The following is a third update on our expansion and remodel from our director, Liz Rozelle.
We continue to plan for the exciting building addition and remodeling project at the Yorktown Public Library! We are still working through the process of getting approval from the Department of Natural Resources to build on a floodplain. All the paperwork has been submitted and we are waiting for them to send an official approval. They have assured us there is every reason to believe the project will be approved. We will let you know as soon as we hear the official go ahead.
The architects from Stair Associates have finalized the location of inside walls for the project. At the September library board meeting they presented a preliminary drawing of the outside of the building. At the October library board meeting, they showed us some beautiful samples of the materials that may be used for the flooring, walls, and bathrooms. We also got to take a virtual tour through the building! These drawings can be viewed below.
The plan remains to begin construction of the addition in the spring as soon as the weather breaks. We will work with the architects to phase the project so we can remain open and continue to offer services as much as possible. We will work with community partners whenever possible to meet your library needs.
We appreciate your patience as we work through the process. We hope and expect to present the community with a public library everyone can be proud of and one that will serve all residents equally. This is your library, your community, and always remember it was your overwhelming support that helped get this project approved.
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!