St. Petersburg Times Online: News of southern Pinellas County
TampaBay.com
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather
tampabay.com

printer version

Construction in final stages on 2 new library buildings

By KWESI WREKON OBENG
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 28, 2002

ST. PETERSBURG -- Construction work is down to the final touches on the James Weldon Johnson and South Branch libraries.

Last week, crews were working on landscaping, painting and carpeting. Soon will come the books, computers, furniture and other equipment.

The Johnson Library, which is next door to the Enoch Davis Center on 18th Avenue S., will open to patrons some time in September. South Branch Library, which is on Roy Hanna Drive, off 62nd Avenue S, will open in October.

The city hasn't set specific dates yet, said Mary Gaines, interim library director and branch coordinator for St. Petersburg.

Each library will have a reading room, computer lab, teen resource room, work room, choir room, children's activities area, children's story room and community room.

The libraries also have security detectors for tracking all books to avoid theft when they are open to the public.

The construction cost of Johnson Library is $1.7-million, and South Branch is $1.6-million, said general contractor Matt Fetterhoff of GLE Construction.

Johnson Library, at 14,200 square feet, is a little bigger than South Branch, which is 13,500.

Still, the new South Branch will be twice as big as its predecessor, which has been in the Boyd Hill Nature Center. Boyd Hill will use the old library space to expand.

Back to St. Petersburg area news
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
 
Special Links
Mary Jo Melone
Howard Troxler


From the Times
South Pinellas desks
  • After 11 years, a conviction brings closure
  • Connector opens a new gateway across county
  • Motel owner challenges beach condo project
  • The Deuces
  • No, coin-takers on the Bayway aren't just bored
  • It's a jungle out there, and kids are glad
  • Agencies oversee building complaints
  • Fire commissioner draws no opponent
  • City visions match up, to a point
  • Center dodges budget cutback
  • Towns to share donated beach-cleaning machines
  • Youthful 'Law and Order' caps summer for group
  • Water will cost 5.5 percent more in Pinellas Park
  • Center serves and served by teenagers
  • 80-year-old's wish: to fly plane
  • Fire complex needs air-quality repairs
  • Vaccine here for companies fighting 'business death'
  • Construction in final stages on 2 new library buildings
  • Major League event will benefit YMCA
  • 'Windfall' prompts talk of rolling back tax rate

  • Letters
  • Beach agenda leaves out green space

  •