New library coming to Edgewater

Vol. XXII No. 1 - SPRING 2011

From the 3/4/2011 ASCO newsletter:

Of course it will have a green roof. It will even have silver LEED certification. But it will also have a lot more books.

A new Edgewater Branch Library has been approved by the Public Buildings Commission and the firm of noted architect Dirk Lohan has been contracted. The current library will be demolished, as well as the adjoining building. The new building will be in the same location, but the address and entrance will be on Broadway. More parking will be available. The plot will be bounded by Elmdale on the South, Norwood on the North, Broadway on the East and the public alley on the West.

The new building will be 18,665 square feet and two stories high.

It will include a reading room on each floor with stacks, a meeting room and an elevator. Library staff offices and a dividable community room are included. About $900,000 has been authorized for design and planning.

The site must be ready for construction by Nov. 16, 2011. A year is being allocated for construction with additional time periods for approvals and inspections. Improvements will be made to the public way.

Our State Representative, Harry Osterman, was approached by Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey and asked to obtain funds for a new Edgewater library. Now, as the incoming Alderman, he will have to negotiate a temporary site for our books and services.

Editor’s Note: Many residents were unaware that this plan was approved. Questions have been raised about the original and current Edgewater Branch Library building, which was an award winning design when it opened in 1973 and was built to accommodate a second floor. The current plan is to demolish this building instead of reusing the current building and designing an addition. Another controversy is the demolition of the building just north of the Library, which had businesses in it. Look carefully at the plan and note that the demolition is being done for about 5-7 parking places. The parking lot would interrupt the continuous street face. If you check out the “blogs,” you’ll find plenty of criticism for the design. Let your voice be heard. The Edgewater Community Buzz blog can be found at