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'High-Priority' West Ridge Library Project To Be Discussed Thursday

By Linze Rice | June 24, 2015 12:30pm
 Community organizers are holding a meeting Thursday night at 7 p.m. to discuss with the community their ideas for what changes need to be made at the Northtown Library in West Ridge.
Community organizers are holding a meeting Thursday night at 7 p.m. to discuss with the community their ideas for what changes need to be made at the Northtown Library in West Ridge.
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WEST RIDGE — Readers utilizing the Northtown branch of the Chicago Public Library in West Ridge could be getting details on some major improvements — including a new building — at a Community Planning Board meeting Thursday.

Pamela Stauffer, chair of the West Rogers Park Community Organization board, wrote on the organization's website that she and other area leaders have been in talks for "high-priority" improvements to the building since February, and have since been splitting up responsibilities to tackle the project.

Now, they're seeking community input during a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at a WRPCO member's residence.

In an email, Stauffer said the project is still in its early planning and information gathering stages, and could take years to complete — similar to renovations that took place with the Albany Park and Edgewater library branches, both of which took two to four years from start to finish.

So far, she says her group expects a $6 million budget, though it's not atypical for costs to rise as the project gains steam. That's why fundraising and community input is essential, she said.

Those interested in attending Thursday night's meeting can contact Ahmed Khan at cityzenkhan@gmail.com.

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