Edgewater Library to start construction March 5

Construction on the new Edgewater Library at Broadway and Elmdale will start the week of March 5, according to Alderman Harry Osterman and his 48th Ward Office.

Illustration of the new Edgewater Library. It will be one of the largest branch libraries on the North Side. While it is primarily for Edgewater residents, it will also serve residents of neighboring Andersonville, Uptown and Rogers Park.

Phase 1 of construction will include site mobilization and caisson installation. The contractor hired, Burling Builders, will be locating to an office at 1138 W. Thorndale. In the next few weeks, the 48th Ward Office will have information on local hiring opportunities for the construction project.

"The new Edgewater Library will be a fantastic asset in our community, and I am excited to see this project get underway," Alderman Osterman said.

Asked earlier this year about the teardown of the predecessor libary, Alderman Patrick J. O’Connor, of the neighboring 40th Ward, issued a statement. He said, “This new library will be one of the largest branch libraries in the city, containing more than 60 new computers for public use, free wireless-internet connection, a green roof, and over $500,000 in new books and other reading material.”

The 40th Ward Office said that the new construction is necessary for long-term cost-effectiveness for the city in reduced payments for energy and maintenance.

This construction project was approved and budgeted by the 2009 City Council, passing an ordinance to acquire extra property for the project. The new library will be completed by 2013.

A bookmobile is stationed at the Broadway Armory for the neighborhood to use. Hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday are 10 am to 1 pm, 2pm to 6 pm. On Friday and Saturday, the hours are 9 am to 12 pm, 1 pm to 5 pm. Closed on Mondays. Photo by Gerald Farinas.

During construction, residents are encouraged to use a bookmobile, parked at Broadway and Thorndale. Neighborhood patrons are also invited to use nearby libraries in Andersonville, Uptown and Rogers Park.

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