Members of the Fritzel family are willing to change their plans for a new downtown library to address concerns that the proposal may require the use of eminent domain to acquire some properties.
Bob Schulte, a vice president with Gene Fritzel Construction, said the company would be willing to back off the idea of locating the library along Sixth Street between Vermont and Kentucky streets.
Schulte said the company's plans could be adjusted to move the library to the site of the current post office at Seventh and Vermont streets. The post office has expressed an interest in moving from that site to a location closer to Interstate 70 to better serve its distribution system. A smaller downtown post office could be housed in a new library.
"We still think the Sixth Street location is the best site because people coming over the bridge will be looking at it directly, and people coming to downtown from the west will be looking at it directly," Schulte said. "But if the community decides that site is too political, the existing post office site would also accommodate the library."
Questions had emerged about the Sixth Street site because it would require acquiring homes in the 600 block of Kentucky Street. One of the homeowners told city leaders Monday he had no intention to sell his property.
"I didn't buy this as investment property," said Barton Nash, who lives at 620 Ky. "I bought it to be my home."