CROWN POINT | Workers poured concrete this week to form outdoor walkways around the library being built on Main Street, with completion targeted for late this year.
Up next at the building site is landscaping, said Chris Muvceski, of The Skillman Corp., construction manager on the $12 million project.
Plans calls for a garden area to be installed outside the library south entrance near the middle of North Main Street.
The three-story, 46,750-square-foot library occupies nearly the whole north half of the block.
Work had been confined to the inside of the building during cold weather after the exterior was finished late last year. Construction began in June 2011.
The new library will replace a smaller structure on South Court Street, which opened in 1974 as an annex to the library's original home in the Carnegie Center, 223 S. Main St.
A 53-space parking lot is planned outside the library's south entrance, in between the new library and City Hall. A second, 25-space parking area meant primarily for library employees has been proposed at the northeast corner of East Street and Robinson Court, at the library's north end.
The proposed second parking lot awaits final approval by city officials, who also plan to consider making Robinson Court a one-way, westbound street. It's now an east-west street north of the library construction site.
A "Muddy Boots" tour of the building-in-progress is planned by library officials for noon to 2 p.m. April 14.