Alan Sepe, the City’s Director of Public Properties, reports that work on the Washington Park library building is proceeding according to schedule.
The ceiling has been replaced, as has the wiring for the ceiling lights. The interior is being repainted and new flooring is being laid. The fire alarm system is being upgraded, new front doors will be installed, and the heating, ventilation, and electrical systems are being checked out. The City is refilling the oil tank, which was empty.
The exterior of the building is being cleaned and the bricks are being repointed as needed.
The building will be leased to PPL for the customary $1 a year, with the Library responsible for maintenance.
Alan Sepe expects the building to be finished and ready to be reopened by late May. Word is that PPL will soon sign the agreement promising to provide library services in the building for at least one to two years after the branch opens its doors again.
It will be a real shame if the Library refuses to sign the agreement after the City has gone to the trouble and expense of renovating the building. What’s delaying the signing?