CROWN POINT | Officials plan to break ground in spring for a library in the city's downtown.
"There won't be a groundbreaking until May. We're still a long way away," Crown Point Library Director Lynn Frank said.
The architectural firms Design Organization, of Valparaiso, and Peoria, Ill.-based PSA Dewberry, which specializes in civic buildings, are working together on the design of the building, Frank said.
The library, expected to cost about $12 million, is planned for a site at the north end of the downtown square, in the 100 block of North Main Street. It will replace the existing library at 214 S. Court St., which has outgrown its space.
City officials earlier this month authorized the sale of bonds to fund construction of the building. The cost will be borne by property owners in the Crown Point library district.
A 30-day remonstrance period ended in late July, with nobody registering opposition to the plan.
The final design is expected to closely match a conceptual rendering pictured on the library system's Facebook page, Frankel said. The rendering shows a two-story, red-brick building with a central atrium flanked by two wings.
The final design will be expected to comply with planning, zoning and historical guidelines in the city, Frank said.