A proposed $8-million overhaul of Brand Library was approved by the City Council this week, with council members directing officials to draft construction documents in preparation for a public bidding process.
It was the latest in a years-long effort to execute extensive renovations of the original Brand mansion, built in 1904, and a secondary building added in 1969 that houses studio space, art galleries and a recital hall.
Plans call for the replacement of the heating and air conditioning unit, upgrades to the electrical and telecommunication systems, handicap accessibility improvements, signage, upgrades to the fire sprinkler system, seismic retrofits and historic preservation, city engineer Roubik Golanian told the City Council on Tuesday.
The project has already been reviewed by library users, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Arts & Culture Commission, he added.
“All the commissioners enthusiastically supported the concept,” Golanian said.
The plan will undergo further review by the Historic Preservation Commission before returning to the City Council for authorization of a public bidding process.