Amy Van Andel Library and Community Center

Proposed Plans - May, 2019

A Central "Hub" of Community Life in the Village

The Envision Ada Plan for redevelopment of the Ada Village area identified a lack of civic space and the need for a central "hub" of community life in the Village. To meet this need, Ada Township is undertaking the development of the Amy Van Andel Library and Community Center on the north side of Headley St., between Fulton St. (M-21) and Ada Dr. The library component of the facility will be a new branch of the Kent District Library (KDL) system. Ada's new library and community center will include a library of the future, containing not only traditional hard-copy books and periodicals, but also access to digital media and unique spaces and facilities for programs and experiential learning opportunities for persons of all ages. The building will also include a variety of flexible multi-purpose spaces for a variety of community meetings, including small study rooms, conference rooms and meeting rooms.

The design of the new facility is being led by the architectural team of Progressive AE of Grand Rapids. The design process has been guided by a Building Committee comprised of Township officials, KDL representatives and Township residents.

Construction is in progress, with completion and opening of the building to the pulbic scheduled for late 2020.

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Ada Township and the Ada Township DDA have $3.7 million in public funds allocated to the project. The balance of the project cost is targeted to come from private contributions to the "Our Next Chapter-Ada" capital campaign fund. Led by a generous gift from Steve and Amy Van Andel and significant gifts from other major donors, the capital campaign is nearing its campaign goal of over $7 million.

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Building Committee Membership


Terry Bowersox, DDA Board Chair

Melissa DeVos, Township resident

Lindsey Dorfman, Director of Branch Services/Operations, KDL

George Haga, Township Supervisor

Bryan Harrison, DDA Board member

Paul Krieger, Township resident

Paul LeBlanc, Township Trustee

Warren Rempel, Township resident

Kurt Stevens, Director of Information Technology, KDL

Amy Van Andel, Township resident

Christopher Wilson, Township resident

Penni Zurgable, Adult Services Librarian, KDL; Township resident

Help Write Our Next Chapter

Township residents are invited to join in bringing this important investiment in Ada's future to fruition by "buying" an engraved brick or paving block that will be placed at the library and community center site. Visit the Our Next Chapter-Ada web site to participate.BrickImage.jpg#asset:5104

Project Documents