New Albany's $17 million Rose Run Park revitalization project will give the creek and surrounding wooded area a facelift, but another city landmark is in line for a concurrent update.
The Columbus Metropolitan Library is in the conceptual phase of planning a renovation to the interior and exterior of its New Albany branch at 200 Market St., according to Benjamin Reid, the branch manager.
Although a reconfiguration of the branch -- which opened in 2003 -- already was planned, library system leaders now anticipate it will coincide with the opening of the new Rose Run Park, Reid said. Part of the library's project will include adding a second entrance at the rear of the building to link to the pedestrian bridge and garden portions of the Rose Run improvements.
The city's Rose Run project will include a 34-foot bridge and promenade that will connect the New Albany-Plain Local School District campus to the library and Market Square.
The current version of Rose Run Park is accessible only by leisure trails and is part of the stream corridor, which runs mostly parallel to Dublin-Granville Road through New Albany until it meets Rocky Fork Creek in the New Albany Country Club, not far west of Greensward and Harlem roads.
Although the library's improvements won't be on the scale of other rebuilds or relocations, such as at the Dublin or Hilliard branches, respectively, the library system is excited to give New Albany a "refresh," said Ben Zenitsky, a spokesman for the library system. A cost estimate for the project is not yet available, he said.
Library leaders hope to complete improvements in fall 2019 to coincide with the opening of Rose Run Park, Zenitsky said. The park is supposed to be completed in late 2019, according to New Albany's website.
A portion of the library parking lot is blocked off to vehicles and will become part of a reading garden behind the library, said Adrienne Joly, New Albany's director of administrative services. The area will provide an area of solitude and reflection for visitors and it could serve as a space for smaller events, she said.
The Rose Run project will change how people interact with the library, Joly said, similar to the way the system's Main Library in downtown Columbus was improved with the addition of Topiary Park.
"I think it changes the experience that their patrons will have," she said.