By ANITA TODD | Contributing Writer
Now, 10 years later, the future is here and officials are making plans for the 12,000 square-foot unfinished space.
“This is a fully flexible space,” said George Taylor, Director of the Office of Library Services, Lake County. “We are still in the planning stages on the best route to take. And, we always want to use our funds in the most effective and efficient way possible.”
So far, there have been several planning meetings and charrettes of interested parties. Although nothing is set in stone, Taylor said that from those meetings there seems to be a consensus about the Cagan Crossings Library moving some of the book collection and that the rest of the space should remain flexible.
The library will expand to the space, creating a second-floor reference desk, individual reading areas and possibly four study rooms that are reconfigurable to host from four to 20 people. Two large community/classroom areas would be a part of the configuration for meetings and small conferences.
Taylor said that room dividers will help keep the space flexible by adjusting the room to the size of the group. However, he also stressed that it is important to include community partners in the planning, specifically Lake-Sumter State College.
The school currently has a space at the library and would like to increase that area by using some of the second floor.
“Ultimately, we will take direction from the (Lake) Board of County Commissioners,” Taylor said
Although planning has begun, the construction phase is years away.
“Hopefully, next fiscal year, 2021, we can put the plan in motion,” he said.
The project will be paid for with county funds and governmental grants.
Cagan’s Crossing Community Library is located at 16729 Cagan Oaks, Clermont.