Archive for Thursday, April 6, 2006

Library targets fall 2007 opening

Staff members discuss design with architects

April 6, 2006

If all goes well, construction of a new Basehor Community Library will begin later this year.

"The best case scenario would be construction starting this fall, in September or October," library director Carla Kaiser said this week. "That would be if everything went just smoothly."

In March, voters in the 50-square-mile library district resoundingly approved a tax increase to pay for a new, $2.99 million building on 158th Street. The money will pay for construction and all materials for the building.

The library has targeted the end of May or mid-June for completion of the design.

Kaiser and other library officials are shooting for a September 2007 opening.

"That's a target date," she said. "If it takes longer, it takes longer. That's so far out we're not scheduling an opening day yet."

A schematic design, which would entail a blueprint of the library's floor plan, will take two to four weeks to complete, Kaiser said. The library anticipates a final design will be finished in four to six weeks.

"That (final design) basically pinpoints specifically where things are located," she said.

Kaiser also said the library has ruled out allocating space inside the new library to other community groups, which was considered leading up to the bond issue election.

Before the bond issue was approved, library officials met with representatives from the Basehor Veteran's of Foreign Wars post, the Basehor Historical Society and a resident interested in seeing a community center built.

Kaiser said library officials and group members discussed what common "functions we serve in the community" and whether it was wise to collaborate.

However, it was decided the new library would allow the groups to host activities and other events at the new facility, but would not provide a permanent space.

"We agreed that we have some overlap and we'll work together to have a space for (those activities)," Kaiser said.

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