Jan 28, 2022 Construction milestone achieved for Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library Whitestown branch
Last week, the Town of Whitestown officially transferred nearly 11 acres of land located at 6310 E. Albert S. White Drive in Whitestown to the Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library. The spot will serve as the location for HMMPL’s new library branch, slated to open in 2023.
“This is an important step forward,” HMMPL Board President Monty Korte said. “The Town of Whitestown’s willingness to donate this property for the project shows that they recognize the many benefits this library will bring to the community. We appreciate the trust they have placed in HMMPL to deliver high-quality services, programming and overall value to residents.”
Whitestown Town Council President Clinton Bohm said, “Here in Whitestown, we have focused on investing in amenities that increase the quality of life for our residents. Opening a library branch in the heart of our town has been a priority for over a decade. The recent opening of Main Street Park, along with plans for a new branch of the Hussey-Mayfield Library, provided the perfect opportunity for us to partner with the library to continue investing in the future of our town. Seeing this project come to fruition is such an exciting moment for our community.”
Bordered by two neighborhoods, the site provides ample space for the proposed 23,000 square foot building, parking and outdoor programming areas. Several acres of existing woodlands and walking trails on the property will be maintained and available for public use.
“We could not ask for a better location to build this branch,” Korte said. “This site meets the top needs identified in our recent community survey – accessibility, visibility, convenience and access to nature.”
Within coming weeks, several dead ash trees will be removed from the site in an effort to improve the health and safety of the woods. Construction of the new branch is expected to begin this spring. A team from krM Architecture is leading the design and construction of the branch. Designs for the new branch include dedicated children and teen areas, a makerspace, study rooms and a large, rentable meeting space.
“This new branch will provide all of the great services that our cardholders love and expect, as well as added benefits like outdoor programming space that we’re not able to provide at the current location,” HMMPL Executive Director Sarah Moore said. “I think cardholders, regardless of whether they live in Whitestown or Zionsville, will love the added convenience and additional programming opportunities that the branch will offer.”