PBC Awards Contract For New Toman Library

Jack Beary, 312-744-9277

A $4.1 million expansion of a Little Village library branch is set to go forward under a construction contract approved today by the board of the Public Building Commission (PBC).

Under a contract approved by the PBC Board with Gonzales Construction Company, the Toman Branch Library, 2708 South Pulaski Road, in Little Village, will more than double in size from 6,400 square feet to 14,000 square feet, officials said.

The expanded library will replace a branch opened in 1927, officials said. It will make room for larger book collections, comfortable reading rooms and more computer terminals, officials said.

The City of Chicago has built 41 new or fully renovated neighborhood libraries since 1989. Recently, other new library buildings have opened in the Budlong Woods, Edgebrook and Canaryville communities, according to PBC Executive Director Kevin Gujral. Also, under development are new libraries in West Englewood and West Pullman.

Other actions taken Tuesday by the PBC Board, including the appointment of architects and owner’s representatives, are listed on the PBC’s web site at www.pbcchicago.com.

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