Architects named for new Village Branch Library

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Lexington Public Library has selected EOP Architects and Group 4 Architecture to design the new Village Branch Library.

The new facility will be located at the existing site at 2185 Versailles Road, which the Library purchased late last year. The plans call for a two-story building covering roughly 30,000 square feet, replacing the current building which is just 13,000 square feet.

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EOP and Group 4 previously partnered to develop the Library’s master facilities plan in 2018, intended to guide the Library’s future growth and service plans.

During the planning process, LPL received input from more than 2,400 stakeholders, over 95% of whom supported a reimagining and expansion of the Village Branch as the first step in Lexington Public Library’s future needs.

“We have been working toward this moment for the past several years, and we are delighted that the Library’s Board of Trustees selected EOP and Group 4 for this important project,” said Executive Director Heather Dieffenbach.

“EOP’s understanding of our local community and architectural excellence combines with Group 4’s expertise in public library design, and we are confident that this combination will deliver the right library for our community – both for our current needs and for decades to come.”

EOP and Group 4 were selected, in part, because of their extensive plans to engage the public to determine what Cardinal Valley residents, Lexington’s international community, and the greater Lexington community want and need in the newest Library facility.

Community engagement will likely begin in early summer.