SOUTH BEND -- When it opens downtown, Ciao's Italian Restaurant & Bakery will be slightly larger than originally planned.
The St. Joseph County Public Library board on Monday approved a revised lease agreement with A-Dwell Inc., parent company of Ciao's restaurant at 501 N. Niles Ave.
Renovation are under way and Ciao's is expected to move and open later this fall at 301-305 S. Michigan St., in a long-vacant storefront that is owned by the library. The library in May approved a seven-year lease agreement with Ciao's owner.
At the time, the restaurant was expected to use about 80 percent of the restaurant building and initially pay the library $750 per month, then gradually increase rent payments to $2,250 per month in the final two years of the lease.
Under the revised agreement, Ciao's will use the entire building. The restaurant will pay an additional $105 per month for the extra space during the next year, then gradually increase payments for the extra space to $315 per month during the final two years of the seven-year lease. The restaurant is responsible for utilities, insurance and property taxes for the entire building.
The library board on Monday also held a public hearing on its proposed 2013 budget. No members of the public attended to comment on the budget.
In other business, the library board approved some promotions and job changes for various library managers. The library has a policy of changing department heads' jobs every few years to broaden their experience.
Among the changes that have occurred or will by Oct. 1: Sarah Hill, formerly manager of Sights & Sounds, is now coordinator of information technology and collection development; Dawn Matthews, collection development/acquisitions services manager, will become Centre Township Branch manager; Patricia Coleman, German Township Branch manager, will become collection development/acquisition services manager; Kris Spring, children's services manager, will become German Township Branch manager; Dana Labrum, reference & information services manager will become Francis Branch manager; Patricia Gable, literacy & outreach/local & family history services manager, will become reference & information services manager; and Joe Sipocz, Francis Branch manager, will become literacy & outreach/local & family services manager.
Staff writer Margaret Fosmoe: