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Gainesville library renovations coming along; Maple Street to close temporarily
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Renovations continue Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, on the Hall County Library. On Thursday, Jan. 9, a section of Maple Street will be closed temporarily for the library’s ongoing construction. - photo by Scott Rogers

As each month passes, construction workers breathe a little life into the Gainesville branch of the Hall County Library System.

The long-awaited $4 million upgrade will soon revive the library with a new entryway, storytime room, larger children's area, study rooms, staff offices and other enhancements.

“We’re very excited with how the project is going and pleased with how everything looks so far,” Lisa MacKinney, Hall County Library director, said. 

Rodney Lee, the library project’s manager, said people can still expect it to reopen around June or July 2020.

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The Hall County Library parking lot has pillars added Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, as an upper level will be added covering the lot as renovations continue in downtown Gainesville. - photo by Scott Rogers

“It has been a little aggravating with the weather, but we’re in pretty good shape to be on schedule,” Lee said. 

Beginning on Thursday, Jan. 9, a section of Maple Street touching the library’s property will temporarily close. Lee said his team will need the street to complete the second floor’s 40-foot extension over that library’s parking lot. 

This addition will transform the space into a covered parking lot and add rooms for offices on the second floor. 

Lee said the road closure is necessary to accommodate the cranes and tractor trailers used for building the extended level. The section will reopen after 5 p.m. on Thursday, then close back up Friday, Jan. 10, morning. He expects to be finished by the end of Friday.

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