Library's Tennessee Avenue Improvement Project begins July 5

renderingConstruction work on the William K. Cheatham Building (Main Library) will begin Tuesday, July 5, as part of the Atlantic City Free Public Library Tennessee Avenue Improvement Project.
The building, which opened in 1985 at 1 North Tennessee Ave., will receive extensive exterior repairs and upgrades this year as part of this project. The construction will begin with remodeling of the library’s first-floor bathrooms and will later include cleaning the exterior limestone façade, demolition and replacement of the concrete stairs and sidewalk, improved lighting, signage and railings and new exterior doors.
The library will remain open during construction, with the exception of a few days when demolition will require closing. The project is expected to be completed in fall 2022.
The library’s doors on Tennessee Avenue will remain closed to the public during this time. Individuals who want to enter the building must go to the Atlantic County Office doors on Atlantic Avenue and inform a security guard they are going to the library.
The first-floor bathrooms will be closed during construction. Also, the library’s 15-minute parking area will be unavailable, and there will be a lane closure on Tennessee Avenue until the project has been completed.
The library received grant funding from the first round of the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act (ASSEMBLY, No. 222; STATE OF NEW JERSEY; 217th LEGISLATURE) to fund 50 percent of the project cost.
This project is part of the Library’s Strategic Plan to update the Main Library facility to ensure the continued provision of critically needed training, educational and informational services to the Atlantic City community. R Maxwell Construction Company of Pleasantville will perform the repairs and upgrades.
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This project is supported by funds from the New Jersey Library Construction Bond Act, administered by the New Jersey State Library.

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