From the Austin American-Statesman:
Construction is slated to start next month on Austin’s new central library, a limestone and glass building that will anchor a rapidly transforming corner of downtown.
The Austin City Council on Thursday approved $91.6 million to build the new library at West Cesar Chavez Street and West Avenue, $18.6 million to extend West Second Street and build a vehicle, bike and pedestrian bridge over Shoal Creek, and $1.7 million for a public art wall that will surround an electric substation nearby.
The 200,000-square-foot library is expected to open in 2016, and will include a sunlight-drenched atrium, several gathering spaces and a street-level cafe.
Most of the money, $90 million, will come from a 2006, voter-approved bond package. The rest will come from the city budget and proceeds from the sale of another city-owned lot downtown, among other sources, Gillum said.
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