POSTED: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 11:26am
UPDATED: Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 6:53pm
Tyler, Texas (KETK) — Wednesday, in their regularly scheduled meeting, the Tyler City Council approved a contract with Fitzpatrick Architects, Inc. in the amount of $43,023 to prepare plans and specifications for renovations at the Tyler Public Library.
In 2009, the Tyler Public Library became a beneficiary of the estate of long-time patron Joyce Kathryn Findley. The City Council accepted the first part of the bequest, $318,018.13 on Dec. 9, 2009, and the second part, $318,018.22, on March 10, 2010. The total bequest was $636,036.35. The disposition of the bequest was deferred to a later time.
“We are so thankful for the funds that were privately donated, which are making these much needed renovations possible,” said City Librarian Mary Vernau. “I can’t wait to see how much these enhancements will benefit our Library patrons.”
Recently, requests for proposals for renovations at the Library were sought from local architectural firms and preliminary designs were requested from Fitzpatrick Architects, Inc.
The proposed renovations include children’s reading area and stacks, updates to Taylor Auditorium, renovation of the first and third floor bathrooms, as well as installing exterior signage and enclosing the covered patio on the east side of the building.
“The facility is 34 years old,” added Vernau. “Some updating to the Library is needed. We are certainly thankful to Ms. Findley for her bequest that is allowing for these updates.”