AADL Branch Renovation and South Fifth Avenue Underground Parking Survey

Part I: Ann Arbor District Library - Downtown Library Branch Renovation/Redesign

In 2007, AADL conducted focus groups with 100 citizens to gather feedback on the redesign of the Downtown Library (their ideas follow). Please help us prioritize these ideas, and add your input by completing this section of the survey.

1. Regarding accessibility and safety, how important are the following features and enhancements for the Downtown Library and our community?

Not
Important
Somewhat
Important
Important Very
Important
Adequate public parking 285  
5%  
712  
12%  
1659  
27%  
3381  
56%  
Easy and safe drop off location for passengers 450  
7%  
1151  
19%  
1944  
32%  
2486  
41%  
Safe, welcoming pedestrian access to entrances 78  
1%  
576  
10%  
2031  
34%  
3339  
55%  
Convenient drive-up book return 609  
10%  
1308  
22%  
1784  
30%  
2317  
39%  
Well-lit and secured aisles and spaces in the library 140  
2%  
1014  
17%  
2431  
41%  
2415  
40%  
Concierge or greeter stations for customer service 1711  
29%  
2320  
39%  
1423  
24%  
541  
9%  



2. Regarding collection format and display, how important are the following features and enhancements for the Downtown Library and our community?

Not
Important
Somewhat
Important
Important Very
Important
Clear signage explaining what is offered and where it is located 73  
1%  
585  
10%  
2366  
39%  
2973  
50%  
“Face out” and featured displays of collections (i.e., Border’s) 1941  
33%  
2401  
40%  
1192  
20%  
423  
7%  
Larger dedicated space for local history and special collections 1463  
24%  
2859  
48%  
1286  
21%  
376  
6%  



3. Regarding children and teen areas, how important are the following features and enhancements for the Downtown Library and our community?

Not
Important
Somewhat
Important
Important Very
Important
A larger teen space 850  
15%  
2063  
36%  
2142  
37%  
733  
13%  
A more spacious, interactive and vibrant children’s room 685  
12%  
1577  
27%  
2145  
37%  
1409  
24%  
Adequately sized and dedicated youth program room immediately adjacent to the Children’s Department 734  
13%  
1881  
32%  
2173  
37%  
1008  
17%  



4. Regarding meeting and program spaces, how important are the following features and enhancements for the Downtown Library and our community?

Not
Important
Somewhat
Important
Important Very
Important
State-of-the-art public performance auditorium that will accommodate up to 400 people 2016  
34%  
1998  
34%  
1301  
22%  
642  
11%  
Meeting rooms for small group functions (tutoring and group study) 425  
7%  
1877  
31%  
2532  
42%  
1126  
19%  
Meeting rooms for larger group functions (community meetings, small performances and programs) 744  
12%  
1990  
33%  
2297  
39%  
930  
16%  
After-hours access to meeting and program spaces 1562  
26%  
2082  
35%  
1714  
29%  
583  
10%  
Gallery for display of art and exhibits 1045  
18%  
2412  
41%  
1802  
30%  
693  
12%  



5. Regarding technology access and needs, how important are the following features and enhancements for the Downtown Library and our community?

Not
Important
Somewhat
Important
Important Very
Important
Classrooms equipped with computers and electronic resources for people of all ages 584  
10%  
1395  
23%  
2096  
35%  
1883  
32%  
Express stations for short-term computer use 322  
5%  
1199  
20%  
2446  
41%  
1996  
33%  
More public-use computers 559  
9%  
1572  
26%  
2157  
36%  
1653  
28%  
More computer classes 1181  
20%  
2370  
40%  
1609  
27%  
760  
13%  
Download stations for music, video, multimedia 1808  
31%  
2171  
37%  
1333  
23%  
603  
10%  



6. Regarding community 'hub' and ambience, how important are the following features and enhancements for the Downtown Library and our community?

Not
Important
Somewhat
Important
Important Very
Important
Better natural and artificial lighting throughout the library 285  
5%  
1205  
20%  
2413  
40%  
2082  
35%  
Comfortable living-room style seating options throughout the building 556  
9%  
1554  
26%  
2337  
39%  
1549  
26%  
A full-service café 2947  
49%  
1606  
27%  
871  
15%  
559  
9%  
Library gift shop/retail store with library-related gifts (flowers, newspapers) 3981  
66%  
1404  
23%  
453  
8%  
156  
3%  
Public green space that creates an engaging indoor and outdoor presence 1049  
18%  
1927  
32%  
1758  
29%  
1256  
21%  
Dedicated ‘quiet’ areas 186  
3%  
737  
12%  
2016  
34%  
3045  
51%  
Color and varied textures throughout the building 1167  
20%  
2261  
38%  
1736  
29%  
802  
13%  
Public art integrated into the building design 938  
16%  
1988  
33%  
1877  
32%  
1143  
19%  



7. Is there anything else you think is important to consider in planning the Downtown Library renovation/redesign?

View all 2238 responses.

8. Please identify your level of agreement with the following statement: A renovated or new Downtown Library is needed.

Strongly Disagree 246 4%
Disagree 611 10%
Mixed 2226 37%
Agree 1784 30%
Strongly Agree 1079 18%
Total 5946 100%




Part II: South Fifth Avenue Underground Parking Structure

There is a commitment to constructing new public parking in the downtown core area to support the activities at the Library, nearby government offices, and commercial areas. Building an underground parking structure (rather than an above ground structure) on the S. Fifth Avenue (Library) lot provides an opportunity for the land above to be set aside for future uses.Underground parking structures historically have been less than welcoming environments. Recent structures have been designed with features that are much more accomodating to both drivers and pedestrians. Please review the pictures on this linked webpage and then answer the following questions to help us in our planning of this structure.

9. Please identify how much value you see in the following possible parking structure features:

No
Value
Low
Value
Some
Value
High
Value
Very High
Value
A welcoming environment (e.g.natural light, public art, 'warm' surfaces) 293  
5%  
546  
9%  
1673  
28%  
1924  
32%  
1510  
25%  
Below grade direct pedestrian access to the Library 249  
4%  
408  
7%  
1423  
24%  
2109  
36%  
1726  
29%  
Fast in and out 126  
2%  
225  
4%  
1086  
18%  
2422  
41%  
2082  
35%  
Sense of safety and security as driver and as a pedestrian 65  
1%  
58  
1%  
300  
5%  
1348  
23%  
4178  
70%  
Easily acccessed pedestrian links toward the Main Street, State Street and Liberty Street areas 136  
2%  
206  
3%  
1037  
17%  
2321  
39%  
2227  
38%  
Bicycle accommodations (i.e. secure lockers, hoops, changing rooms) 317  
5%  
647  
11%  
1687  
28%  
1884  
32%  
1396  
24%  
One stop convenience services (i.e. mailing services, dry cleaning drop off/pick up, coffee stand) 2275  
39%  
1641  
28%  
1207  
20%  
537  
9%  
243  
4%  
Environmentally friendly design (i.e. porous pavers at the surface, storm water management, LED lighting, landscaping) 180  
3%  
305  
5%  
921  
16%  
1719  
29%  
2800  
47%  
Pedestrian amenities (benches, creatively design walkways and walls, protection from vehicle traffic) 268  
5%  
433  
7%  
1385  
23%  
2049  
35%  
1783  
30%  

10. I am likely to use the proposed structure:

Never 371 6%
Less than once a month 1420 24%
1-3 times a month 2956 49%
1-3 times a week 1080 18%
4-7 days a week 164 3%
Total 5991 100%



11. I am a resident of the city of Ann Arbor

Yes 4917 82%
No 1099 18%
Total 6016 100%



12. I am a resident of the Ann Arbor District Library district

Yes 5635 94%
No 355 6%
Total 5990 100%



13. How often do you use the Downtown Library?

Never 174 3%
Yearly 1228 20%
Monthly 2881 48%
Weekly 1604 27%
Daily 142 2%
Total 6029 100%



14. Which of the descriptions in the drop down menu match your most common downtown parking pattern ? (motor vehice parking only)

I park using a permit,3 days a week or more. 314 5%
I park using a permit, less than 3 days a week. 70 1%
MI park NOT using a permit, 4-7 days a week. 289 5%
I park NOT using a permit, 1-3 days a week. 1788 30%
I park downtown less than once per week. 3008 51%
I never park downtown. 454 8%
Total 5923 100%



15. In coming downtown, I most often park

At meters 1239 22%
In surface lots 1185 21%
In a structure 1043 18%
Equally split between the three above 1825 32%
At bike lockers and hoops 346 6%
Total 5638 100%



16. I use the South Fifth Avenue surface lot (next to the Library)

Never 1174 20%
Less than 1 day a month 2370 40%
1-3 days a month 1887 32%
1-3 days a week 509 9%
At least 4 days a week 36 1%
Total 5976 100%



17. I am a

Male 1936 32%
Female 4066 68%
Total 6002 100%



18. What is your age?

Less than 18 78 1%
18-30 years 1145 19%
31-40 years 1057 18%
41-50 years 1259 21%
51-60 years 1319 22%
61-70 years 768 13%
Over 70 years 350 6%
Total 5976 100%



19. Do you have any children/youth under 18 living in your home?

Yes 2158 36%
No 3800 64%
Total 5958 100%



20. What is your education?

High School or less 133 2%
Some College 621 10%
Bachelor's Degree 1546 26%
Post-Grad Work 3697 62%
Total 5997 100%