Archive for Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Smaller library plan under consideration

September 26, 2006


Lawrence city commissioners want to study how they could build a new library that is smaller than originally envisioned.

Commissioners at their meeting tonight will consider approving a contract extension for the Lawrence-based architectural firm of Gould Evans.

The firm is being asked, among other things, to study ways that a new library project could be reduced in scope but yet still meet the needs of the community.

A report by Gould Evans previously concluded that a new downtown library should be in the 125,000- to 140,000-square-foot range to meet community needs. That's up from the building's current size of about 52,000 square feet.

Commissioners are asking the architecture firm to list what amenities would be lost if the city pursued a smaller expansion.

Commissioners began balking at several plans proposed for the library after it became evident that many of them would require public financing of $40 million or more.

The new contract with Gould Evans would be for $18,943.


Sigmund 11 years, 7 months ago

What they balked at was the public reaction and they became convinced that certain ancient practices regarding getting rid of out-of-control public officials might be revived! I think that about says it all.

No new library till you balance the budget, maintain the streets and sidewalks, and stop subsidizing the bus company over a millon dollars a year. Then we can talk about a branch system.

Sigmund 11 years, 7 months ago

But if you want to build a public gun range in the basement so sybil can show the police how to shoot the gun out of a suicidal women's hand I might go for an expansion of the downtown library.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 7 months ago

Yea, Sigmund, if it wasn't for you, they no doubt would have chosen Compton's or the Fritzells' wet dreams.

Where would we be without Sigmund the Saviour's tilting at the windmills of his mind?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 7 months ago

"Just where you got the impression I think I had any more impact "

Gee, where could I possibly have gotten that impression?

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 11 years, 7 months ago

Gee, if you believe all the posters on this forum over the last several months, a $70 million project is already under construction.

Wonder why they are so silent today.

Sacerdotal 11 years, 7 months ago

Wonder why they are so silent today?

Because the truth hurts?

Sigmund 11 years, 7 months ago

Bozo, you've gotten so nasty! Tilting at windmills and all. Too funny. You must have had a bad day. Smiling on the outside, crying on the inside again? Just where you got the impression I think I had any more impact than the tens-of-thousands of Lawrencians who knew it was a stupid waste of time and tax dollars, I don't know.

Please go back to micromanaging our economy, supporting the living wage, trying to change the census numbers to fit your model, turning Lawrence into Portland, and subsidizing the "MT". Your dragons are calling!

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