Renovations ready to begin on Ferndale Library

The Ferndale Public Library has moved into its temporary location and is getting ready to begin renovation work on a permanent location.

“Things
are looking pretty good for starting construction sometime in the next
month,” says Douglas Raber, director of the Ferndale Public Library.

The
renovation plans call for adding about 6,000 square feet of space to
the nearly 12,000-square-foot building. That includes space for meeting
rooms fronting 9 Mile Road, a new children’s room facing Troy Street, a
new area for teens and a much-needed facelift to the 1954 structure. A virtual tour of the new building is available here.

In keeping with Ferndale’s focus on sustainability, the library development is also going for silver LEED
certification. Among its environmentally friendly features are the
windows and skylight, which bring in more natural light. The added
sunshine is expected to beautify the interior and reduce electricity
use.

The addition, paid for by a 1-mill millage increase last
year, will give the library space to add to its staff and collection of
material with new books and CDs.

Construction bids will be
approved within the next few weeks. Work is expected to take 10-11
months. An April 2010 opening is planned. In the mean time, the
Ferndale Library is operating out of a temporary location at 642 E 9
Mile Road.

Source: Douglas Raber, director of the Ferndale Public Library
Writer: Jon Zemke

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