Library to start work on new Crest Hill branch
By Tony Graf email@example.com June 5, 2012 9:36PM
Updated: July 7, 2012 8:47AM
CREST HILL — The White Oak Library District will break ground next week on its new Crest Hill branch.
The event will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the new site, 20670 Kubinski Drive. The site is just to the north of the Crest Hill Menards store, at Caton Farm and Weber roads. The event is open to the public, local dignitaries will speak, and there will be plenty of photo opportunities.
The new branch will replace the current Theodore Street building, which was built in 1969.
The district has had a successful bidding process, and the library board has selected The Lombard Co. as the general contractor. This is the same contractor that worked on the soon-to-be-completed Romeoville branch project.
The district now is awaiting a permit from the city of Crest Hill.
All three branches of the White Oak Library District will see, or are seeing, major changes. A renovation project is planned for the downtown Lockport branch, and the Romeoville branch will reopen June 18 after a major renovation there.
In downtown Lockport, library operations have moved temporarily to the Gaylord Building, 200 W. Eighth St.
The now-closed downtown branch, 121 E. Eighth St., will undergo a long-term renovation and expansion project. In addition to the renovation of the entire building, the project will replace the one-story western wing with a two-story addition.
Regarding that work, the district has had a successful bidding process, and the library board has selected Frederick Quinn Corp. as a general contractor.
“We hope to have the Lockport project under way within a month of the Crest Hill project’s start,” said Scott Pointon, library district director.
In April 2011, the district began a large renovation project at its Romeoville branch, 201 W. Normantown Road.
That branch closed June 1 for final work, and will reopen on June 18. Later that week, the Romeoville Chamber of Commerce will have a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. June 21 at the library.