Village Cool to Library Plan Libertyville Trustees Not as Concerned with Parking as Library Officials
Byline: Mick Zawislak
One goal of Cook Memorial Public Library District's expansion plan in downtown Libertyville is to add more usable space.
However, village officials, who have final say in the plan, prefer the addition be built out rather than up.
The district has been working for months on the expansion design to increase the cramped 1970s-era facility by a third.
Shared for the first time Tuesday with village trustees, the design didn't draw rave reviews. Some officials did not think a second story addition was the best route.
"I understand what you're trying to do, I just don't like the bulk," Mayor Jeff Harger told library representatives.
"We want to see more of a 'Libertyville type' building rather than increasing a look that hasn't been liked in years."
Trustees informally favored a single-story addition to extend into the existing parking lot.
Trustee Bob Peron said he thought the district could do better and save money by expanding at ground level rather than "putting it up on stilts."
In a presentation regarding the $7 million project, architect Scott Delano explained the design was intended to make the public spaces "sing" while making them immediately visible to visitors entering the building.
The expansion also is meant to blend with the existing structure and concentrates on making more of the interior space useful while capitalizing on natural light. …