Planning Notes

Welcome to our planning page. Here you’ll find up-to-date information on the steps we are taking in our building process, as well as our strategic plan.

Libraries have always changed, and we will continue to evolve as the community’s needs change. One thing that has remained constant is our commitment to continue to be a vital educational institution for our community.



Library Board Meeting - April 2018

For the past several months, City of Appleton and Appleton Public Library staff have been working on a request for proposal (RFP) for a mixed-use development which would include a public library. Submitted proposals have been evaluated and interviews with developers have been completed. Based on the proposals and interviews, City of Appleton staff have recommended moving forward with the RFP submitted by Commercials Horizons - which includes a mixed-use project with apartments and a new Appleton Public Library on the site of the current Soldier's Square ramp.

Library Building Process Update - 3/26/18

Members of the Appleton Public Library Building and Equipment Committee and City of Appleton Finance Committee met Monday, March 26 to discuss the downtown mixed-use project that would include a new library. 

Both the Finance Committee and the Building and Equipment Committee voted unanimously to continue moving forward with the Commercial Horizons proposal on the current Soldier’s Square ramp.

This will now go to the full City of Appleton Common Council (Wednesday, April 4) and Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees (Tuesday, April 17) for a vote. 

Mixed-Use Development Proposal Presentation

On Thursday, March 15 Mayor Hanna, city staff and members of the development team from Commercial Horizons gave a presentation on a proposed mixed-use development project that would include a new Appleton Public Library.

The presentation gave residents a chance to hear the details of that proposal that are available at this stage, as well as ask questions they have about the project. You can view the video by clicking the link below.

March 15 Mixed-Use Development Proposal Presentation and Q&A

Mixed-Use Development FAQ Page

The City of Appleton Common Council and Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees are considering a mixed-use library development proposal submitted by Commercial Horizons.

Library Building Process Update - 2/22/2018

For the past several months, City of Appleton and Appleton Public Library staff have been working on a request for proposal (RFP) for a mixed-use development which would include a public library. Proposals have been evaluated and interviews with developers have been completed.

There will be an informational presentation of the staff recommendation at a joint meeting of the City’s Finance Committee and the Library’s Building and Equipment Committee on Monday, February 26 in Council Chambers at 5:30 pm. The meeting is open to the public.

Library Building Process Update - 2/8/2018

For the past several months, City of Appleton and Appleton Public Library staff have been working on a request for proposal (RFP) for a mixed-use development which would include a public library. Proposals have been evaluated and interviews with developers have been completed.

There will be an informational presentation of the staff recommendation at a joint meeting of the City’s Finance Committee and the Library’s Building and Equipment Committee on Monday, February 26 in Council Chambers at 5:30 pm.

Library Board Meeting - January 2018

The Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees met Tuesday, January 16. As noted on the agenda, Library Director Rortvedt provided a brief informational update on the Request for Proposal (RFP) for a mixed-use library facility.

Director Rortvedt explained that the RFPs were due January 12 at noon. There were a total of five teams who submitted proposals. An internal team of City of Appleton staff will be reviewing the proposals in the coming weeks.

Library Board Meeting - November 2017

The Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees met Tuesday, November 14. As noted on the agenda, Library Director Rortvedt provided a brief informational update on the Request for Proposal (RFP) for a mixed-use library facility.

Director Rortvedt explained that the City of Appleton Common Council will review and vote on the RFP at the council meeting Wednesday, November 15. If approved, the RFP will be published Thursday, November 16.

Library Board Meeting - October 2017

The Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees met Tuesday, October 17. As noted on the agenda, the board of trustees discussed and voted on the proposed request for proposal (RFP) for a mixed-use library project.

The main components of the RFP include:

Library Board Meeting - September 2017

The Appleton Public Library Board of Trustees met Tuesday, September 19. As noted on the agenda, Director Rortvedt provided an update on the library building process.

Director Rortvedt explained that library and city staff are now working on drafting a request for proposals (RFP). The current plan is to bring the RFP back to the library board at the next meeting (October 17).

The meeting agenda, related documents, minutes and video are posted on the City of Appleton calendar.

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