YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – While preparing for the now-underway upgrade of Main Library, a member of the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County’s staff came across a brochure from the 1950s about the renovation that was about to take place then.
The brochure touted the upcoming modernization of the old building and doing away with “all of those interesting details and the character of that side of the building,” recounts Scott Neill, project manager for AMHigley Co.
“Now, here we are, 70 years later, bringing it all back,” he says.
The long-anticipated renovation of Main Library is moving toward completion of its most recent phase and the start of the next, which will include a 6,000-square-foot addition. Work is underway on the basement level of the original building, a Carnegie library that opened in 1910, as well as the first floor of the 1996…