Residents in Hastings have chosen the final design of their new public library and community center.
The choice came after two weeks of public voting over four possibilities unveiled Sept. 12 at a public meeting. They chose Concept A.
The new facility would replace the existing library, which is housed in the former home of Hastings High School and dates to 1924.
County officials held two informational meetings at the Harris Community Center to present four potential designs. Staff from the county’s Public Works and Library System were available to answer questions about the proposals, then people could cast votes for their favorite design at the current Hastings Library on South Main Street through Sept. 8.
More than 150 residents voted.
In a news release, Public Works Director Greg Caldwell said officials are “thrilled that the Hastings community came together to pick a design that everyone can be proud to see.”
The planned community center and library will feature a full-sized library, a separate children’s collection room, an outdoor children’s reading garden, large meeting and assembly rooms, County Health and Human Services offices, a drive-up book drop and more.
A final design is being worked on now by county officials are now working on a final design. Construction is expected to begin next year.