North Branch Library to close in August for restroom accessibility work

Evanston's North Branch library will be closed from Aug. 4 through Aug. 24 to allow renovation of the building's restrooms. | Bob Seidenberg/Sun-Times Media
Evanston's North Branch library will be closed from Aug. 4 through Aug. 24 to allow renovation of the building's restrooms. | Bob Seidenberg/Sun-Times Media

Evanston’s North Branch Library will be closed for nearly three weeks in August so that renovation can be completed on two restrooms under a project approved Wednesday by the Evanston Library Board.

Library Board members unanimously approved a construction contract of $66,900 with Morton Grove-based Construction Consulting and Disbursement Services.

Under the project, the two rooms at the library, 2026 Central St., will be renovated to make them compliant with the Illinois Accessibility Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act, library officials said.

The project is to be funded through a Live and Learn Construction grant made available through the state, as well as through the library’s maintenance and building fund.

“Since North Branch will need to be closed for the duration of construction,” officials said, “the project has a tight timeline as the work will be completed between the end of the Summer Reading Program and the beginning of the school year” – from August 4 through August 24.

Evanston-based GA Johnson & Sons was the other bidder on the project, proposing to do the work for $79,838. Several board members said they would have preferred going with a local-based contractor but because of the great disparity in the bids, felt they had to go with CCDS.

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