State, City, and Civic Officials gathered on Friday February 15th, a cold, damp, wintry morning, to break ground on the new South Irving Library which will be located near Millennium Park off Irving Boulevard. Attendees at the festivities included State Representative Linda Harper-Brown, Mayor Beth Van Duyne, Mayor Pro-Tem Gerald Farris, City Councilwoman Rose Cannaday, City Manager Tommy Gonzalez, Library Director Chris Dobson, members of the Library Board, and students from St. Luke Catholic School and John Haley Elementary.
Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne said the $9.7 million South Irving Library will serve as a catalyst to spur redevelopment in Irving’s Heritage Crossing District. This new, high-tech library is part of a master plan to build four full-service libraries within four miles of every Irving resident. The South Irving Library is expected to be completed May 2014 and be a Silver LEED-certified building.