Library expansion to have historic look

The Neosho/Newton County Library on Friday hosted the monthly First Friday Coffee sponsored by the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce. In addition to guests being able to tour the facility, visit with library staff and enjoy refreshments an architect’s rendering of what a 6,0000-square-foot addition to the facility could like was unveiled.

The Neosho/Newton County Library on Friday hosted the monthly First Friday Coffee sponsored by the Neosho Area Chamber of Commerce.

In addition to guests being able to tour the facility, visit with library staff and enjoy refreshments an architect’s rendering of what a 6,0000-square-foot addition to the facility could like was unveiled. The addition would be to the rear of the present library facility on Spring Street and would have a design blending in with the architecture of the existing structure, according to Library Director Carrie Cline.

She said no firm timeline is in place for the start of construction. Among the steps necessary before work can start is getting plans approved by the local historic commission.

“In 2017 this building will be 100 years old,” Cline said. “We want the addition to look like its been there and blends in.

“Plans are coming along,” she said. While the exterior will have a design befitting Neosho’s downtown historic district, Cline said the interior will be innovative.

“We’re working with the architects on an interior design that will be cost effective and efficient,” Cline said. Neosho’s Branco Enterprises will likely be the contractor on the project while Ball Architects is working on the design phase of the project.

Originally published by the Neosho Daily News.

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