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To learn how the makerspace aligns with our mission and values, review our Strategic Plan.
Williams Architects of Itasca has been selected as the architect for the library makerspace.
Old Library BuildingThe future library makerspace is located at 112 N. Belmont Ave., near Recreation Park at the corner of Belmont and Miner, approximately .5 miles (10 minute walk) from the library.

The building housed the first standalone library in Arlington Heights; the Memorial Library engraving remains on the building entrance.
The Village of Arlington Heights transferred the property to the library on June 27, 2019.
The building is 8,000-square feet over two-levels, with an elevator. 
Basic floor plans of the existing layout are available here: Lower Level | Main Level 
The makerspace will offer opportunities for hands-on experiential learning, with technology and creative equipment and supplies for use.

Planned equipment includes laser cutters, 3D printers, embroidery, quilting and sewing machines, and computers for coding and programming small robots. A professional-grade commercial kitchen will also be included in the makerspace.
The makerspace will allow entrepreneurs, small businesses, hobbyists and students to use equipment they may not have the resources or space to own. 
Wheeling, Elk Grove, Northbrook, Barrington, Elmhurst, Naperville, Winnetka, Lake Zurich, Aurora, Algonquin and Grayslake libraries all have successful makerspaces.
The library is allocating resources in the capital projects fund for the makerspace.
The Arlington Heights Memorial Library Foundation has committed to support the library’s mission with a $50,000 donation and in-kind donations valued at $100,000. These donations will be designated to the commercial kitchen.
The Friends of the Library have made a commitment to donate $62,500, designated for a portion of the makerspace equipment costs.
The State of Illinois has awarded $100K to the library through a capital infrastructure improvement plan. Funds must be used for capital improvements to 112 N. Belmont Ave.
The library is seeking commercial, public and private partnerships and additional revenue sources to support operations and capital initiatives. Named recognition opportunities are available for rooms and equipment. Proposals for named recognition may be submitted through the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Foundation or Friends of the Library (donor/member-supported non-profit 501c3 organizations), or directly from a potential donor to the library’s executive director for consideration by the Board of Library Trustees.

Here is a breakdown of makerspace expense categories included in the 2019 budget and in the 2020 proposed budget.
2019 Belmont Makerspace Amended Budget
Salaries $14,396
Fringe Benefits $2,921
Contractual Services $24,780
Commodities $15,672
Capital Outlay $28,200
Total 2019 Expenditures $85,969

2020 Belmont Makerspace Proposed Budget

Salaries $414,503
Fringe Benefits $117,740
Contractual Services $73,867
Commodities $78,540
Property $54,500
Capital Outlay $759,000

Total Expenditures $1,498,150

The staffing portion of the proposed 2020 Belmont Makerspace budget includes one full time makerspace assistant manager’s 12 month salary, two part-time maintenance assistants for 12 months, and seven months of salaries for two part time security officers, four part time makerspace assistants, and two full time makerspace specialists.
The proposed 2020 budget for capital expenditures includes the remodel and buildout of 112 N. Belmont Ave. An engineering assessment, completed by SMC Engineering in 2019, estimates that Belmont will need approximately $297,000 in repairs in years 2020 and 2021. Repairs over the next 10 years, according to the engineering assessment, are $594,000, excluding build-out, finishes, equipment, furnishings, and commercial kitchen costs. Major capital repairs to the building include replacement of the roof systems, replacement of the 1998 HVAC air handling unit, and parking lot redesign and resurfacing. Interior capital expenditures included in the proposed 2020 budget include design and buildout of the makerspace, public computers, signage, and equipment.
Onsite parking currently includes 7 spaces in a small lot behind the building. There is one accessible space, and one space will be designated as short-term parking for project pickup or drop-off. The five remaining parking spaces would remain standard, for customer use. The Park District has provided access to the parking lots surrounding Recreation Park for overflow or special event parking. Library staff will be expected to park in the Park District parking lot. 
48 spaces are available on the following streets within one block of the building as follows:
16 - four hour spaces on Miner between Pine and Belmont
12 - four hour spaces on Pine between Miner and Wing
10 - two hour spaces on Wing between Pine and Belmont
10 - two hour spaces on Belmont north of Miner
46 spaces are available within two to three blocks of the building:
18 - four hour spaces on Miner and Wing between Pine and Arlington Heights Road
28 - two hour spaces on Pine and Belmont between Wing and Northwest Highway
Free garage parking is available .2 miles away in the Village of Arlington Heights North Garage (Eastman Entrance is Evergreen Avenue between Miner & Eastman, or Eastman Street west of Arlington Heights Road).
The library is working with the Village and the Park District to secure additional parking.
The makerspace is planned to be open five days a week for a total of 40 hours per week.
Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
Monday, Closed
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Wednesday, 11a.m.-8 p.m.
Thursday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.
Friday, Closed
Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The makerspace would initially operate with the hours listed above. The library expects to modify the actual days and hours of operation based on usage patterns.
The makerspace will not be open during the Frontier Days festival.
If your status is Confirmed Registration, your spot for the event is confirmed.

If registration for this event is full, you will be placed on a waiting list. Wait listed registrants are moved to the confirmed registration list (in the order of registration) when cancelations are received. You will receive an email notification if you are moved from the wait list to the confirmed registration list.

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