TAVARES — Lake County Commissioners are inviting the public to join them in celebrating the groundbreaking of Cagan Crossings Community Library on Friday, Oct. 6, at 9:30 a.m.
Located in the Four Corners community, about 16 miles south of Clermont on U.S. Highway 27, the 30,000-square-foot facility will be the first site-built branch library for Lake County. The new two-story library will replace the existing 6,000-square-foot Citrus Ridge County Library located off of U.S. Highway 192. Construction is expected to begin in October and it is anticipated the project will be completed in about one year.
The Lake County Board of County Commissioners approved a $7.1 million contract for construction of the library at its Sept. 19 meeting. However, through grant funding from the state ($500,000) and federal ($198,000) governments, a donation from the Cagan family ($302,000) and library impact fees ($500,000), the overall cost for the project is expected to dip to nearly $6 million.
Officials from Osceola and Polk counties are considering lending operational support though a joint-use agreement for the facility as 30 percent of the current circulation figures from the Citrus Ridge County Library are comprised of residents from both of these counties.
The new library will feature a large children’s area, a separate teen area, a training lab, 31 public-access computers, free wireless Internet access and a 150-seat community room. The community service room will provide space for local functions and events.
Another unique feature of the library will be the café. Staff of the Lake County Department of Community Services, Library Services Division, is currently drafting a request for proposal to locate a vendor to operate the café.
For more information about the groundbreaking ceremony, call the Lake County Library Services Division at (352) 253-6180.