Round Rock approves funding to remodel former library building
Round Rock City Council voted unanimously Thursday, Sept. 28, to approve the final funding required for the renovation of the former home of the Round Rock Public Library, located at 216 E. Main Street.
The 44,000-square-foot building, which will maintain its designation as the Griffith Building, will include Round Rock Visitors Center and a two-story Arts and Culture gallery on the first floor, and the Round Rock Chamber on the second floor. The north side of the building will provide additional flex space for City operations.
“The Chamber has been looking for a new home for many years, so the thought of this coming to fruition in the near term is very exciting for us,” said Jordan, Robinson, Round Rock Chamber President and CEO. “As the City’s lead on economic development, we serve as the front door community to businesses and newcomers. We’re thrilled to have a modern office space that truly reflects Round Rock. This building will fit our needs for class A modern space today and for our future growth.”
In addition to a remodel of the building, the City anticipates relocating the Palm House, which currently houses the Round Rock Chamber on Main Street, to its original location in Palm Valley, at the Old Settlers Association along Highway 79. The space provided by the move will allow the City to build a paseo, or walkway, that connects Prete Plaza and the courtyard for the recently-opened Round Rock Public Library, which is adjacent to a new 289-space parking garage.
Approximately $10.7 million in Type B sales tax revenues were approved Thursday evening by Council to fund the paseo and Chamber portions of the project. The total cost of the project was $19.5 million.
Round Rock City Council voted unanimously in October 2022 to approve an architectural services agreement with McKinney York Architects, which has extensive experience in designing remodels of public buildings and gathering spaces. The City selected Braun & Butler Construction to oversee construction of the project.
The Palm House is expected to be relocated by January 2024, with construction on the remodel beginning in spring 2024. The project is expected to be completed near the end of summer 2025.
Griffith Building/Paseo Renderings
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