FAYETTEVILLE, Ark (KNWA) — The Fayetteville Public Library expansion project officially started demolition of the former City Hospital Tuesday.
Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan and other officials participated in the kickoff event Tuesday morning.
In two years the demolition site will be 70,000 sq. ft. of new space. That will double the size of youth services at the library, including an innovation center with a recording studio, virtual reality room, photography studio, simulation lab, and a multipurpose center that will seat 700 people.
David Johnson, Executive director of the Fayetteville public library, says getting the project rolling hasn’t been easy — but today marked a milestone.
“I think the most rewarding thing for me is to see all the smiles, all the people who are reflecting back, how meaningful this library is to them, the sense of community and finally being able to deliver on a promise. This is something we said we were going to do and we’re people of our word and I’m really happy for this moment,” Johnson said.
Outdoor spaces like a courtyard is also planned for this site. Construction on the project is expecting to be completed by mid-2020.
For those looking to hold a piece of history from the City Hospital, the library is offering everyone the chance to actually receive one of these bricks.
The library will offer City Hospital bricks to the public on July 19-21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the northwest corner of the former City Hospital property near West Avenue and Rock Street.
The bricks are available on a first come, first served basis and free to anyone who would like some.