New C.P. library on target for 2012 opening

2011-10-31T19:10:00Z New C.P. library on target for 2012 openingSusan Erler, (219) 662-5336
October 31, 2011 7:10 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | Workers are continuing to install precast brick panels this week on the outside of a $12 million new library, which is on target for a late 2012 opening.

"We're on schedule," Library Director Lynn Frank said. "I'm very pleased with how things are going."

The schedule calls for exterior work on the 46,750-square-foot building in the 100 block of North Main Street to be completed within four weeks, before severe winter weather sets in, said Dion Katsouros, project manager with the Skillman Corp.

Roof installation will begin in the next few weeks, Katsouros said.

"Our intent is to have the building enclosed by the end of December." Interior work will begin after that.

Work on the replacement library began in June. The red brick building will occupy about a half block, rising to three stories.

Plans call for the second floor of the structure to house a children's section, and for a rain garden outside the main entrance, near the middle of the block.

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 historic Carnegie Center, 223 S. Main St.

The Carnegie Center opened in 1908, with help from a $12,000 donation from industrialist Andrew Carnegie.

A potential new Carnegie Center occupant has not yet been found, Frank said.

"I think everyone is interested in knowing what we'll be doing with the Carnegie Center," Frank said. But with a year left before the move to the new library, "it's hard to know."

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