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Average tax payer owning home worth $162,000 would pay approx $124.36/YR for 20 years if approved May 6th.

The Torry Community Association will be holding their spring meeting on, April 22,at our Shepherd School (corner of Lincoln & Torry), 7pm to 9pm, in the Multi-Purpose room (Library). The meeting will give us a chance to go over questions & concerns on the May 6TH special bond election for the Baldwin Library.

One of the guest speakers will be Melissa Mark (from the group Birmingham Strong) and she will go over highlights of the Baldwin Library proposal & answer questions. Once she is finished there will be an open forum for us to discuss both, for & against, viewpoints.

Birmingham's City Commission approved going forward with Special Bond Election, May 6, for a 21.5 million dollar addition & renovation to the Baldwin Library.

The proposed Baldwin Public Library renovation and expansion project has been three years in the making. The JLBC (Joint Library Building Committee) & Architect Quinn Evans worked together to develop the proposal. The committee gathered input from the public, compared Baldwin to its peer libraries, investigated the pros and cons of the current building and researched “the library of the future”.

All of this work resulted in a conceptual plan that features:

· Complete restoration of the 1927 building

· Demolition of the 1960 and 1981 additions

· Construction of a new two-story building – in brick and stone with a sloped roof – along Merrill Street

· A sidewalk-level entrance on Merrill Street

· Improved ADA and stroller accessibility throughout the building

· 72% expansion of Youth Services space

· Upgraded areas for teens, adults and senior citizens

· More small study rooms and collaboration spaces

· Enhanced layout and flexibility for future technological needs

· Improved heating, cooling, lighting & acoustics with greater energy efficiency

The Existing Library is 40,174 Square Feet

The proposal will demolish the two additions to the original building (original building is 12,674 SF)

The proposed new addition is 43,926 SF and the original building would be restored

Total New size would be 56,600 SF

Cost breakdown as follows:

Site Work: .8 Million

1927 Renovations 2.4

New Addition 13.9

Furnishings 1.1

subtotal 18.2 Million

Owner Constr. 1.5 Million

Bond Fees .3

Phasing 1.3

Owner Rep .2

Grand Total 21.5 Million

The 20 year bond would have 5.5% interest rate and be a .77 Mil increase.

Average tax payer owning home worth $162,000 would pay approx $124.36/YR for 20 years if approved May 6th.

Much more information is available on the Library’s website at: http://baldwinlib.org/library-building. There are also a number of library tours scheduled to point out features of the current building and show how the proposed new building would be laid out.

Please make it a point to vote for your position on this matter May 6th