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BPL holding public meeting to talk Johnson Building improvements

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  April 4, 2013 11:47 AM

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Boston Public Library is continuing to work on plans to improve its Johnson Building with a public meeting to update residents on the early phases of the project.

Amy E. Ryan, president of Boston Public Library, Michael R. Colford, director of library services; and architect William L. Rawn will lead a public program on Wednesday, April 10 to discuss the Johnson Building Improvement Project.

The Johnson Building, which opened in 1972, is part of the Central Library in Copley Square.

The library wants to improve visitors’ first impression of the Johnson Building, enrich library services and spaces, and generate cost-sharing options and additional revenue with the improvement project.

Preliminary efforts to develop ideas for the Johnson Building began in November 2012 when a community advisory committee was formed and continued into December 2012 when the firm William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. was selected to lead the master planning process.

The library issued a request for proposals to help explore those ideas last summer and Boston.com reported in June the library was considering opening a retail venture on the first floor of the building.

The public meeting to update library users and interested residents will begin at 6 p.m. April 10 in the Johnson Building’s Rabb Lecture Hall at 700 Boylston St.

The library has also mounted a display of a floor plan of the existing layout of the Johnson Building in its atrium so users can review it before the meeting.

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