The Platteville Public Library announces a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 2:30p.m. for the library block redevelopment project, located on Main (north), Pine (south), Elm (west) and Chestnut (east) Streets.
The public is invited to attend the ceremony, which will officially kick off the library building construction. The new library is expected to be open to the public by late 2016.
This redevelopment represents a unique public/private partnership and will bring a new 22,000 sq. ft. commercial space which will house the Platteville Public Library and a 72 room Holiday Inn Express. Miners Development, LLC, led by Troy Hoekstra of St. Cloud, Minnesota, is the project developer. Other participants in the project include the City of Platteville, Southwestern Wisconsin Community Action Program, WHEDA, Forward Community Investments, the Platteville Public Library Board, and the Platteville Library Foundation.
“This is an excellent project for the City of Platteville, this moves us forward in a way that we have not seen before and that I hope we will see more of….This is good for the community—not just for tomorrow, but for years to come.” said Platteville Common Council President Eileen Nickels.
The new Platteville Public Library will feature innovative children’s spaces, comfortable reading areas, high-tech community meeting spaces, and accessibility for all. The flexible design of the new library will allow the library to adapt to the educational, informational, and social needs of the community for years to come.
The Library and the Platteville Library Foundation are responsible for the furniture, fixtures and equipment to bring the new space to life as a library, which will be accomplished through grant writing and community support. You can be a part of the Platteville Public Library Block Redevelopment project and ensure the library has the resources it needs to serve our growing region by making a tax-deductible donation to the Platteville Library Foundation. For more information on naming opportunities and other ways to help, visit the library at 65 S. Elm St. or email firstname.lastname@example.org.