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Carnegie work begins soon, starting with annex demolition


Jana Alexander Hill photo

The Carnegie Building is fenced off right now in preparation for work to begin soon. Here, it was seen during the first week of January. The main building is shown in the picture. The single-story annex is seen behind the tree.

SNOHOMISH — The Carnegie annex could begin coming down as soon as next week.
City administrator Steve Schuller released a preliminary timeline developed from discussing with the city’s hired contractor. It shows the last pieces of the Carnegie project might wrap by September before a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The Carnegie Building, the city’s longtime former library, is Snohomish’s largest and oldest public building. The 1968 annex that is grafted onto the original building expanded the library’s footprint.
The Carnegie will gain an outdoor, uncovered lift providing ADA access to both levels. Access to the upper and lower levels by stair or lift would require users to exit the building to go up or down.
The upper level could accommodate approximately 120 people.
The city has contemplated making the Carnegie an event rental space.
The project, which is under contract for $1.7 million ($2.1 million if including contingencies) would include restoring the original facade not seen in 50 years. The original 1910 building will also receive new carpentry, flooring, insulation and heating and cooling systems.
The city has $1 million in state grants for the project, and in 2018 identified $1.2 million in already collected real estate excise taxes and $450,000 in utility revenues.
The schedule is dependent on weather.

 

  

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