Construction begins of parking lot for Crown Point library

2012-11-15T23:30:00Z Construction begins of parking lot for Crown Point librarySusan Erler, (219) 662-5336
November 15, 2012 11:30 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Construction of an off-site parking lot is under way in a final phase of work related to the new city library in the 100 block of North Main Street.

Workers this week excavated pavement at Main Street and Robinson court to attach parking lot storm sewers to an underground main, City Engineer Tris Miles said.

The work was expected to close Robinson Court through 5 p.m. today.

Robinson Court is to be designated one-way westbound between East and Main Streets. The one-time alley had been a two-way street.

Concrete barriers are to be installed to prevent left turns onto Main Street from Robinson Court, Miles said.

The start of the work on the off-site parking lot for workers and patrons of the library had been delayed while parties involved in a lawsuit over the lot worked on a settlement.

A main library parking lot opened without incident.

An agreement resolving issues raised in the lawsuit was being fine tuned late this week.

"There are settlement documents in the works," said David Austgen, whose Austgen Kuiper and Associates occupies Main Street Professional Center, 2100 N. Main St., west of the off-site parking lot.

Main Street Professional Center in July sued the Crown Point Plan Commission and Board of Public Works and Safety, along with the Crown Point Community Library, regarding permitting of the parking lot.

Street parking on Robinson Court, storm water drainage and fencing and landscaping of the parking lot were among issues to be resolved in the settlement.

The $12 million library was averaging about 1,000 visitors a day after opening in mid-October, Library Director Lynn Frank said.

The number is nearly double the average daily patronage of the former library at 214 S. Court St., which closed Sept. 29 after 40 years.

Nearly 400 new library cards had been issued in the first week of business for the new library, Frank said.

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