The following is a second update on our expansion and remodel from our director, Liz Rozelle.
We are getting excited as this project begins to take shape! Library staff and the board have been working on the interior design of this project, making sure we create a functional floor plan that solves the issues we have and fulfills the promises we made to the community. At every planning meeting we keep a copy of the brochure we presented to the community so we can ensure we create a beautiful yet functional library for Yorktown residents.
The proper reports have been submitted to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) regarding the floodplain issues. We are waiting patiently for the DNR to approve us moving forward. A representative of the DNR sees no reason we won’t get approved to build, we just have to go through the process to get that seal of approval.
It has been determined by the architects and engineer that this project will have to wait until Spring 2019 for ground breaking. This may actually be an advantage as we won’t have to worry about winter weather interfering with our progress. Bids for the project will likely be put out between Thanksgiving and Christmas. That should all be settled by January or February. Then, the shovels will hit the ground! It will take approximately one year to get everything completed.
During the building and remodeling phases, we will do everything possible to be open as much as is feasible. The project will be done in phases to accomplish this. We ask for your patience as we try to continue to provide excellent service with limited availability of library materials at different times throughout the project. The prize at the end will be well worth the inconveniences a building project causes.
I will put copies of the final floor plan at the front desk. If you are interested in seeing this document, you can view it below, or stop in and ask to take a look. Before you know it, we will have a beautiful new library that meets the needs of ALL members of our community. Exciting times are ahead!
As always, please feel free to stop in, call or email me with questions!
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!