The Joe Barnhart Foundation recently purchased property located on the corner of Washington and Corpus Christi streets, across from the library, where the new facility will be built.
Maggie Price, a trustee of the Joe Barnhart Foundation, said they closed on the property last month.
“The library needs to expand, and we have known that for quite some time,” Price said. “We thought we would build a facility in the back, but then we bought the land on the corner of Washington and Corpus Christi streets.”
Price explained that the new addition will provide extra parking, as well as more room for classes and activities.
Library Director Cynthia Blatherwick said the building will be open for the community to utilize the meeting rooms, projectors and WiFi.
“It will be used for more library programs, some of our larger story times and computer classes,” she said. “We’re planning to expand our computer classes—we want to offer more classes at different times, also during the day.”
“It’s really going to be a community building and learning center,” she added.
Price said there is no timeline in place, but she hopes that construction will begin sometime within the next few months.
“I am currently working on design plans with Marshall Reid, an architect in Houston,” she said.
Price added that the new facility will be built in contemporary style and will be up-kept with some landscaping. “It will add more appeal to the area,” she said.
“We are happy to be involved,” Price said. “Our founder, Joe Barnhart, was very intent on having a good library for this town. Our library offers as much as any library in Houston, and that’s saying a lot for a small town library.”
Lindsey Shaffer is the regional editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 119, or at regional@mySouTex.com.