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State awards firm $4.8 million contract to finalize central Pratt Library renovation plans
State awards firm $4.8 million contract to finalize central Pratt Library renovation plans

State officials agreed Wednesday to spend $4.8 million to complete design plans for a major renovation of the central Enoch Pratt Free Library. The move indicates the state will approve additional funding for a $99 million renovation of the 1930s-era, 275,000-square-foot building starting next year, Pratt CEO Carla D. Hayden said. "You don't need plans if you're not going to build something," Hayden said. "We're taking this as a good sign. It means a lot when you know that they are allowing you to really start with the planning documents." The renovations, $6 million of which would be paid for by the city, would add bathrooms, elevators, air...

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