Hancock Co. board approves design for new library

Hancock Co. board to vote on new library plans, funding

HANCOCK, KY (WFIE) - The final design plans for a new library have been approved by the board.

The Lewisport library branch leases about 1,800 square feet at city hall, but at times space can get limited. They may not have to worry about it in the future.

The new building is expected to be at least four times bigger than the current one. The board is made the decision to approve plans for the new library and funding on Wednesday.

Plans include a single story, 8,500 square foot building, which is expected to be built across the street from their current space. Community room, living room, local history area, children and teen rooms, along with public computers are part of the plan.

A new feature added is a drive-thru drop box.

The new library will be built on the grounds of the former Lewisport Elementary School. Parts of that old building managed to be saved.

“We were able to save some of the original principal’s office floor and gym floor and we will be re-purposing that in a different way than a floor," explains Tina Snyder, Hancock County Library Board. "We were also able to save a large arched window that was above the entrance of the school.”

If all goes well, we could expect to see a ground breaking this summer, likely in June. Construction is expected to take a year.

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