Exterior perspective of the building courtesy of the city of University Park and Good Fulton & Farrell architects
According to a release sent to us from a hardworking University Park community relations officer named Steve Mace, the Plaza at Preston Center and the city of University Park are mere inches away from a letter of agreement that would give the city a permanent space library.
The agreement will call for the city to sell several alleys and city-owned rights of way to the Plaza in exchange for the 15,000-square-foot, second-floor library space. The library’s new home would be located inside a new commercial building inside the plaza. While the space occupied by the library would be owned by the city, the construction and finish-out would be financed by the Plaza.
We broke the news of the talks between the two parties in our May 7 issue. Then mayor James “Blackie” Holmes said the city engaged in talks with the Plaza’s management last fall, and expected a letter of agreement would be developed within the coming months. At that time there wasn’t a move-in date, but Holmes said he hoped the library’s new digs would be ready “sooner rather than later.”