UPDATE: Construction Begins On New South Parkersburg Library

By: Todd Baucher, Rachele Mongiovi Email
By: Todd Baucher, Rachele Mongiovi Email
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Update 03/02/2015 5:20 P.M.

Finally-construction of a new Wood County Library branch is under way.

Creating new branches means getting rid of old branches.

Workers cleared trees Monday morning, on the site where the new South Parkersburg library will be built.

The larger library will replace one just two doors down, that's been around for more than 40 years.

"This is one of the insta-libraries they built in the 1970's and into the '80's," says Brian Raitz, Wood County Library Director. "The governor was part of this project throughout the state. This, I believe, is one of the first ones. It was opened in (19)72."

Construction of the new library branch was delayed when bids came in higher than expected.

Raitz says the library board made changes in some of the plans before re-bidding the project.

The new building is expected to be completed by fall.


UPDATE 09/08/2014 4:56 PM

A lot of questions about the new library for South Parkersburg.

Construction hasn't started yet, but the library board is committed to building a new library.

Construction bids were received in august, but came in way over budget.

The library board rejected all bids..and are now working to reduce costs of the building.

They are talking with the architects and engineers to discuss the best way to deliver the new library.

"We are not going to reduce the size of the building, we are not going to change the location, we're still committed to that. We want to make this a comfortable and welcome environment for people to use. We will probably be bidding out at the end of this fall, and if everything goes as planned, instead of this summer 2015, it will be the fall of 2015 when we open up," says Director, Brian Raitz.

A new construction bid date will be determined sometime in November.

The new South Parkersburg library is now another step closer to starting construction.

At Tuesday evening's city council meeting members voted unanimously to approve a 50 year lease to the Parkersburg and Wood County Library for the property on Blizzard Drive where the new South Parkersburg library will be built.

And now that the lease for the land is approved the library just needs to complete some finishing touches before construction begins this summer.

"We're actually having a meeting with the architects on Thursday to do the final costs, run through the designs and using that we'll go through the construction bids and bidding that out probably during the month of July," says Brian Raitz, library director.

The project is expected to take about ten months to complete.

The new facility is set to open sometime next summer.

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