More than three years after the Tecumseh library branch was renovated and expanded, the exterior is going to get a facelift.
The Allen County Public Library board of trustees agreed Thursday to repave one of the parking lots and accept a piece of metal artwork that will guard the side of the building that faces East State Boulevard.
Alan Zemen wants to donate a 6-foot tall, 10-foot long model of a Tyrannosaurus rex. The skeleton will be white, made of metal and covered in a rubber material, said Alan Grinsfelder, a neighborhood resident who is part of the East State Village Improvement Corp.
The group, which helped install the East State Village lighted archway on State Boulevard, wants to add public artwork to the neighborhood, and the dinosaur would be the first installation, Grinsfelder told the board.
With the boards approval, Zemens metal manufacturing business will begin constructing the T-rex during the next few months.
Zemen lives in the neighborhood and frequents the Tecumseh branch, Grinsfelder said.
The dinosaur will be similar to the triceratops at Science Central, he said.
The board also awarded a $101,276 bid to C3 Construction to repave the west-side parking lot at the branch with bricks instead of asphalt.
The East State Village Improvement Corp. has raised more than $95,000 to pay for the project. The librarys foundation agreed to contribute as much as $6,000 if needed, library Director Jeff Krull said.
Grinsfelder, a local architect who designed the project, hopes the parking area can be used for community events or summer theater shows when the library is closed.
Work is expected to begin in about a month and will take about two months, Grinsfelder said.
Lincoln collection agreement struck
In other business, the board approved a legal agreement with the state of Indiana to house and maintain the manuscripts contained in the Lincoln collection.
The Department of Natural Resources technically received the collection and agreed that the library would hold the documents and letters and the Indiana State Museum would house the physical artifacts.
Last week, library staff moved its portion of the collection from the now-closed Lincoln Museum on Berry Street to the downtown library a few blocks away.