Monday, August 16, 2010
Omro Library Expansion Progress Report
Link to August 16 Oshkosh Northwestern article, "Two properties purchased for expansion of Omro library".
Excerpt: Expansion of the Carter Memorial Library to meet growing needs has taken another step toward reality.
Two properties for the expansion were recently purchased on Huron Street next to the library in downtown Omro, said library director Theo Knigge.
One property was purchased for $136,000 and another parcel was bought on a land contract that came to $71,300 after a donation of $4,550 helped pay for it. Money to buy the two properties came from an impact fee that is paid when new houses are built in the city, as well as funds carried over from past library budgets and from the Grace Carter Fund, set up by the original founder of the library, which includes donations from residents in the past 20 or so years for future expansion.
Knigge said the houses will be rented out — with income going to the library — until building plans get underway. Knigge said the nearly $2.5 million estimated cost of the library expansion includes an addition to the library, which was built in 1968, as well as demolition of the two houses.
"Optimistically, we hope to have the entire expansion project done within the next five years," Knigge said.
Omro's Carter Memorial Library looks to expand. (9/20/2008)