Lewes library kickoff event attracts movers and shakers

Peter and Diane Issel, with Mayor-elect Ted Becker, look at a rendering of the new library during the campaign kickoff at the Inn at Canal Square April 11. BY MARC CLERY
April 18, 2014

More than 130 people attended the April 11 kickoff for the new Lewes public library campaign, one of largest fundraising efforts ever undertaken by the city.

The reception at the Inn at Canal Square, hosted by the Greater Lewes Foundation, attracted major donor prospects from across coastal Delaware to hear details of the project.

The new Lewes Public Library will stand on a 5.5-acre parcel adjacent to Stango Park, the existing library and Freeman Highway. The combined-use site, called the Lewes Gateway Project, will include connections to the adjacent Lewes-Georgetown Rail Trail and the nearby Junction and Breakwater Trail.

At the center of the project is the 28,500-square-foot modern library, which will be built to accommodate growth for the next 50 years.

The library project will cost $10.4 million, with $5 million being provided by the State of Delaware and almost $2 million expected to come from residents, businesses and organizations in the greater Lewes region.

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