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Baldwin library gets $600K loan for construction work

| Friday, May 25, 2018, 11:00 p.m.

Baldwin Borough Public Library received a $600,000 loan and has secured $1.3 million from fundraising efforts to transform the Leland Center on Wolfe Drive into its new home.

Ground breaking on the $2.1 million renovation project is scheduled for June 8 and will include Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald, local legislators and Glenn Miller, Pennsylvania's deputy secretary of education, at the 10 a.m. ceremony.

“Right now we have more than $2 million in requests pending before donor prospects, including state grants and other private sources and additional requests will be made during the coming months,” library director Jenny Worley said in an email. “We are launching our public phase of the campaign in a few weeks to coincide with our groundbreaking, where all residents and businesses will be given the opportunity to participate in the campaign, including a “buy a brick” program.”

The renovation, which is expected to take nine months to complete, will give the library 6,100-square-feet of space and feature separate areas for adults, teens and children. The library has been located in the Wallace building — owned by the Baldwin-Whitehall School District — for more than 20 years. The Wallace building, located on Macek Drive, was constructed in 1972.

“Our construction timeline has not changed and we are still anticipating an opening in spring 2019,” Worley said. “The project will only take nine months to complete and we are slated to start construction in June.”

Baldwin Borough will continue to keep its public works department on the first floor of Leland Center.

Suzanne Elliott is a Tribune-Review staff writer. She can be reached at selliott@tribweb.com, 412-627-9423, or via Twitter at @41Suzanne.

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