Work resumes on new Eastpoint library

Eastpoint library
Published: Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 04:34 PM.

More than two years after it first received federal funding, work was expected to resume this week on finishing the new Eastpoint Library.

The announcement construction would resume was well-received at the Friends of the Franklin County Public Library’s Nov. 14 annual meeting at the Eastpoint firehouse.

Ellen Ashdown, secretary for the Friends, said PSBI, Inc., of Tallahassee, had been chosen to complete work on the project. The architect remains Ivan Johnson, of Johnson Peterson Architects, Tallahassee.

“The complex process and plethora of paperwork are over,” said Ashdown. “The USDA-funded completion of the library is beginning!”

Ashdown said the US Department of Agriculture Rural Development initially awarded the Eastpoint library project a $200,000 grant and $177,850 low-interest loan in Sept. 2010, to be matched by $342,000 from the Friends group from a previous grant, business, and community support encompassing donations and volunteer labor.

Ashdown said the $342,000 funded the land purchase, permitting, surveying, clearing and site preparation, access driveway, drainage ponds, and purchase and erection of the 5,000-square-foot Vulcan steel building, including exterior doors and windows, plumbing and electrical-ready. 

But when completion of the project was bid in Dec. 201, the winning bid for the build-out work exceeded the USDA award amount, Ashdown said. The build-out encompassed finishing grading, topsoil, sod and landscaping, limestone base and asphalt paving, partitions, drywall, cabinetry and millwork, acoustical ceilings, insulation, carpet, vinyl tile, painting, book drop, heating and air conditioning, plumbing, electrical outlets and lighting. 

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