Sulzer Library Slated for $5 Million Makeover

By Patty Wetli on May 7, 2013 9:11am | Updated on May 7, 2013 3:52pm

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 Sulzer Regional Library is receiving $5 million in TIF funds for repairs and upgrades.
Sulzer Regional Library Makeover
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LINCOLN SQUARE — Built in 1985, the Sulzer Regional Library is beginning to show its age.

A just-announced allocation of $5 million in Tax Increment Financing funds for the library is intended to shore up the structure and improve service for years to come.

"Repairs have been deferred for some time," said Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), pointing to water leaks and flooding as the primary concerns.

He tapped into the Western Avenue North TIF district to finance much-needed exterior maintenance work, along with additional facilities upgrades that will include new bathrooms, a revamped circulation area and landscaping.

"This is how TIF should be used," said the alderman.

The Chicago Public Library did not respond to a request for more information regarding a construction timeline or any potential disruption in service to patrons, though Pawar noted, "They want to start as soon as possible."

Sulzer Library, at 4455 N. Lincoln Ave., is itself a replacement for the former Hild Regional Library, which now houses the Old Town School of Folk Music. Sulzer was designed by Hammond Beeby and Babka, the same architecture firm responsible for the Harold Washington Library.

In a note to constituents, Pawar said he intends to schedule a community meeting to present the plans for Sulzer and obtain community feedback.

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