Library receives grant for permeable parking lot
WESTCHESTER – Westchester Public Library will get a new permeable parking lot to prevent future flooding as part of a grant from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.
The library has flooded three times since 2007, said library director Fidencio Marbella. The library looked at installing a green roof to absorb rain, but concluded the roof wouldn’t be able to support the weight. An alternative was a permeable parking lot. Elmhurst-based Conservation Design Forum helped the library with its grant application, which was approved in mid-September.
The existing lot will be resurfaced with a pavement that will look similar to a brick road but smoother – and with gaps that allow water to pass into a substrate. During a two-inch rainfall, the pavement will enable almost 100 percent of water to get absorbed back into the earth, said Fidencio Marbella, the library’s director.
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