Friday, March 20, 2009

Cedar Rapids Public Library Update

Link to March 20 Cedar Rapids Gazette article, "Fresh hope for library in downtown Cedar Rapids".

Excerpt: Cedar Rapids is likely to build a new public library downtown after a hard-won federal decision this week.

And for the library's board of directors, said president Susan Corrigan, that means realization of a key hope: relocation from the perilous site next to the Cedar River on First Street SE.

"We want to be where we don't have that concern about being flooded again," she said Thursday.

The library board had estimated that it would cost $17 million to repair the library in place and up to $24 million to build new at a different spot. If a new library were built from the ground up, Corrigan said, new features could be included to cut future operating and maintenance costs.

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