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|Former Downtown Bank Likely Won't Work for New Library
|A site first broken by WGIL this week as a potential location for a new Galesburg Public Library may already be out of the running.
According to a report by architect firm FEH Associates and given to the Library Board's Construction Committee Wednesday, the load-bearings walls in the former Wells Fargo Bank location at Main and Prairie Streets may not be strong enough for a new library. The load capacity sits around 65 pounds per square foot in the oldest parts of the building according to estimates.
Attorney Barry Barash has been helping the library acquire properties on West Main Street where it's been thought a new library would be built, and says both in terms of load-bearing walls and cost-wise, making the former Wells Fargo building conform wouldn't work.
"The main piece here, talking about structural integrity, to build a library, you have to have 150 pounds per square foot load-bearing capacity," Barash said. "And, there isn't anything in the bank building that approaches 150 pounds. I think 100 is the tops. To get there, is going to cost a lot of money -- as much as to build a new library someplace else."
A new library is estimated to cost as much as $17 million. The different in building new versus renovating the former Wells Fargo building is only a couple million dollars according to architects.
Construction Committee members Wednesday went through an exercise listing the pros and cons of using the Main and Prairie Street building.
(Library Board Construction Committee members work through a group exercise Wednesday. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)
|09 25 13 by Newsroom
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