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Archive for Monday, May 17, 2004

Plans for western satellite library shelved

May 17, 2004

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Plans have been scrapped for a West Lawrence "satellite" library, the city's library director said Monday afternoon.

"We've adjusted our thinking on that," Bruce Flanders told the Lawrence City Commission. "We're now looking at downtown locations exclusively."

Earlier this decade, the city reserved more than $200,000 for a West Lawrence branch -- despite opposition from some officials and community members who felt the Lawrence Public LIbrary should be located entirely downtown.

In the last year, library officials had turned their eyes toward expanding or relocating the main library somewhere else within downtown.

Flanders requested that $100,000 of the money saved for the satellite library be used instead to hire a consultant to help move the expansion plans forward.

Commissioners had no immediate comment. They heard Flanders during the first of three days of talks on the 2005 city budget.

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