Expansion plan for North County Library in Sebastian includes reading room, storage, landscaping

SEBASTIAN – An expansion plan for the North County Library was unanimously given the go-ahead by the city’s planning and zoning commission Thursday.

According to Tracey Wehking, director of library services, the 2,823-foot extension will house a special multipurpose reading room in the southwest corner of the building.

As part of the expansion, additional storage space and 10 additional compact parking spaces will be added. New landscaping and work on retention basins are also part of the renovation.

The project was designed by Vero Beach Architects Tony Donadio & Associates, with MBV Engineering doing the site plan work. The cost of approximately $ 600,000 is covered by library impact fees.

“The North County Library is a very busy branch in a growing city,” said Wehking. “We have been waiting longingly to break the ground. Our children’s program and our story lessons take up a lot of space, so that expansion is really necessary. “.”

North Indian River County Library, 1001 Sebastian Blvd., SebastianScheme for the expansion of the North County Library in Sebastian.  The plan includes a reading room, storage space and landscaping.  Completion is planned for late 2022 or early 2023.

The project has been in progress for some time and was approved by the district commission in 2020.

But with COVID-19 derailment plans for construction, the project just found its way to the planning and zoning commission this week. Once the permits have been received, the project is expected to take 18 months to complete.

Some of the library’s existing rooms have already been redesigned to accommodate two new small conference rooms and a STEAM laboratory for technology projects.

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STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art and math. The laboratory includes hands-on activities that emphasize the application of scientific concepts from everyday life.

In addition to story lessons, the North County Library has an extensive summer program for children that includes weekly visits from musicians, dancers, magicians, and other entertainers. The new space would be used for these activities, while the current multipurpose room can be used for adult programs and workshops.

The North County Library opened in 1990 and expanded to 25,445 square feet in 2001. It offers a wide range of books and reading material, as well as audio books and DVDs and a computer room with Internet access.

Planning and Zoning Commissioner Louise Kautenburg said the North County Library was one of Sebastian’s stars.

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“It has always been nicely cared for and every addition has been tastefully added,” said Kautenburg. “I am very happy that the district is creating more space because I know that the need is growing.”

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