Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Portage Public Library Board Reviews Estimates for Expansion Project

Early library project costs come in; expansion put between $1.8 million and $2.4 million. (Portage Daily Register, 6/15/2011)

Excerpt Estimates for the proposed Portage Public Library expansion project are between $1.8 million and $2.4 million, according to project architect Michael Bahr of Plunkett Rayisch Architects.

Those "very early numbers," however, are subject to a lot of change, based on the discussion from members of the Portage Library Board on Tuesday.

Several board members suggested Tuesday that parts of the project, which likely would be supported by a combination of public money, grants and private fundraising, could be pared down to bring the project closer to between $1 million and 1.5 million.

A near 6,000 square-foot expansion of the 253 West Edgewater St. building would entail improvements to stormwater issues at the main entrance, interior renovations to create a young adult area, the addition of a children's area and other interior renovations related to staffing the library

Related articles:
Library expansion plans continue to develop.  (2/9/2011)
Library expansion to focus on youth services.  (10/15/2010)
Putting together the financial pieces for building expansion.  (5/12/2010)
Library seeks community input for expansion.  (1/13/2010)
Board discussion rental property options.  (11/11/2009)

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