South Library Construction Restarted
Construction has restarted on Laredo's newest library.
After a few years of delays, city officials say they hope south-side residents will be able to enjoy a public library before the end of the year.
"We've has some legal issues due to the previous contractor going bankrupt and having to deal with the insurance company that had to deal with that particular project. Haggling over prices and what projects needed to be completed and what moneys we were going to receive."
District I Councilman Mike Garza said they approved the project about four years ago with a $4.5 million contract.
Last city council meeting, they rejected a bid for the project because it was $2 million above the city's budget.
The previous construction company completed approximately 40% of the project. Now, the city will act as it's own general contractor to complete the project.
The library will feature all the same things the main branch on Calton road has to offer; it will now be more convenient for those who live in south Laredo.
"Obviously literacy is a big issue for our community and being sure that individuals have access to better themselves, not only children but adults."
"It's going to have a computer lab, study room and classroom. It's going to have a children's area, a teen area. We're very excited."
City officials hope the library will open in December.