Chris and Allison Marvin owned a home in Chevy Chase, Md., where they lived with their two children and needed more space. But an expansion could have overcrowded the lot.
By Ian Haupt
Since Birch Bay voters twice showed their opposition to fund an estimated $6.5 million library project, Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) has been looking for ways to utilize its $2 million of state funding to offer more library services to the area. Last month, the WCLS board of trustees decided an interior remodel of the Vogt family home as the best step forward.
In a June 21 regular board meeting, WCLS deputy director Michael Cox presented renovation plans for the Vogt family home to be made into a library branch. The plans, estimated to cost $2.6 million, show a first-floor renovation with full site improvements that include additional parking spaces, a book return, signage and an ADA accessible entrance. While there will be no exterior changes to the homestead, the plans call for demolishing existing outbuildings behind the home to make room for more parking, according to