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Library Block gets OK after architect gives two sides a makeover
Design to blend with two historic districts
Library Block NW new
The modified Library Block design from the northwest. - photo by Plunkett Raysich Architects LLP

The Platteville Common Council March 24 voted to approve the Library Block project design, except for the Chestnut Street and Main Street exteriors of the project.

The Common Council April 14 approved those two sides of the project.

The changes made by Plunkett Raysich Architects LLP, were based on feedback from a Historic Preservation Commission meeting following the council’s March 24 vote to change the facades. The project, bordered by West Main, South Chestnut, West Pine and South Elm streets, is in between the city’s Main Street Historic District, which ends at Chestnut Street, and the West Main Street Historic District, which starts at Elm Street.

The council also passed a resolution of support of the project, based on feedback City Manager Larry Bierke got from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, which must approve the New Market Tax Credits that are part of the project’s financing.

“Their biggest concern was the city council’s last vote,” the 4–3 vote in favor of changing the facade, Bierke said.