Architects designing the $18 million library expansion received feedback on a variety of issues Sunday afternoon at a public discussion initiated by the Old West Lawrence Association.
Crosswalks, the height and appearance of a parking garage, entryways and safety concerns were discussed as architects from Gould Evans presented some of the initial design plans.
“This is an initial listening conversation,” said City Manager David Corliss, who talked to the roughly two dozen people attending the hour-and-a-half-long meeting at the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
David Carttar, president of the Old West Lawrence Neighborhood Association, said it was important for the association to engage in a dialogue with city officials and architects before firm plans are set for the actual design of the expansion.
“We interact with it more regularly,” Carttar said of the library in his neighborhood, identifying the association’s two main concerns as pedestrian safety and the appearance of any new structures.
Carttar said that the meeting was “really constructive.”
The public will have future opportunities for input about the expansion design as architects and city officials address the key issues raised, Corliss said.
By the end of this year or early 2012, Corliss said, city officials hope to move on to the actual building and construction phase.
Future meeting dates and times for public discussion about the expansion will be announced as they’re planned, he said.