Preliminary design work is under way for a two-story, 40,000 square-foot new Paul Sawyier Public Library on Wapping Street, next door to the current library building.
The library board, in a special meeting Thursday evening, gave architects unanimous approval to continue with the schematic design phase, which should be completed in about three weeks. The total project can't exceed $7.5 million, according to the board.
Three weeks ago, the board met with architects and discussed parking and elevation for the new library. Thursday, the board approved the architects' recommendations of a first-floor level of 513 feet above sea level, which is reportedly above the 500-year floodplain.
The board also approved a parking concept, which will have 28 spaces below the library building and 23 other spaces on site. It's hoping to have 38 more spaces as shared parking with the city.
In a swap last year, the city bought the current library building and the library board bought a large part of the adjacent parking lot from the city.
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