The Bond Advisory Committee recommended the library projects below undergo preliminary design for consideration in a proposed 2023 bond election. An open house was held on these projects on Wednesday July 27, 2022 at the Klein Road Elementary School cafeteria. The open house style public meeting allowed residents to review the current design options and ask questions of the project consultants. 

On October 17th,2022 the Bond Advisory Committee selected $183M in projects for recommendation to City Council. City Council will now review these projects to further reduce the list to the recommended $140M for the proposed bond election.  Projects listed as "Not Recommended" by the committee for bond funding may still be considered by Council for inclusion and will remain on the City's Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) for potential future development and funding through other sources.

  1. Southeast Branch Library
  2. Main Library Expansion, Outdoor Programs & Garden Area

Southeast Branch Library-Recommended

Project objectivesSE Library

Add a branch library to the existing library system to serve the fastest growing area in the city - South of the Guadalupe River and east/south of IH 35. The branch would have a strong youth and family focus and would be located in Guadalupe County and serve the 6 schools within walking distance. This project is a continuation of ongoing engineering work.

Project scope

The New Braunfels Southeast Branch Library is a 23,250-square foot building that is site and community responsive. The library will feature a large public plaza, garden space, café services, restrooms, and book sales. Additionally, the library will include a variety of rooms for quiet study and meetings. The Library Staff areas have views to the outside as well as a service window to better serve the public.

Risks and constraints

The area is growing fast, and a desirable parcel may be hard to find the longer the project is wait-listed.

Projects costs

$20M Total Cost |$17.6M Construction | $2.3M Additional Costs

Updated PER cost including staffing and Inflation -$28.5M

Project and preliminary design considerations

Schematic design was completed as part of the 2019 bond effort.

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