The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

January 27, 2013

Ashtabula County District Library needs major repairs

Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — The total cost of repair work to the Ashtabula County District Library’s main building on West 44th Street was already estimated at more than $600,000, according to experts from Ziska Architecture.

What they found may drive repair costs up even higher — possibly to the point where it would be cost-prohibitive to restore the 110-year-old building.

“We know the building needs a lot of work,” said ACDL Director Bill Tokarczyk. “We are in the p rocess of finding out just how much.”

Ziska Architecture began studying the Ashtabula Library last summer, specifically for steps necessary to maintain it. They found $650,000 worth of work needed.

At its October meeting, the library’s board of trustees committed to a mult-phased plan to make the needed repairs, and to some day expanding into the Ashtabula Area City Schools District’s property.

Ziska Architecture is preparing a report detailing the various options, Tokarczyk said.