GRIFFITH | After a groundbreaking ceremony last month for the new public library, construction now has begun.
"All permit costs and development fees have been paid by the library," Ana Grandfield, director of the Lake County Public Library System, said Tuesday. "Permits were issued immediately."
Griffith Town Council President Glen Gaby, R-1, said sewer and water fees to begin construction totaled about $15,000.
The new building, at the southwest corner of 45th and Colfax avenues, is 15,000 square feet.
It will feature a limestone exterior with landscaping that should please the town's standards, Grandfield said.
With almost twice the space as the old library, the new one will have individual rooms for community meetings and children's programs, Grandfield said.
The selection of books and recorded media also will be larger, she said.
A name for the new facility has yet to be decided, Grandfield said, but likely choices are the 45th Avenue branch or Griffith Regional branch library.
Meanwhile, the town wants to make a deal to obtain the current 8,811-square-foot library building on Broad Street, Gaby said, but Grandfield said the library board has not yet made a decision on the disposition of that building.
That's not to say an agreement could not be reached in the future, she said.
"Their position is that it is too premature to make a decision since the building is currently being used and will be used for the transition period," she said.