An artist’s rendering of a new Kyle Public Library, which received the go-ahead Tuesday night from the Kyle City Council. City of Kyle image.
After more than three years of struggle to determine a budget and a location, the Kyle City Council unanimously approved moving forward with the construction of a new library during its meeting this week.
The council approved a final budget of $3.657 million, after setting the cost at $3.2 million last year. Councilmembers agreed that the project was long overdue and that the final result would be worth the extra expenditures.
“Our current library has been a great asset for our community for a very long time,” said Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson. “But the time is finally here to deliver a new library, with all the modern features libraries can now offer, to our citizens for them to use and be proud of for a long time to come.”
Construction of the new library is expected to start as early October of this year with completion expected by the end of 2011.
The 20,000-square-foot new Kyle library, located in the western part of Kyle’s historic downtown, will feature community rooms to accommodate meetings and gatherings, as well as special areas for teens and young children. Expanded computer areas and an outdoor plaza and amphitheater feature also will be included.
The exterior of the building will feature limestone and brick to mirror Kyle’s architectural brand established with the construction of its new city hall four years ago.
“The library building committee has worked diligently for the past year to plan a library that would serve the community of Kyle and become a true landmark for our city,” said Kathy Ryan, Library Building Committee chairperson. “We are delighted that the project has been approved by council and construction will begin soon.”
Kyle’s current 5,000 square foot library is located in the heart of downtown Kyle and has served the community since 1962. City officials have long been concerned that the city has outgrown the library as the city has expanded from a population of 5,314 on the 2000 Census to nearly 30,000 today.
“I am thrilled that we are able to bring forward such a quality project for our city,” said interim City Manager James Earp. “The building committee has done a very thorough job of making sure to meet the council’s expectations and getting as much for every dollar as possible.”
The architect for the new library is BLGY, Inc and the contractor is Raymond Construction, Inc.
The floor plan for a new Kyle Public Library. City of Kyle image.Email | Print