The first phase of renovations to the Bellaire City Library started today and will prevent public access to certain parts of the library.
Council approved a design plan for the library renovation project in August and directed staff to solicit competitive sealed proposals from contractors. The city received 14 bids for the project, which ranged from $172,000 to $542,625. Council approved hiring Gilbane Building Company as the contractor for the renovation project on Jan. 3.
The first phase of the renovation project will prevent public access to the children’s side of the library and the upstairs area. Improvements include new paint and a new circulation desk. The first phase is expected to take three weeks to complete.
Work will be done on the front entrance of the library in March and library users will need to enter the library through the side door from the parking lot.
The bathrooms will be demolished in mid March and will be rebuilt with new bathrooms that meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards. During the renovations of the bathrooms, there will not be a restroom available.
The library will be open during the renovations and staff will continue to provide library service. Library hours are not expected to change.