Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ebooks, Netflix, and Library Building Projects (Part 6, Oak Ridge Public Library)

Oak Ridge library expansion eyed. (, 4/14/2011)

ExcerptA major expansion of the Oak Ridge Library would be costly but it's needed, city officials said this week.

"We are full, and things need to be renovated,'' library director Kathy McNeilly said.

It's estimated the project would cost $6 million to $7.5 million, she said.

Funding isn't currently budgeted, but preliminary financial planning is under way, City Manager Mark S. Watson said Wednesday.

Design plans with four options for a library expansion were unveiled during a public meeting Tuesday night.

The Knoxville firm Cockrill Design Inc. conducted the study, McNeilly said. The company has been involved in other area library projects, she said.

Three proposals call for a second floor to be built on top of the current children's library area.

A fourth option would enlarge the facility's footprint and expand the current single-story building out onto a nearby parking lot, Watson said

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