Cadence Slayer plays in the children’s section of the Kingsport Public Library. Photo by David Grace.
KINGSPORT — For the past seven years a major renovation and expansion project has been in the works for the Kingsport Public Library, but in recent years the plan has been put on hold for other projects with higher priorities.
Now, city officials want the Kingsport Library Commission to re-examine the latest plan and come back later this spring with a recommendation on moving forward.
The library project dates back to 2007 and in that time two library consultants have recommended that Kingsport needs 60,000 to 70,000 square feet of library space to meet the needs of the community for the next 20 years.
In April 2011, city and library officials brought a plan to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen calling for an additional 16,000 square feet of space and renovating the existing 37,000-square-foot facility. That proposal called for a new wing built adjacent to the existing building, on the back portion of Glen Bruce Park and the Shelby Street parking lot.
The plan calls for a new entrance where the two sections join, accessible from both the front and rear of the building. The existing front entrance, children’s department entrance and the mezzanine level would be removed.For an expanded version of this article, please see Monday’s print edition or our expanded electronic edition.