Project Update -- 9/12/19
There have been a lot of rumors swirling around town about the new library project. As our partner in this project, we want you to have the correct information to share with others as you hear conversations about the new library.
The new Library and Community Center project is still happening. We are ready to move just as soon as loan approval is received from the USDA Rural Development program. Unfortunately, obtaining federal approval is taking longer than we would like.
This summer Village Administrator Brian Wilson and Library Director Bronna Lehmann have been routinely responding to USDA requests. The additional information provided has clarified and strengthened our application. USDA staff are actively working through the approval process and continue to be in communication with us.
We will provide an updated construction timeline once we have USDA loan approval. The delay may mean groundbreaking won’t happen until Spring 2020. We will move forward as soon as possible.
Thank you for your support for our new Library and Community Center. And please feel free to contact Bronna or Brian if you have questions.
Project Update - 6/5/2019
A key component of the project -- USDA loan application approval -- has delayed the beginning of construction. This approval at the national level can take two or three weeks or sometimes it can take longer. Unfortunately for us, it is taking longer. Beginning work with USDA on our application was delayed due to the government shutdown. We know that the application we submitted at the end of March is being reviewed, but do not have a set time for an answer. The state USDA underwriters think we have a solid application and are working to guide it through the national level approval process.
All else is ready to go. As was planned, the project and property have been transferred from the Village to Belleville's Community Development Authority (CDA). The CDA is able to apply for the low interest USDA Rural Development loan to redevelop the blighted site (remember the old feed mill?). Using the CDA allows us to build the library sooner because the Village, due to other obligations, does not have the borrowing capacity for a project this size until 2023. Our low bidder, National Construction, continues to work with us through this delay.
Actual start of construction is dependent on when USDA allocates the money for the project, contractor availability, and whether the delay is long enough to require re-bidding the project. Once we have USDA approval, a new timeline will be developed and shared with the public.
This project has taken a lot of determination and patience. Apparently it will take even more patience as we wait for USDA. Thank you for your support on this long path to our wonderful new Library and Community Center.
Please feel free to contact Library Director Bronna Lehmann 424-1812 or Village Administrator Brian Wilson 424-3341 with questions.
On February 18, 2019, the Belleville Village Board approved a bid by National Construction, Inc. for construction of a new Library and Community Center. The approved base bid plus three alternatives totaled $3,305,803. The basement alternate was not approved. The new building will be at 20 S. Park Street across from Library Park.
The Village plans to build a 13,805 square foot Library and Community Center. The facility will include a community room with kitchen area, training room, large area for preschoolers through teens, quiet reading and local history room, makerspace, study rooms, and public computers. There will be expanded space for materials shelving, comfortable seating, and library classes and programs for all ages.