Saturday, December 5, 2009

Orfordville (WI) Plans for New Library

Link to December 5 Janesville Gazette article, "Plans for new library taking shape in Orfordville".

Excerpt: A new Orfordville Library is now less talk and more plan.

The library board bought a parcel of land at 115 N. Center St. for $32,000 about a year ago. On Monday, library officials will request a variance for less parking than required at the new site during the village's plan commission meeting.

The new site is less than a block away from the current library at 203 W. Beloit St., where no parking spaces are available. Ten off-street parking spaces will be at the new library. The new site also is across the street from the municipal building and its parking lot.

"The building project has been something wanted and needed for many years," librarian Sarah Strunz said.

The board has raised $40,000 over the last year through small fundraisers, but it plans to start a full campaign once drawings are complete, hopefully early next year, Strunz said.

The board wants to stay within $500,000 to $600,000 for the project, she said.

"I would love to see the building built within the next three years," she said.

The current facility consists of 1,200 square feet on 2 levels. The second floor is not handicap-accessible.

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