Design for Monticello library could be ready by early summer

Design for Monticello library could be ready by early summer

MONTICELLO — What will a new library look like in Monticello? The Allerton Public Library Board may find out by early summer. That is when Apace Design of Peoria will likely deliver the first design drawings for a new building to be constructed on Green Apple Lane.

Library Director Lisa Winters told the board this week that architect Mark Missselhorn "said his intention is to start on it this month, and he said schematic design will take two to three months to complete."

No start date for the project was given, but it would likely be at least late summer before ground could be broken.

The library hopes to build a one-floor, 10,000- to 13,000-foot-library on the west side of town on 10.98 acres of land it purchased in December 2012. A $2.9 million bequest from the Max Hency estate would fund the project. After the $250,000 paid for the land, there is approximately $2.7 million of that estate gift remaining.


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GeneralLeePeeved wrote on March 07, 2014 at 8:03 am

As a long-time tax-paying resident of Monticello, I have serious concerns about this project.  The last thing we need is a fiasco similar to that in Champaign.  I have a couple of questions that, to date, have not been answered by the Library's Board.....(1) What do you expect the final tab to be on the new library? ....if it's more than the balance of the gift fund, where will the other funds come from? ....if it's less, what are your plans for the remainder...(2) Are the projected annual operating costs (heating, cooling, lighting, maintenance and staffing) the same as for the current location? ...if not, how will the shortfall be made up?   This project is already being criticized for the choice of new location......poor decison making with respect to the construction and/or operating costs should not be tolerated.  The last thing we need is a monument to the architect and library board that we're stuck paying for with increased property taxes for the next millinium.