By Brittni Henderson
The Greenville Public Library celebrated the completion of its parking lot and traffic pattern project on Sunday, January 5, 2020. Greenville Public Library Trustee President Stephen Cicilline cut the ribbon at the event. Library staff in attendance included Director Dorothy Swain, Assistant Director Cassie Patterson, and several other staff members. Also in attendance were Town Council President Suzy Alba, Vice President T. Michael Lawton, Town Manager Randy Rossi, Dina Cesina, Maxine Cavanagh, and members of the Greenville Public Library Board of Trustees.
The project, which began in July 2019, added 50 parking spots, as well as a new entrance and egress off of Pleasant View Ave. With the addition of the new traffic pattern and parking spots, there was also some landscaping work done to what was already in place.
As the project progressed, there were some minor cutbacks in landscaping due to unexpected ledge removal. Six benches were originally included in the budget, but were also removed due to funding. Swain hopes that members of the community will come forward to purchase a bench in the name of their family or a loved one.
The library’s Board of Trustees started planning this project since 2015, and the Champlin Foundation awarded the library $700,000 in 2017 to fund the renovations.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of the project,” Swain says. “While it looks beautiful, it also now provides our patrons with a much safer way to access the library.”