Hampton, an official in the county's Department of Community
Services, disclosed at a media event officially launching the
public solicitation that the estimated cost of the facility has
escalated to $11.6 million. It was pegged at $10.1 million
through most of the library's long gestation period.
told Delaforum that the additional amount that will be needed is
the result of cost inflation that has occurred in the
construction industry since the original plans for the library
spokesman Tom Hubbard said that the state is expected to kick in
$800,000 of the additional cost and the county $700,000.
amounts will be included in capital-spending budgets to be
submitted to the General Assembly and New Castle County Council
by Governor Ruth Ann Minner and County Executive Tom Gordon,
respectively. They will bring the total state contribution to
$4.8 million and the county's to $3.7 million. The county will later pay to staff and operate the
library after it opens in 2003.
said that Gordon is sticking by a commitment to keep
private-sector participation at $3.1 million.
raise most of the remaining third of that amount, members of the
public are being asked to buy 7,000 commemorative bricks, at $100
apiece, , and pay for 10 columns, at $20,000 each. Slightly more
at a media event to launch public fund raising for the
Northern Regional Library tour the construction site in
Talley-Day Park. Steel is now being erected and the
structure is expected to be under roof by January. Below
is an artists conception of what the 'Colonnade of
Freedoms' will look like. The actual walkway will have
10 columns commemorating the Bill of Rights.
than $2 million already
has been raised from or pledged by foundations and additional
money will be sought from that source, according to Jim
Conrad, chairman of the fund-raising committee of the Friends of
Concord Pike Library.
bricks will be become the floor of an outdoor 'Colonnade of
Freedoms' along the northern wall of the main building between
the entranceway separating it from a community wing and an
amphitheater and children's play area. It will be flanked by the
main building's two-story windows. The path will be 140 feet
long and 13 feet wide; the columns will be 36 inches in diameter
and 20 feet tall. Each will stand for one of the first 10
amendments to the U.S. Constitution, which collective are known
as the Bill of Rights.
the bricks will be promoted by a caricature to be known as
'Brick Boy' developed for the campaign by Shipley Associates, an
advertising and public relations firm.
event, Conrad and Hampton both noted that the library is the
culmination of a decade-long effort to replace the outmoded and
undersize Concord Pike Library in Talleyville with a regional
facility that will be both the local library for Brandywine
Hundred and a service library for the rest of the county system.
exciting to see a plan which had so much hope actually come to fruition,"
Hampton said, referring to a 20-year master plan for library construction
published in 1991 and calling for accomplishing that through
Weaver, manager of both the Concord Pike and the Claymont
libraries, said that the new one will not become outmoded any
time in the foreseeable future. "It will have the flexibility
that we do not now have in our confined area. It is designed to
grow as technology does without having to tear up the floors and
walls," he said.
Jim Nelson said that the large mounds now facing Foulk Road at
the construction site will be sculptured to provide a berm
barrier to shield the library parking lot. They will end up considerably
lower than the present ones, which temporarily are being used to
Manor North retirement and nursing home will be separated from
the library property by landscaping along the existing driveway
which leads to the house, formerly owned by a now deceased
member of the Talley family, which will be preserved.