SOUTHINGTON – Southington Public Library announced, at a virtual Southington Town Council meeting, that they plan to pursue the construction of a new building and the demolition of the existing one.
The library presented a plan for the construction of a new library building on the south end of their property, more near Main Street than where it is currently located. The library has agreed to a plan that would cost $13.9 million.
“The rest of the area would be used for parking and there was also a space allotted for a small park,” said Town Council Chair Victoria Triano. “The council decided to table approval of this plan for two weeks until our next meeting. We wanted to speak to the Board of Finance first to have them look over the finances in light of this difficult time.”
Kristi Sadowski, library director and Jeff Hoover, library design director with Tappe Architects, spoke Jan. 23 at Southington Library with residents about their plans. At that time, they outlined what a new building would have as well as an alternative plan for an addition onto the existing building. Now, they have selected the option they will pursue.
The new library will see acoustic separation between quiet reading areas and areas with programs, a silent reading room, a senior spot, an expanded collection, a large meeting room for 150 people, a conference room, an internet café area, eight group study and tutoring spaces, an enhanced local history room and a more prominent Friends Bookstore.
The new building will also be compliant with building codes and access regulations and have a higher efficiency heating and cooling system as well as larger windows surrounding the structure to let in more light.
The new building plan would also see a new building constructed to the right of the current building, in the parking lot area. The old building would then be demolished and new parking spaces would be created. There will be some impact to parking while the building is under construction.
The square footage of the current library is 25,000. The new library building plan would see a 36,800-square-foot building constructed with 114 parking spaces. 100 spaces are required for a building of this size.
The town council also voted to bond $2.5 million to design and construct a back-up well for the Southington Water Department’s well number 9.
Additionally, there was a presentation from the Bradley Memorial Campus of the Hospital of Central Connecticut. Triano said it was explained that patients are no longer going directly in to the hospital. They first enter a triage area where it is determined if they need to go to the emergency room or another facility.
“They are well prepared to receive patients,” said Triano.
Triano encouraged residents to first call Hartford HealthCare or Bristol Health’s COVID-19 hotlines if they do not feel well so that they can get the care that they need.
Bristol Health’s hotline is 860-261-6855. Hartford HealthCare’s hotline is 833-621-0600.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.