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Carnegie Building reopens for community events
SNOHOMISH - Both the upstairs space and the downstairs conference room are now available to be rented out for community events following the completion of phase one restoration work on the Carnegie Building.
The phase one seismic retrofit work closed down the former library from August 2012 to March 2013.  
The Snohomish Carnegie Foundation, which is raising money to restore the building to its original design, has scheduled a reopening celebration for Sept. 14, Foundation president Melody Clemans said. She hopes the celebration will be block party style.
“It will be an opportunity to bring in the whole business neighborhood and celebrate the completion of the seismic retrofit,” Clemans said.
The Foundation is still formulating ideas for the party, which will double as a fundraising kick-off for phase two. Clemans said the nonprofit group may decide to host a 5K fundraising run/walk.
The Foundation needs to raise $400,000 for the second phase of the four-phase project, Clemans said. This portion of the project will remove the 1968 annex and restore the original entryway.
“The mission is to restore and rehabilitate the Carnegie back to its original construction,” Clemans said.
Once the annex is torn down and removed from the south side of the building, the Foundation has plans for that area to be made into a park. The war memorial will be returned, a pathway will be installed, and the area will be neatly landscaped, Clemans said.
“It will be a place for the community to rest and enjoy a park-like setting,” Clemans said.
The park will be added during phase four of the project.
The tenant who occupied the annex before the retrofit project began has returned to the building, said Debbie Emge, economic development manager for the city.
The spaces in the main building are available for community rentals right now, Emge said.

 

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