Archive for Monday, March 14, 2011

Gould Evans architects collect input from residents about Lawrence Public Library expansion

March 14, 2011


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.


justforfun 7 years, 3 months ago

How about refuse to be part of this colossal waste of money!!

Sharon Aikins 7 years, 3 months ago

Do the architects charge for their time for these meetings? I guess I will forever be appalled by the cost of this project and the timing with the economy as it is. And to spend it at this awful, inaccessible location, incredible but typical of Lawrence!

BruceWayne 7 years, 3 months ago

if the design is not final how on earth did they come up with the 18 million dollar budget? this was/is a bad idea that never should have made it to the ballot.

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