Archive for Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Basehor Library takes shape

August 1, 2007

The foundation has been poured and the walls of the new Basehor Community Library are standing.

After a $2.99 million bond issue was approved by voters in February 2006 and a parcel of land donated by local residents Ray and Ann Breuer, the 13,600-square-foot vision at 158th Street and Garden Parkway is starting to become a reality.

At a site tour Thursday evening, Library Board members and employees could almost hear the crackling fire in the soon-to-be fireplace and see the shelves of books in what they hope will become a gathering place for the community.

"We're at that stage when we get that shell up and people say, 'Wow, they're going to be done with that soon,'" Roger Feyerherm, general contractor with Feyerherm Construction, said to the group. "But we've still got a lot of details to work out."

Several of those modern details were explained throughout the tour, starting with the parking lot and the "green" approach to handling stormwater runoff. Instead of the usual curbed and guttered, raised, grassy parking lot dividers, several bioswales will be constructed. Unlike anything seen within the city limits, a bioswale has sides that slope inward and will be filled with native plants such as purple and yellow coneflower and prairie clover. As the runoff flows through the bioswale, silt and pollutants are filtered out before it reaches the storm sewer. It's a design element that is functional as well as appealing to the eye, Feyerherm said.

"It's really kind of the wave of the future for handling stormwater," he said.

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