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Dp Residents Can View Library Plans At Gathering

Deer Park residents will have their first opportunity to view and comment on preliminary plans for the new Deer Park Library at an open house tonight from 7 to 8:30 at the City Council chambers.

Spokane County Library District officials, Lyn Dedas and Ellen Miller, will discuss the site selection and the district’s goals for the new building beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Mark Dailey of Integrus Architecture in Spokane will follow with a review of the preliminary building plans.

“I’m looking forward to meeting with Deer Park area residents and hearing their comments about the plans for a new library,” said Vickie Myers-Canfield, chair of the district’s board of trustees.

“We’re really excited about this project. We have a site that’s both beautiful and flexible, a location that’s convenient to kids and a budget that allows us the building size we hoped for,” she said.

The one-acre site on Forest Street north of the Deer Park hospital was recently donated to the district by the Dominican Network.

Funding for the new library is included in the $7.66 million bond issue approved by district voters in February 1996. The total project budget is $1.2 million, with $850,000 earmarked for actual construction.

Bids will be solicited in late March or early April, with construction to begin soon after. The new building will open in late fall.

, DataTimes