CROWN POINT | City officials have authorized the sale of bonds to fund a nearly $12 million new downtown library.
The library, planned for a site in the 100 block of Main Street, was hailed by City Council members as a welcome addition.
"What keeps a downtown healthy is foot traffic," City Councilwoman Carol Drasga, R-at large, said. "You never want to give up on anything that encourages foot traffic."
The new library, pictured in an artist's rendering as a two-story, red brick building with a central atrium between two wings, is set to occupy space between Main Street, Robinson Court and North East Street.
Patrick Schuster, a member of the Library Board of Trustees, described the building as "very functional," yet large enough to accommodate a growing community's needs. "It's nothing over the top, bare necessity."
Lack of space in the existing library, at 214 S. Court St., led to frequent book sales just to make room for new books, Schuster said.
Area residents appeared to like the idea of having the library downtown, officials said.
"The overall sentiment is that the downtown was well-received," Mayor David Uran said.
Nobody signed on to oppose plans for the library during a 30-day remonstrance period that ended late last month.
"That's a great comment," Drasga said.
Funding for the new library will be paid from taxes on property within the library district.