The former Kingwood Library has been razed. Demolition took place last week. Houston City Council has decided that Kingwood’s community center will indeed be built in place of the “old” library. Demolition began June 15 and should be completed within 20 days. Upon completion, a new community center will be built and used as a spot to host meetings. “I am excited to deliver this community center to the community,” said Mike Sullivan, Houston City Council member. “There is an obvious need for it; there are no public facilities that have event space or areas for public various functions.” The new community center will include a 13,500 square-foot facility with a large gymnasium-sized room that can seat up to 300 people, and also has the ability to be subdivided by using movable partitions. Also included will be two smaller activity rooms, a commercial kitchen and a small administrative office. Sullivan opted to demolish and rebuild rather than remodel. The library was more than 25 years old and had outlived its usefulness. In order to remodel, a total renovation would have had to be done; including new compliance work, extensive plumbing rework and new parking. According to Sullivan, a new facility will prove to be more economical to operate, energy efficient, versatile and meet the needs of more people.   “I never intended to renovate the existing building,” said Sullivan. “I made it very clear to the public that I was pursuing a path of demolition and construction of an entirely new building that would last for a couple of decades or longer.” The land on which the old library was located was donated to the City of Houston by Jerry Eversole, Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner. This enabled the city to purchase an additional two acres for parking. Construction costs for the new center is estimated at about $3.1 million with another $168,000 for the acreage, and $32,137 for the demolition costs. The total cost of the new center is estimated to be around $3.3 million. Construction of the new center should begin in September of this year and will take approximately 11 - 12 months to complete. Photo: Demolition of the ‘old’ Kingwood library begins as crews tear down the exterior.

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