The City has started construction on the Southside Branch Library Plaza. The Plaza was designed with the original Library plans; however at the time of construction the City did not have the funds to complete the Plaza. Councilor Carmichael Dominguez spearheaded the Plaza project.
Both the Library and the Plaza were designed by Ike Benton of Integrated Design & Architecture and Harvey Monroe, Jr. of Terraplen. Recently, Lockwood Construction won the bid to construct the Plaza.
Earthmovers were seen daily in late July honing down the dirt in front of the Library to create a level plaza ground.
The mound of dirt had been named “Mount Santa Fe”.
Plans include a crisscross of wide brick sidewalks, approximately 40 trees, shrubs and low level lighting along the paths. Many of the trees for the site were donated by Jeff and Michelle Branch in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Santa Fe Community Foundation.
Patrons are looking forward to a welcoming, groomed plaza with no more dust storms and mud. Project substantial completion is projected for the 2nd week in November.
Photos by TT @SS
By PCH @Main