Main Renovation Changes – Parking Entrance Moved

YOUNGSTOWN (November 5, 2020/For Immediate Release) – The renovation of the Main Library, 305 Wick Ave., is entering its second phase. Bids are being reviewed by the construction manager at risk, and contracts will be awarded. The cost of design and construction for the project is expected to be $26.1 million.

AMHigley Company of Cleveland and partners Dawn Incorporated of Warren, Construction Manager at Risk, issued 31 separate bid packages for the project and over 90 contractors submitted bids.

Work Inside Main Library Begins

Work inside the building will begin next week on the entire lower level, which will be an area of staff offices, and on the first floor’s East wing, which will contain the children’s area. Patrons using Main Library should be advised that while the work areas are blocked off, noise levels may be increased during construction.

Parking Entrance Changes from Wick to Rayen Avenue

Outdoor work on the parking lot has been underway at the rear of the building, where a new lot is now open. Effective Saturday, November 7, the Main Library’s parking lot entrance/exit will move to Rayen Avenue and the entrance/exit on Wick Avenue will be closed. Additionally, there will be no access to the parking lot from Grove Street.

Parking spaces for the disabled have moved to the eastern side of the building and are clearly marked. The new parking lot has a turnaround for patrons to drop off library materials they are returning. The book drop and media drop boxes will be moved from their current location at the library building’s entrance to a position closer to the parking lot.

Walk-In Entrance Remains the Same

Library patrons will still enter the Main Library building through the same doors at the entrance facing St. John’s Episcopal Church. The historic entrance facing Wick Avenue remains closed at this time.

Curbside Pickup Continues

Patrons who still choose to pick up their materials curbside without coming into the library may continue to do so from the new parking lot.  When they arrive, patrons should call the library number, 330-744-8636, and inform staff that they are in the turnaround; staff will bring library materials out to the patrons’ cars.

Patrons are reminded that library branches are open throughout the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County system and materials can be checked out or returned at any open library. For locations and hours: https://www.libraryvisit.org/locations-hours/

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