Ankeny Plans New Library and Council Chambers

Kirkendall Public Library in Ankeny. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

Kirkendall Public Library in Ankeny. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

ANKENY, Iowa- The City Council of Ankeny is considering an option on some land in the Prairie Trail subdivision of town for a new Library and Council Chambers Building.

In recent years the City has been studying space needs of various City offices. Two areas which have great needs are the Library, and the City Council Chambers. So the City Council is considering a a new building to house both.

“The library is about 23,000 ft. it’s about two decades old the city is not added library space during that time, “said City Manager David Jones. “So it’s woefully under-sized for city of our size,” added Jones.

Ankeny has around 60,000 residents, and is the third fastest growing city in the country, according to Jones.

“The only issue with our current city hall is our current city council chambers it’s undersized for our needs,” said Jones. “So rather than completely illuminate this building from consideration we’re going to continue to have City Hall here on first Street, and were going to build a larger council chambers and public room essentially as part of the library at Prairie Trail.”

The new Library/ Council Building would be a $17 million dollar project.

The City is also planning to build a 3rd fire station on 36th Street by Otter Creek Golf Course.

The City is planning a bond issue vote possibly in May of 2017.