St. Pete City Council unanimously approves Barack Obama library name

Posted at 6:04 PM, Apr 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-05 18:06:06-04

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The St. Petersburg City Council unanimously approved the renaming of the city’s main library in honor of former President Barack Obama.

In February, Mayor Kriseman announced the name change along with approximately $6 million in renovations, utilizing Penny for Pinellas funds. The official name of the library will be, "The President Barack Obama Main Community Library of St. Petersburg."


St. Petersburg to rename library after President Barack Obama

“Highlighting Barack Obama’s extraordinary story and history-making presidency in this way will inspire generations of young people in St. Pete and will complement the city buildings and other amenities that bear the name of local trailblazers. I am looking forward to unveiling the name change and cutting the ribbon on what will prove to be an exciting and innovative hub for learning in our city,” said Mayor Kriseman.

The second public hearing on this item will be April 19, 2018.

Projects in the library upgrade include:

  • 42 Parking Spaces
  • Complete fire sprinkler system
  • ADA compliant restrooms
  • Rear patio renovation & outdoor gathering space
  • Reconfiguring interior spaces with new programming areas

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