Bayside Library, Virginia Beach

The replacement of the undersized and aging Bayside Library in Virginia Beach was complicated by the urgent need to also replace the inadequate and aging adjacent police precinct facility. The size of the city-owned property seemed to require that some type of combined building was the logical approach given the limited amount of land.  The library department invited library patrons and the police department’s Citizens Advisory Group into the discussion very early in the planning stage. Citizens worked to understand the limitations and trade-offs and also identified a community value for keeping the two functions separated.  In collaboration, they located a new option.  They recommended that the city acquire a small amount of additional land from the adjacent hospital. That addition made enough room for two buildings, each with ample and distinct parking and public access. The separation also eliminated the significant operational complications from having a library and police facility in the same building.

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