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Clearview Library District Building Program: It’s All About the People.

The Clearview Library District is considering a mill levy increase to pay for the construction and operation of a larger, more central library facility that better serves the growing communities of Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley. 

A new, 35,000-square-foot library facility would house:

  • State-of-the-art technology
  • A multi-purpose community meeting room
  • Dedicated quiet space
  • Collaboration space
  • A phenomenal children’s area
  • Access to more resources, popular materials, and programming

The Team

Architects – Barker Rinker Seacat
Owner’s Rep – Dan Spykstra, Wember, Inc.
Construction Manager at Risk – Fransen Pittman General Contractors
Financing – RBC Capital
Design Advisory Committee
Joann Perko, Library Board President
Katie Scherer, Library Board Secretary
Julie Stout, Library District resident
Joyce Johnson, Library Foundation President
Ann Kling, Director
Bud Hunt, IT & Technical Services Manager
Casey Lansinger, Public Services Manager

Frequently Asked Questions
    • As with other public amenities in our area, the demand for our services has grown. We are taking the lead from other public services that are building for the future. From a new recreation center to a new high school in Severance to the Innovation Center that is coming to Windsor High School-these projects show our community’s commitment to providing exemplary and modern public services and facilities to benefit citizens and add to our community’s exceptional reputation. These projects inspired our Clearview Library District Board, staff and Foundation to imagine what a 35,000-square-foot facility with, state-of-the-art technology, a multi-purpose community meeting room, dedicated quiet space, and a phenomenal children’s area would add to our community.

    • A new facility will provide ample shelf-space for the resources our library patrons expect and the floor-space for the technology they want to utilize. It will also provide space needed for popular programs that fill up quickly, such as children’s story times and teen and adult cooking and crafting events. It will give us the space we need to meet the varied needs of our children, senior citizens and everyone in between, as well as the workspace our staff needs to repair books, organize materials for reshelving, assemble crafts for popular programs, and provide excellent service.

    • We intend to add the greatest value for the greatest number of citizens and community organizations in our area, which is why the new library will feature a large community room that can be used to conduct training, seminars, and informational meetings. It will be one of the few community facilities in the area that is able to accommodate large-scale events.

    • Based on community feedback, the Clearview Library District Board of Directors will vote in August on whether to propose a November 2018 ballot initiative to ask voters to fund the construction and operation of a new facility. If approved by voters, construction would begin early the following year and take approximately one year to complete.

    • It is estimated that the building will cost $24 million dollars including development of the site, cost of building materials and labor, architect and project management fees, furniture, fixtures and equipment, landscaping, and operating costs. The cost to homeowners is estimated at $5 a month for a $300,000 residential property. Note that this cost may change based upon updated assessed value figures received in August, 2017.

    • In December 2016,  the library purchased property which is located at Greenspire Drive and East Main Street, near Main Street and Hollister Lake Road. (View the property here.)This is an investment property for the library and a potential future library site. It is large enough to serve Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley. This location is the geographic heart of our district. (Here is a link to our district map.) Being on Main Street will make the library more visible in the community, and we expect it will bring more foot traffic to the library and surrounding businesses. 

    • In January 2016, the Library Board, Downtown Development Agency and Town of Windsor received a matching grant from the Colorado Dept. of Local Affairs. The grant funded a study of five sites in the downtown Windsor area and immediately outside the downtown area as potential locations for a new building. All of the properties were judged on the same set of criteria including site capacity, image/visual quality, visibility, accessibility, demographic patterns, neighborhood compatibility, legal matters, availability of utilities, physiography, and cost effectiveness. Of the properties studied, the Greenspire property emerged as the best site for a variety of reasons:  affordability, geographic heart of the district, visibility, adequate space to build a 35,000 sq. ft. building with sufficient parking. The Library Board voted to purchase the Greenspire property; the closing was held on Dec. 15, 2016.

    • We expect that by the time the new library is built, the area will be much more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly than it is today. The Town of Windsor’s strategic plan details its commitment to a thoughtful framework and supportive infrastructure, which includes a traffic and roadways initiative that will positively impact all of Main Street, including the future library site.

    • If funding for a new facility is approved, the 3rd Street building will be sold, and the library will relocate once the new building is complete (about a year). Financially, the library cannot afford the overhead and maintenance costs associated with multiple facilities. While this facility would no longer house our library, we care about the neighborhood and what happens to the building. We are committed to working with our neighbors and potential buyers to ensure a good fit for everyone.

    • As good stewards of taxpayer dollars the Library focuses on fiscal responsibility when it comes to its budget. It is more cost effective to build one large library for the District than it would be to operate two smaller facilities which would not be able to provide the features that have been asked for by the people who use the library. As you may know, the Clearview Library District offers satellite programs at the Town Hall in Severance as well as Range View Elementary for children and adults. The bookmobile also stops by Town Hall on Tuesday mornings and Range View Elementary on Friday afternoons.

    • Yes. The bookmobile will continue to travel to neighborhoods in Windsor, Severance, and West Greeley.

    • In February 2016, Humphries Poli Architects conducted a “Mindbreaking” event with members of the community to launch the design process for a potential new library. In early 2017, the library received more than 1,800 responses to a survey and conducted focus groups with patrons and staff members. On April 4, 2017, the library along with its architect, Barker, Rinker, Seacat Design Firm (BRS),  held a community meeting to share the architectural plans for the new facility. Another public meeting was held on May 17th. A third meeting will be held on Monday, July 10 at 5:30 in the Windsor Severance Library, 720 Third St., Windsor.

    • If you would like to know more, please email us at

Take a sneak peek at several of the new library interiors - links below are best viewed on a mobile device:

The Community Room

The Entry Atrium

The Childrens Library