Kevin Smith, Public Building Commission, (312) 744-9277
An ordinance authorizing the transfer of property that will be home to a new Dunning branch library was approved today by the Chicago City Council.
The Public Building Commission of Chicago will direct the property to the City. Work on the new library, to be located at 7455 W. Cornelia Avenue on the City’s Northwest Side, is expected to begin in November.
“Libraries are one of the most important anchors in revitalizing a community because they symbolize education, reading and are a safe haven for positive, constructive activities,” said Mayor Daley. “We build libraries not only as a keeper of our history, but because offering Chicagoans free access to information of all types – improves the quality of life for our residents.”
The property will be transferred from the PBC on behalf of the Chicago Public Schools, owner of the property, to the City of Chicago for the new branch library.
The new library will follow a prototype design, offering a one-story, 8,800 square-foot facility to replace the existing library. The building’s design is configured to achieve “Silver” level certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards.