New library in Monticello could be finished by end of 2015

New library in Monticello could be finished by end of 2015

MONTICELLO — A new, 12,350-square-foot Allerton Public Library building could be constructed by the end of next year, according to an architect who presented the first preliminary site plan to the library board.

"We think that if we can break ground in probably March or April of 2015, the project will be complete by the end of 2015," said Mark Misselhorn of Peoria's Apace Design.

Since the new library site on Green Apple Lane already has utilities and a concrete parking lot, he said it will cut two to four months off the construction time. The library board purchased the 10.98-acre piece of land from the Carle Foundation, which formerly had a doctor's office housed in temporary buildings there.

The library board has been investigating the possibility of a new library since 2009, when it received a $2.9 million bequest from the estate of Max Hency. Over the past year, some local residents had asked the library to remain in its current downtown-area Community Building.

The board concluded it would be more efficient to build new rather than to renovate the current 1897 structure, which they rent from the Monticello Township Board of Managers.

The plan put forth by Misselhorn this week did not include a floor plan, but called for a one-story building that includes an activity room that will accommodate up to 60 adults or 120 children, storage space and a drive-through book dropoff that will allow materials to be deposited directly into a room within the building.

The board purchased the land on the west side of Monticello for $250,000 in 2012. Misselhorn said the fact utilities are already present will save an estimated $300,000 in site preparation, but added the $2.9 million budget for the overall project cost may be tight.

"Our goal is to not downsize the project any further," he said.

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