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Contractors are redesigning the green space outside of the Eden Prairie library to invite more community engagement, said Amy Kennedy Fosseen, the construction project manager. The photo was taken over the summer.

Eden Prairie’s library will reopen five weeks behind schedule, according to an email from Hennepin County Commissioner Debbie Goettel’s office.

Recently, “contractors discovered water infiltration at the north and northeast walls,” the email says, which will delay the project by around five weeks.

It was originally scheduled to open in late December but will now open in the first quarter of 2020, the email says. It’s hard to pin down a more specific date than that because of the complexity of the project, project manager Amy Kennedy Fosseen told Eden Prairie News in an email.

“There are so many moving pieces: we want staff to be in the building after all contract work is finished, and we want to give them enough time to acclimate to the new floor plan and to unpack everything from storage as well as make adjustments to the collection layout before we open to the public,” Kennedy Fosseen wrote.

The library has been under construction since January 2019 for a $12.1 million renovation to update the library’s interior.

Eden Teller is the multimedia reporter for Eden Prairie News. She's passionate about fostering productive conversations and empowering communities. When she's not reporting, she can be found reading a book, on a hike or tackling home improvement projects.

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