Leesville Community Library will remain closed through the summer as crews repair the damage caused by an intentionally set fire in February.
Now, workers are determining how much it will cost to restore the library, which has been closed since the fire, according to a news release from Wake County.
Crews will address fire and water damage in staff workrooms, public restrooms and the book drop. They will also clean all the furniture, install new carpet, replace ceiling tiles and paint the interior walls, according to the county.
The library’s 43,000 books will also have to be cleaned individually and treated for smoke damage.
During the clean-up process, the library, located at 5101 Country Trail, will undergo a redesign that will create more space for children’s programming and new seating.
The county expects to sign construction contracts for the library project in early June, according to a website that updates residents on the library’s restoration.
Raleigh police arrested Parker Daniel Bruer, 18, and Daniel James Lunsford, 19, on Feb. 17, the day of the fire.
Both were charged with burning a public building, Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said at the time. Lunsford was also charged with damage to property.
Firefighters and police were alerted about a fire at the library in the early-morning hours of Feb. 17. Investigators determined the fire started after someone placed pyrotechnic smoke bombs into the library’s book depository.
A second fire was discovered in an outdoor trash can on the grounds of Leesville Road Elementary School across the street. Police say Lunsford started the trash can fire.
Police found Bruer and Lunsford in the area a short time later, Sughrue said at the time.
Lunsford and Bruer are scheduled to appear in court Monday.
Leesville Community Library opened in October 2009.