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Library moving to larger quarters

Library plans May 18 move to Parallel Road location

April 20, 2006

The Basehor Community Library will be on the move sooner than expected.

Library director Carla Kaiser announced this week that the library soon will move to a temporary location at 14500 Parallel Road, just inside city limits, for 16 to 24 months. The temporary space, which is inside Parkway Place business park, includes two levels and approximately 5,500 square feet.

The library has set a tentative move date of May 18.

"Prompting the move is an overwhelming concern for the health and safety of people -- people who work here and our patrons -- and for our collection," Kaiser said.

Next year, the library plans to move into a new, $2.99 million building inside Prairie Gardens subdivision, which is on 158th Street, between U.S. Highway 24-40 and Parallel Road. Voters approved funds to construct the new building in March.

Architects and library officials now are working on a design for the new building.

Basehor developer and city council president John Bonee owns the business park. A lease agreement is still being negotiated between Bonee and library officials, though Kaiser said a final deal is imminent.

"We are working on getting that lease done," Kaiser said.

The library board of trustees has agreed to the temporary relocation. The library pays $650 in rent at its current location. Rent at the temporary space will cost $2,800 a month.

"As long as everything gets signed, they have approved moving to this temporary space," Kaiser said.

The library's temporary quarters will provide 1,500 more square feet of space than the current building, which has housed the library since it was founded in 1985. Kaiser said the top floor of the building will house the adult collection and children's books and other materials will be contained in the lower level.

For years leading up to the successful March bond election, library officials have said they were concerned about the deterioration of the downtown building. Namely, library officials said, the building was no longer adequate to accommodate a growing collection and to serve a growing area.

The latest snafu, Kaiser said, is that a water well, which serves the library's restroom, has nearly run dry. The issue was of primary concern, Kaiser said, because the summer months are among the busiest at the library.

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