CROWN POINT | A commission dedicated to preserving the historic look of the city's downtown square gave thumbs up this week to design revisions to a planned new library.
Still undecided is the fate of a building next door, at 120 N. Main St., housing the Hohman Karate school.
The current site plan for the $12 million new library would use the land currently occupied by the karate school building as a kind of common area for the city, Library Board member Patrick Schuster said.
An entrance to the library would open out onto the common area, south of the library building, Schuster said.
The city and the building owner are believed to be negotiating over the building, Schuster said.
"Nothing is finalized," he said. "I believe Hohman and the city are working diligently to make sure everybody's happy."
The owner of Hohman Karate School was not available for comment on Thursday.
The city's Historical Preservation Commission, meanwhile, approved a reddish brick for the building's exterior, as well as a newly designed north wall with fewer windows, board Chairman Paul Bremer said.
The new library, in the 100 block of North Main Street, is expected to open in early 2013, replacing the existing library at 214 S. Court St., which is outgrowing its space. City officials agreed to a bond sale earlier this year to pay for the new library. The cost will be borne by property owners in the Crown Point library district.