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January 14th, 2011
Kyle breaks ground on new library

STAFF REPORT

Kyle officials were joined today by U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett and a host of 100-150 onlookers as ground was broken signifying the beginning of construction on the new Kyle Public Library.

PHOTO by KAY RICHTER

“We have been talking about building a new library for a very long time,” said Kyle Mayor Lucy Johnson.”We are all very excited to finally be moving dirt and preparing to build this lovely facility. I believe our citizens are going to be very proud of this library and that it will add a great deal to the character of our entire city.”

Doggett addressed the crowd of onlookers and praised the city on its commitment to striving to meet the needs of the citizens.

“Like the Senior Zone in the refurbished historic city hall and the new fire station, this library represents another important step in serving the needs of more and more families who are making Kyle their home,” Doggett said.

The approved budget for the library is $3.567 million and was over the $3.2 million target set by the council in 2009, but council members agreed that project was long overdue and that the final result would be worth the extra expenditures. “These are difficult economic times and library services are more important than ever during times like these,” said Kathy Ryan, chairperson for the Library Building Committee.

The new Kyle Pubic Library, located in the historic downtown western part of Kyle‚ will be 20,000 square feet and 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 feature will also be included. The exterior of the building will feature limestone and brick and will mirror Kyle’s architectural brand established with the construction of its new City Hall five years ago.

The city’s current 5,000 square foot library is located in the heart of downtown Kyle and has served the community since 1962. Since then, Kyle has grown from a small ranching community to a full service city of 30,000. Much of Kyle’s growth has occurred over the past 10 years when the city was the fifth fastest growing city in Texas.

PHOTO by KAY RICHTER

The completion of the new Kyle Public Library is expected by early- to mid-2012. The architect is BLGY, Inc and the contractor is Raymond Construction, Inc.

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