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SPRING CONSTRUCTION SET FOR NEW AKRON LIBRARY

Construction work will begin next spring on a new town library in Akron, and officials say they hope it can be completed and in use "as early as September 2000."

Newstead Councilman Thomas George, who presented a summary of the project to the Akron Planning Board this week, said demolition of the old library is scheduled for early winter.

He added that an agreement is pending with the owners of buildings on the proposed site for the new facility, which will replace the town's 5,000-square-foot library on John Street. The new site, at 27-33 Main St., is adjacent to Akron Village Hall.

Officials have indicated they are looking at a parking and traffic study of the area.

Work is under way on the schematic plan for the project, with advice from the library staff, George told planners. Meetings also are being held with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library.

George noted that the library will emphasize two themes -- children and technology. He also said the architect and construction manager have been selected.

Akron Trustees Charles P. Yaeger and Barbara H. Burke, he added, will coordinate the project with the Village Board.

The new library, planned for years, will serve a growing population in Akron and the surrounding Town of Newstead.

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