Second floor would include a meeting room and cooking-class demonstration area
STONE HARBOR — Plans for an approximately $3 million new library in the borough are moving forward.
The new library will be on the first floor of the building that will be built on Second Avenue and the second floor would include a meeting room and cooking-class demonstration area. There would be plenty of seating at the library.
The county and architect Kevin Settembrino of Monmouth County have been working on the plans.
Cape May County Library director Deborah Poillon said it feels great to see the project coming to fruition. The project has been in the works for about seven years, and she said that everyone will be happy with the library when it’s completed, she said.
In 2007, the library was originally to be located at the beachfront, between 94th and 95th streets. But some residents criticized the idea, pointing out there would be problems for parking and beach access.
Officials also hit a permitting snag, so they went after community input on the project and chose a borough-owned lot on Second Avenue.
Then, Borough Council members changed their minds, again. The former Bank of America building became available in 2012. The Cape May County Library Commission closed on the bank property on Second Street in December.
The library is in Borough Hall and is 800 square feet, according to Poillon. The new library will be much larger, she said.
The current facility has about 12,000 items, including books, and in the new building, and in an earlier interview, she said she expects to at least double that amount.
The new library would be staffed by about five or six people, including some new employees. The library would be open all day Saturdays and at least two nights during the week.
Stone Harbor borough administrator Jill Gougher was unavailable for comment Tuesday.
Plans also call for construction at the main library in Cape May Court House in the late spring.
The approximately $1.2 million project will consist of new front steps, pillars, roof and some interior renovations.
The teen section will be moved to the second floor, as will the magazine and newspaper area. A glassed-in reading room will be added to the second floor, as well.
The Technology Learning Center will be expanded, too. The staff at the Technology Learning Center lead workshops on electronic devices and more, and the project will provide more space.
The work should take no more than nine months, she said. Part of the second floor will most likely be closed off, too, during the project, she said.
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