Sneak Preview at Temporary Library Location

Bryan Proctor and Pam Marks

As the Anderson Public Library prepares to start their expansion project this year so they can offer more services to everyone in the county, their temporary location is taking shape to hold the library during the construction process.  The library chose the old Phoenix Academy building on Industry Road as, according to the library board chairman, Bryan Proctor, it was the only suitable building available.

The building has seen considerable construction to make it work for the library for the 12 to 18 months that it will be at that location.  The building has two floors but didn’t have a staircase connecting them.  A new staircase was installed, along with ramps outside to allow people with disabilities to access the lower floor.

The lower floor is seeing a more complete renovation and is nearing completion, according to library director, Pam Marks, at the last library board meeting.  The floors are being painted and a drop ceiling is being installed.

Parking has also been considered.  The owners of Custom Tool & Manufacturing, which is located directly across from the temporary library location, has graciously allowed the library to use the parking spots nearest the library building.

Financially, the library has considerable funds available for the expansion project.  It is also seeing very favorable interest rates for the loans it will be receiving to pay for the rest of the project.  They are not seeing any need to raise taxes during the expansion as it has been well planned financially.

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