New St. Thomas Regional Library in Tutu
The celebration for the long awaited public library and archives complex on St. Thomas took place two years ago, but the construction contract is finalized and work has begun on the 4-acre plot near Tutu Park Mall.
St. Thomas-based Balbo Construction was selected as the successful bidder for the approximately $13 million library project. The project is expected to be complete in early 2010.
Plans for a new public library on St. Thomas have been in the works for more than two decades. A ceremonial groundbreaking was held in September 2006, but no work begun until recently.
The St. Thomas Regional Library and Records Center will be located near Plaza Extra at Tutu Park Mall. Plans drafted by the Jaredian Design Group - call for a 24,000-square-foot library and 27,000-square-foot archive section.
Other planned features include:
A 5,000-square-foot general reading room.
- A wing with a 3,500-square-foot children's room, featuring a storyteller's platform and murals.
- A wing with a 3,500-square-foot Caribbean room.
- A 2,500-square-foot young adult area around a railed mezzanine.
- A 1,250-square-foot public auditorium with seating for about 100 people.
- Headquarters for the computer system that serves all territorial libraries.
- Display cases in the lobby and two wings for ancient Indian artifacts, including pottery, tools and jewelry that were found in the area when Tutu Park Mall was constructed.