County targets December for Bonita library reopening

Lee Herald Favicon 16The library located on Pine Avenue in Bonita Springs will remain closed until December due to water damaged sustained during Hurricane Irma, according to the Assistant County Manager for Lee County Dave Harner.

Harner explained the recovery process to the Bonita Springs City Council on Wednesday and estimated that the work would be completed by the second or third week of December.

“We had a lot of water damage, tearing out the drywall, the carpet,” said Harner. “We’re working on going through the FEMA process, so it looks like we will be open right before Christmas.”

The county is looking into increasing visits by its mobile library the “Bookmobile” to the area while the building is still under repair.

The county is also in the final planning stages for the new library that will be constructed in Downtown Bonita Springs on Felts Avenue between Childers Street and Reynolds Street. Kevin Williams of BSSW Architects told the council that the two-story building incorporated an old Florida charm as well as a design that drew patrons to the outdoors with large bay windows and open-air reading areas.

“We can open up what we call an outdoor reading room,” said Williams. “[It] will have a nice, quiet little courtyard around it where people can enjoy their book outside, as well as providing for an outdoor event space.”

An outdoor reading terrace will also overlook the courtyard from the second floor.

In addition to the outdoor event space, the facility will feature a meeting room that can hold up to 150 people, as well as two smaller meeting spaces off the side.

Harner said that his team was working to get a notice to proceed by December and hoped to open the doors of the new library by Summer 2019.

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