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November 2, 2013

New parking aids Groves’ busy library

GROVES — Parking just got a whole lot better at Groves Public Library.

A new parking lot was poured recently and striping and parking blocks will soon be added. The parking lot will be ready for use by the first week of November.

Groves City Manager D. Sosa said the city has been contemplating the project for some time and a recent check on contractor prices showed the project to be cost prohibitive. That’s when the public works director stepped up to the plate and suggested using city employees for the project.

So, with the help of city workers, the parking lot was expanded to the tune of just more than $10,000, which is about a third of the cost of what it could have cost the city had they used contractors, Sosa said.

“We have had a tremendous parking problem out there, especially when there is a function going on at the library such as the Cuddlebugs program (for pre-school children) or during book sales,” Sosa said. “This is a really active location.”

Deborah Harper, library director, is pleased with the new parking lot.

“We are excited about being able to offer more parking options to visitors and patrons using our library. This was the second phase of the parking lot improvement project by the City of Groves,” Harper said.

The library, located at 5600 W. Washington St., is on a dead-end street across from Groves Senior Citizens Center and adjacent to Wes Groves Park as well as a set of baseball fields.

“Mr. Sosa witnessed first hand our cramped parking situation and saw the need to do something about that problem. The first phase was enlarging the side parking area, and making an exit onto the Levingston driveway so that visitors could enter and exit easily. Mr. Levingston was gracious enough to let the City tie into his back driveway for the project,” she said. “Now, we can offer everyone parking in the front of the library, which will be accommodating to physically handicapped and older patrons as well.”

Harper is also excited about an additional project which includes new landscaping in front of the library.

“We envision having a full parking lot a lot more often that we did just ten years ago and that is growth — and growth is a good thing,” she added.


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