designed by Allen & Hoshall, will serve as more than a space to check out books. The design will feature meeting rooms and a space for a future coffee shop.
Mayor Marco McClendon said the library serves as the anchor of new development happening on Broadway Street.
“Just having a building that looks this well on Broadway will start to create hope in our city, more citizens will buy into what we’re doing,” he said.
McClendon said other new developments coming to Broadway St. include new fire stations, a police substation, and a municipal courthouse.
The project for the new library had been halted due to lack of funds. After McClendon’s election, he said the city was able to secure additional funding from Fidelity Bank.
The new library will cost roughly $4.3 million and expects to open in a year’s time.