The following is an update on our expansion and remodel from our director, Liz Rozelle.
If you have been curious about how the library building project is coming along, I have an update. I hope to publish these reports along the way to keep our community informed about the progress of this project. Your support as we worked together to convince the town council to approve funding was the key to success for this exciting project. This is your library and your project and I want you to know how things are going. Feel free to contact me at (765) 759-9723 anytime, and I can update you personally as well.
Homeland Security has designated a portion of the library parking lot as being in a floodplain. This will not stop the project from going forward, however, the process we have to go through will simply delay the project. The architect and I are working through the process and working with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) to make sure we jump through all the necessary hoops to get this accomplished. We have completed the required elevation surveys and are now working to get the hydrology report that is also required.
This leads us to two possible scenarios at this time. If we get the OK from the DNR to proceed and can get the project bid by September, we are hoping to break ground by mid-October. Work would begin on the addition with the goal of getting this new structure in the ground and covered by mid-December. Once that is done, the crew will start working on remodeling the interior of the existing library during the winter months. In the spring, the work could move outdoors and the outside remodeling will be done.
If the floodplain issues are not resolved soon enough, the project will be bid in the early spring and construction would start then also. Either way, it will take about one year to complete the project. Along the way, we will need to be patient and keep our eye on the prize. We plan to stay open as much as we can and only anticipate short closings throughout the project. In the end, we will have a beautiful library that functions for everyone!