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Expansion and Renovation Begins on CALS Fletcher Library

Expansion and Renovation Begins on CALS Fletcher Library

Remodeling and addition of the Central Arkansas Library System’s (CALS) Fletcher Library, 823 N. Buchanan has begun. The branch will remain open until a to-be-determined closure during the second quarter of 2017 to complete interior renovations.

The 3,008 square foot addition will allow the Fletcher Library to add three new meeting rooms with after-hours availability and a catering kitchen. Other features to be included in the renovation are an upgraded HVAC system, LED lighting, and new interior finishes.

Funds for the $2.7 million addition and renovation were approved by Little Rock voters through a bond refinance in July 2015.

The project design was completed by Allison Architects. Baldwin and Shell will provide construction services.

Fletcher Library, which opened in its current location in 1996, is located in the Hillcrest neighborhood of Little Rock. The library’s namesake, John Gould Fletcher was a poet and essayist. He is widely acknowledged as one of Arkansas’s most notable literary figures. He enjoyed an international reputation for much of his long career, earned the Pulitzer Prize in poetry, and participated in movements that shaped twentieth century literature.

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