Link to April 13 Wisconsin State Journal article, "City council gets sales pitch on rebuilt library".
Excerpt: Madison Library Board Chairman Tripp Widder on Tuesday told skeptical City Council members that rebuilding the Central Library is now the best way to achieve an attractive state-of-the art facility.
Despite questions about cost and other issues, council members seemed to warm to the option and all who spoke said a new library of some sort is a priority.
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz is pushing to quickly rebuild the 45-year-old library rather than reopen talks with the Fiore Cos. and partners to build a new $37 million library on another site followed by a $50 million private project on the existing library property.
The Library Board unanimously endorsed the rebuilding option last week.
Library director Barb Dimick said the staff is “pretty excited” about a rebuilt facility with far more space.
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Board Endorses Renovation Plan. (4/6/2010)
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Madison Central: The Dream Dies, It's Now Time to Renovate. (3/19/2010)
Dispute over Construction Costs Threatens to Derail New Central Madison Library. (3/17/2010)
Madison Public Library Project Faces Delay in 2011. (3/9/2010)
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Madison Council Begins Review of Mayor's Budget on Tuesday. (11/6/2009)
More Questions About Madison Central Library Project. (11/1/2009)
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Madison Board of Estimates Rejects Library Referendum. (10/13/2009)
Some Madison City Council Members Want Referendum on New Central Library. (10/9/2009)
Wisconsin State Journal Editorial on New Madison Central Library. (9/13/2009)
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New Madison Central Library on Mayor Dave's Front Burner. (8/30/2009)
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Fiore Plan Receives Unanimous Support. (6/5/2009)
Fiore Plan Gets Nod from Committee. (5/15/2009)
Public Forum Focuses on Central Library Options. (4/24/2009)
Developer Sweetens the Deal. (4/21/2009)
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Renovation Plan Put on Table for Madison Central Library. (3/26/2009)
Residents Critique Proposals to Rebuild Downtown Library. (1/9/2009)
Competing Developers Defend Their Central Library Plans. (1/8/2009)
Comparison of Downtown Madison Library Proposals. (12/17/2008)
Two Proposals for New Madison Central Library. (12/3/2008)
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