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HPL Unveils $35 Million Renovation Plan

by J. Rossetti-Ford

On Friday, September 18, Hartford Public Library (HPL) Chief Librarian Louise Blacock and William Large, President of the HPL Board of Directors, officially unveiled plans for a major renovation and expansion of the 40-year old main library building, the city of Hartford's last major building without air-conditioning.

Large stated that plans call for the addition of a three story, 21,000 square foot "glass bridge" and a 23,000 square foot, three story wing to be built along Arch Street. The price tag of the project is $35 million, with $15 million already available from a 1996 city bond issue.
Another $15 million bond package will be put before the voters in the year 2000. The remaining $5 million will be raised by the Library itself through a fundraising campaign that is already underway.

According to Blalock, the project will be done in two phases: new construction, which is expected to be completed in December, 1999, and the renovation of the existing building, which is due for completion in July, 2001.

"This two step process will enable the library to occupy the building during the renovation, saving millions in temporary relocation costs. In addition to air conditioning and all new electrical and mechanical systems, the new library building will include, in part, a new children's library, an "electronic commons" with computers and Internet access, a multimedia center, a learning lab and a TV studio for use by Hartford Community Access Television. There will also be a new parking structure built across the Conlan-Whitehead highway on the east side of the building," said Blalock.

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