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Library makes partial HVAC fix in advance of major renovations

Submitted by on September 13, 2019 – 12:40 amNo Comment

The public library in downtown Alpena has begun the installation of a new air conditioning unit to alleviate a portion of the humidity problems inside the building.

Library officials recently learned the approximate $200,000 project could be completed prior to a complete building renovation that begins in 2020, and fully integrated into those renovations while providing some immediate relief to visitors and some protection to library assets.

“This is about the only thing that we can do until a full solution can be completed through a complete building renovation,” said Eric Magness-Eubank, library director. “We know this is roughly half of what is needed to fix the existing problems but, we are trying to prevent a disaster, not provide a complete solution to the problem.”

A large part of the building renovation project includes a new HVAC system. The current one doesn’t cool the building and has led to some issues with sensitive materials and equipment. Eubank told True North Radio Network that the entire HVAC system cannot be installed at this time because it would require the removal of asbestos, new duct work and more. Those things will be completed in the new year, following some additional planning.

Eubank said the complete building renovation project will get underway in 2020 and will be completed in 2021. The project is being funded by a voter-approved millage.