November opening seen as OCC library project nears completion

       The Old Colorado City Branch Library is nearing the end of its $800,000 interior construction project.
       No opening date has been set, but Branch Manager Julianne Rist said last week that it is “likely to be in the month of November.”
       Most of the major work by contractor G.E. Johnson is complete and within budget, Rist said. This has included new heating/cooling, plumbing and electrical systems and a rearrangement of space that will include a downstairs meeting room, accessible by a lift (yet to be installed).
       Recent work includes a refinished main floor, and installation is getting started on the built-in desks, she said.
       The 103-year-old library was originally built with a $10,000 donation from wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie.
       The work is Phase 2 of a multi-year building restoration effort that has been funded chiefly with donations and grants.
       The library has been closed since the end of April, with an estimated six-month period required for construction.

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