Lincoln Township library may expand parking lot

By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium

STEVENSVILLE — Business is booming at the Lincoln Township Public Library.

That’s why the library’s Board of Directors will vote this evening whether to expand the parking lot.

Mary Hill, director of the library at 2099 W. John Beers Road, said the library is often filling up the 37 existing parking spaces, which includes two handicap spaces.

The new layout would accommodate 51 vehicles (including the two handicap spaces).

“We would be using the green space at the end of the parking lot closest to the drive that flows into township offices,” Hill said. “The handicap spaces will be moved closer to the front door, which is something we have heard from patrons over the years.”

Some of the spaces would change from the angled parking to more straight-in options.

If the library’s budget is approved at tonight’s meeting, Hill said she will begin looking for contractors.

Hill explained the library has previously beefed up its programming for residents. She said the story time program is drawing about 60 patrons, on average.

“We are seeing the parking spaces get filled more frequently,” Hill said. “We have 112 programs scheduled for this summer. When you have more programs, you see more people in the library.”

Also, the library’s Literacy Center that opened last summer now sees about 600 people every month. Hill said the library has become more of a community center.

Hill said the parking lot shouldn’t be closed to visitors, as the extension would be at the end of the drive, away from the entryway from John Beers Road.

The library normally has its lot resurfaced every three years. During those resurfacings, Hill said construction crews work after hours when the library is closed.

“I don’t foresee this being a problem. We’ve had to deal with work on the parking lot when it gets resurfaced,” Hill said. “I’d like to move forward as soon as we can. We won’t know until the budget is approved and a contractor is chosen.”

Contact Tony Wittkowski at twittkowski@TheHP.com or (269) 932-0358. Follow him on Twitter: @tonywittkowski.

(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on June 21, 2016)

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