Cedar Rapids Public Library enters next phase of construction project

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April 3, 2014 | 7:18 am

The next step in the new library project is now underway. Sections of fence are slated to go this week around the new library’s site, located at 421 4th Avenue SE.

“We are very excited to start the next phase of this project,” said Bob Pasicznyuk, the library’s director. “We’re going to have a library that people will treasure for generations.”

Before demolition can begin, everything that can be recycled from inside the former TrueNorth building  will be removed from the site. Recycling and re-purposing materials earns the library project points towards the goal of platinum certification in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system. This means everything from doors to toilets to electrical fixtures will be recycled, with the goal to keep 90 percent of the materiel from the former TrueNorth building out of the landfill.

Demolition is anticipated to begin after the first of the year.

The library will host a community celebration in March to mark the beginning of the next phase of construction.

The new library will open completely debt free. Federal disaster dollars, a state I-JOBS grant and private donations are paying most of the cost of the new library with the help of $4 million in revenue from the city’s local-option sales tax. No revenue from city property taxes is being used.

The new library is expected to open in June 2013.

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