Fayetteville Public Library will officially begin their expansion project with a demolition kickoff event at the former City Hospital property on Tuesday, July 17 at 9 a.m. Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan, along with members of various Fayetteville Public Library boards, will participate. The event is free and open to the public.
“We are beyond thrilled to begin the demolition phase of the library’s expansion project,” said David Johnson, executive director at Fayetteville Public Library. “We are grateful to the citizens of Fayetteville for believing in the library’s mission and for allowing us to expand in order to meet the needs of our growing community for generations to come.”
Demolition work on the property will take approximately three months followed by grading and site preparation through the end of this year. Construction on the 70,000+ square foot library expansion is expected to begin in early 2019 and be completed by mid-2020.
In addition to the City of Fayetteville, the library is partnering with MSR Design and Crossland Construction on the expansion project. Both firms were involved in the design and construction of the existing Blair Library back in 2004.
Among other new features and services, the expanded library will:
- Double the size of Youth Services
- Add an Innovation Center complete with audio/visual recording studio, virtual reality room, photography studio, a simulation lab and more
- Add a 700-seat multipurpose center
- Add an outdoor courtyard and green spaces
- Increase the number of meeting, study and collaboration spaces
- Add a stand-alone genealogy and local history space
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