Brand New Building, Same Site
April 6, 2010 1:25 PM
The Library Board voted unanimously last night to move ahead with a new Central Library on its current site. That's great news because to start over would be a terrible mistake. If we went back to square one and began looking for other sites it would put the process back a year or two. There's no reason to think we'd find a better location, but we can be pretty certain that even the same building will cost more by then.
But some of the reporting on this issue has used words that don't capture the meaning of what I, and now the Library Board, intend. So, I want to emphasize one point: this will not be a remodeling, renovation or rebuilding of the current library. It will be a brand new building on the same site. The only parts we will reuse are the floor plates and pillars of the current building. When we're done we'll have a building worthy of its place in the downtown landscape right next to the Overture Center. And the interior will be a state-of-the-art modern library with all of the resources, technology, amenities and ambience of a building that should be the center of civic learning and ideas in a community that values education above all else.
We are not settling for a lesser project. We're adjusting to a new direction and building a library that we can be proud of for generations.