Work on North Summit library begun
March 29, 2011
Work has begun to turn a historic building in Coalville into a new library in time for school to start this fall.
The plan to convert the old Summit County Hospital at 80 North 50 East, built by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s, to a new library for North Summit is underway.
The plan was controversial from the beginning as many Coalville residents, including Mayor Duane Schmidt, asked the county council for a new building.
The former hospital is 7,000 square feet. One-third of that is occupied by a Summit County Health Department clinic. Residents say the remaining space is too small to meet their needs.
Either way, a new library is needed. The North Summit Branch has occupied 900 square feet inside the Coalville City offices since 1985, Schmidt said.
"We’re working on top of each other in there; we need the space," he added.
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The old hospital building is sentimental to others. Summit County Councilman David Ure was born there.
Deciding it would be less expensive to renovate rather than build new, the council approved the plan in 2010.
Early this year the project which includes interior renovations to the County Courthouse at 60 North Main Street was awarded to Interior Construction Specialists, an arm of Layton Construction, said County Engineer Derrick Radke.
The winning bid was $1,080,818 for the library, and $269,000 for the courthouse interior, he said.
The clinic will remain open and continue to serve North Summit patrons through the renovation, which is expected to be complete by September. Since the parking lot will be used by the construction crew, visitors to the clinic will need to park on the street. Other than that, no impact on the surrounding neighborhood is expected, Radke said.
The renovation will include removal of asbestos from the old building, which will begin next week, and the addition of several energy-efficient features, he added.
The interior work in the courthouse is only part of what Radke initially requested of the council. Some exterior improvement of masonry on the additions is needed, he said, but it was indefinitely postponed to keep the project under budget.
The work that will be done simultaneously with the improvements to the old hospital will focus on the old courtroom.
The county’s information technology department needs a bigger office. The old courtroom hasn’t been used since the 3rd District Court building was built in Silver Summit. That courtroom will be renovated into a new office for the county clerk, the engineering department will take over the old clerk’s office, and the IT department will move into the old engineering office, he said.
Summit County Clerk Kent Jones said the move will allow his office to be located on the main floor and more accessible to the public.
"The space is about the same," he said. "It’s a better use of space. Right now the old courtroom is not used for anything."
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