New Dickson County Library has a projected opening date

New Dickson County Library has a projected opening date

The new Dickson County Library is taking shape and officials project the facility will open by the end of the year.

Jeff Martin, with the Dickson County Public Library Board f Trustees, said the interior demolition and re-framing is substantially complete. Martin added that trenching for plumbing and electrical is underway and wiring is on going for both electrical and connectivity.

“Construction completion for this phase of the project is planned for mid-November,” Martin said. “Once construction is complete, shelving and furniture for the new space will be installed and then the library’s resources (books, media, technology, archives, etc.) will be moved into the new space,” Martin added. “We are working on a tentative timeline for opening the new library in December 2019.”

In late 2017, the county commission approved buying the 31,000-square-foot building for $1.55 million for a new library as well as the offices for the local UT-Extension, county government offices in the City of Dickson, and the local veterans service officer.

County Mayor Bob Rial said in late 2017 he estimated the renovation costs to be about $1.85 million for the facility, located at 303 Henslee Drive next to the Dickson County Family YMCA. 

Martin, speaking on behalf of the county Public Library Board of Trustees, the Friends of the Library Organization and library staff, said they are “thankful and appreciative to Mayor Bob Rial and the Dickson County Commissioners for recognizing the continued importance of public library spaces and taking the decisive steps to ensure that Dickson County has a 21st century library space for our citizens’ use.” 

“We look forward to the new and expanded service and program possibilities that this modern, dynamic space will encourage and support,” Martin added. 

The project was headed up by Nashville-based Manuel Zeitlin Architects and the building’s lead architect, Ethan Levine, a Dickson resident. Manuel Zeitlin specializes in the adaptive reuse of existing structures for public use. 

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