Update on the Bradford Memorial Library remodel

El Dorado’s Bradford Memorial Library is getting closer to a new and better facility.

Bill Kloeblen, Library Board president, updated the El Dorado City Commission on the remodeling project during their meeting Monday evening.

“The vision of our project is a more modern facility,” Kloeblen said. “One that will allow the library to continue to meet the changing mandate of library services.”

It also will improve the infrastructure of the library.

The plan includes an improved entrance, better parking, improved computer facilities, an updated children’s library, improved space for reading and discussion and more.

The project will cost $1.2 million, with $200,000 coming from existing capital outlay funds, $100,000 from an existing endowment, $458,000 from tax dollars and about $400,000 from fundraising, which they are looking at now.

To help with the fundraising, they brought in a professional firm. The first step is a feasibility study, which they are in the process of conducting. The firm is talking to a sampling of citizens about the project and how they feel about it. That will be finished on Dec. 11 and that information will be reported back to the board in early July.

The next step will be to mobilize the fundraising campaign. They have revised this timetable, with fundraising beginning in springs 2014 and construction in the fall of that year.

In addition to these steps, PKHLS Architects is completing detailed engineering and construction plans for the two-phase project.

Julie Clements can be reached at jclements@butlercountytimesgazette.com.