Citizens For A Better Grand Bay and Friends of the Grand Bay Library are renovating the historic Grand Bay State Bank building (1913) for use as a regional public library, technology center and agricultural museum, located in the old Grand Bay State Bank Building on the corner of Freeland Ave and Potter Tract Road.
From 1913 to 1929 the building was used as a bank, then it was the US Post Office from 1933 to 1975. In between that time, the rear of the building was a dry goods store and a real estate office.
In 2011 Mobile County purchased the building and leased it to CBGB so that it could be renovated for a library. Since the project began, CBGB has been working on the building using grant funds and donations from local and regional donors.
Lee McClinton, a board member with CBGB is acting as the project coordinator and is really getting things completed on the building. Without McClinton’s expertise in brick and cement industry this project would not be going along as fast and completed as well as it is.
The repair and replacement of the 1st floor windows and doors on the west and north sides of the building was completed this summer with the older window glass replaced with code required tempered glass by Pascagoula Glass of Pascagoula and the original window framework and window trim was repaired by local contractor Clark Painting and Contracting of Coden, Alabama, who also installed the exterior doors. Specialty Contractors of Ocean Springs completed areas of stucco inside the building.
Mobile Lumber gave us a generous discount on the large exterior doors and Brabner & Hollan supplied the door hardware, also at a great discount.
In addition to the local contractors involved in this phase of work, volunteers from within the Grand Bay community also participated with the initial stages of the window replacement project by preparing the area for the contractors.
The window repair and replacement was funded by a grant from the Gulf Coast RC&D Council in the amount of $3,236 and the Sybil Smith Foundation Grant of $10,000, along with donations from within the community from the Daniel Foundation Challenge Grant in 2016.
Gulf Coast RC&D helped kick start the Grand Bay Library Project with a $25,000 grant in 2011 to pay for the initial engineering and design plans and architectural schematics, presentations and drawings.
The Grand Bay Library is being renovated in phases as funds will allow. Plans are being made for a Fall Event at the Library Building and a GALA Event for the Spring of 2018.
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Your donations are tax deductible and will directly benefit the community. For more info and photos visit our website at grandbaylibrary.com or on Facebook at The Grand Bay Library.