From the Chicago Sun-Times:
Chicago’s showcase Harold Washington Library is in line for a $6 million facelift — including a new roof, generators, heating and cooling systems — courtesy of tax increment financing.
TIF funding for the library equivalent of a 100,000-mile checkup for the 26-year-old central library — and the same for the 30-year-old Sulzer Regional Library — is tucked away in Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s 2014 budget.
The $6 million overhaul, expected to be completed next year, will focus on the things that library patrons feel, but don’t necessarily see.
It’ll replace lighting, heating systems, cooling towers and malfunctioning generators that are supposed to keep the juice flowing and the data center working, even during a power outage.
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