The Tyler Public Library is slated to undergo multiple renovations.
This morning, the city council gave the go-ahead for City Manager Mark McDaniel to enter into a contract for $43,023 with Fitzpatrick Architects, Inc. to prepare plans and specifications for the renovations.
According to the city, in 2009, the library became the beneficiary of the estate of longtime patron Joyce Kathryn Findley, and the first part of the bequest - $318,018.13 – was accepted by the city council that year. The second part - $318,018.22 - was accepted in 2010.
According to today's city council agenda, the disposition was “deferred to a later time,” and recently requests for proposals for library renovations “were sought from local architectural firms and preliminary designs were requested from Fitzpatrick Architects, Inc.” Among the proposed renovations are the children’s reading area and stacks, Taylor Auditorium, bathrooms on the first and third floors, “as well as installing exterior signage and enclosing the covered patio on the east side of the building.”