Proposal to Build Two Libraries Could Cost $30 Million
Lissau, Russell, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Russell Lissau Daily Herald Staff Writer
A proposal to build two new libraries in Libertyville and Vernon Hills - and to outfit a temporary facility that would be used during construction - could cost taxpayers close to $30 million, officials learned Wednesday.
Money for the projects in the Cook Memorial Public Library District could come from a 10-cent tax-rate increase, a library financial adviser explained Wednesday night during a special board meeting. Additionally, a six-cent tax-rate increase could cover the increase in operating costs that would result from the projects, the adviser said.
The proposals are far from final, however. Board members already are looking for ways to reduce the cost of the projects, which could go to voters as soon as the April election.
"These are very early numbers," board President John Keister said. "It's a starting point."
Architects with Engberg Anderson Design Partnership spoke first Wednesday, using a colorful slide show to reveal what the new libraries could look like before getting into what they could cost.
The proposed Vernon Hills facility could cost about $9.5 million to build and equip, architect Joe Huberty said. Preliminary plans call for a two-story, 45,000-square-foot building on Aspen Drive south of Route 60.
Officials also want to replace the existing library on Milwaukee Avenue in downtown Libertyville with a brand-new building that would be build on about the same site. …