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.