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Rifle library to be built behind city hall

Heidi Rice
Rifle Correspondent
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” A proposal to build a new Rifle Public Library in the city hall parking lot at 202 E. 2nd St. was met with thumbs-up approval by the city council last week.

The library is currently located across from city hall at 107 E. 2nd St.

Moving the library to the city hall parking lot will mean the closure of East Second Street between East and Railroad Avenues, according to Assistant City Manager Matt Sturgeon.

“It will mean the creation of about 150 parking spaces on the south side of the block of Second Street between East and Railroad,” he said.

The spaces will be available for public parking.

The proximity of city hall and the new library is part of the creation of a “civic plaza.”

“There will be two separate buildings with the ability, if space or needs are warranted, to be connected,” Sturgeon said. “People could take advantage of the common facilities such as rest rooms and the elevator.”

Eventually, the existing city hall could be razed to build a new and bigger one, Sturgeon said.

The Garfield County Library District purchased three pieces of property on East Second Street in November for $450,000, with the intention of expanding the library. But the decision was made to build a new library and the city was approached.

“The city has supported putting the library in the city hall parking lot,” Sturgeon said. “They want to break ground this fall and open in late summer or early fall of 2010.”

Results from an economic study showed the city needs at least a 20,000-square-foot library. The current location is a little more than 4,500 square feet.

Construction of the new library will be funded through a bond issue passed by county voters in 2006, along with improvements at other libraries in the county. The bond issue brought in $2.8 million in 2007.

The library district and the city have submitted a joint $2 million grant application to the Colorado Department of Local Affairs to help construct the civic plaza.

“With the parking, this civic plaza will benefit the downtown and the city as a whole,” Sturgeon said.

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