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|Library Board Still Looking for New Locations
|The Galesburg Public Library Board of Trustees is still seeking information to find the library a new home.
The board of trustees met Thursday night with architect Mark Misselhorn, who presented the group information on two proposed sites some of the group had recently walked through.
The first proposed site was the NAEIR Warehouse on Fremont Street which, according to Misselhorn, will be vacant shortly. The group did find some problems with the site saying the space wasn't very practical to house a public library. Misselhorn said the one level, nearly 70-thousand square foot building would make for more challenges than solutions to what the board was looking for in a site. Misselhorn told the group, a smaller building would be a more efficient solution.
"You can imagine coming into an entry point and knowing your going to a particular department that is on the far end of the building," Misselhorn said. "With a building that's 30,000 or so square feet, or about half the size of the current NAEIR, it's much more practical for staff and patrons to simply go to that spot. It's easier for staff to observe and supervise and help the patrons when it's a smaller floor plate."
Misselhorn also spoke to positives and negatives about the old Econo Foods property along Main Street. The property was a little smaller than the NAEIR building, Misselhorn says, but comes with new challenges such as possibly needing to acquire other property that surrounds the area in order to put just what they want and need in a new library.
The board of trustees voted to keep looking for property possibilities as Misselhorn and his company will provide a site analysis of the Econo Foods site to see if what the library boards needs fit into that property scheme.
(Galesburg Public Library. WGIL News File Photo.)
|06 19 09 by Newsroom
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