Library board faces parking, flooding issues

By CHARLES PEARL State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Parking and elevation for the new library were two issues discussed at length by the Paul Sawyier Public Library Board and architects at a special meeting Friday afternoon.

Kevin Huse and Tim Fleck, architects with Woolen, Molzan and Partners Inc., of Indianapolis, brought three more computer sketches of floor plans for the board and library staff to examine. About six other sketches had been presented earlier.

After studying the earlier sketches, the library staff was "quite discouraged there was so little parking," said Donna Gibson, executive director of the library, at December's board meeting. She said it's important the public gets an outstanding library building and plenty of parking when the project is complete.

The new sketches show about 34 parking spaces on the Wapping Street parking lot property the library bought from the city for the new library site. In a swap, the city bought the current library building, which is adjacent to the parking lot.

To get more parking on the new library site and to stay within budget will require shrinking the square footage of the building, the architects said.

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