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December 11, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Ground Broken for Durango Library
(2007-06-20)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: Something that's happened only once in the last 100 years, happened again in Durango yesterday.
Ground was broken, for the new 42-thousand square foot 18-million dollar Durango Public Library.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

ANGUS: YOU WATCHED FOR IT, YOU WAITED FOR IT, AND IT'S FINALLY GONNA HAPPEN.
VICTOR: With that, Durango Library Board Chairman Ed Angus welcomed about 150 people to the Library groundbreaking at the old Mercy Hospital site.
ANGUS: OVER A HUNDRED YEARS AGO A SMALL GROUP OF CITIZENS HAD A VISION AND CREATED A PUBLIC LIBRARY. WE'VE ENJOYED THE FRUITS OF THEIR LABOR FOR NOW A HUNDRED YEARS AND I THINK WHAT WE'RE BEGINNING TODAY IS A LEGACY FOR GENERATIONS TO COME.
Heavy equipment is already busy, grading and preparing the library site for construction.
Part of that effort involves removal of the boulder wall along the Animas River Trail just below the old hospital property.
That project has forced closure of that stretch of the river trail and a rerouting of it through the Fassbinder neighborhood, for 60-90-days.
As referenced by City Councilor and Mayor Doug Lyon, the Library is being financed through a quarter cent sales tax hike approved for capital projects two years ago by voters.
LYON: A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, A WHOLE BUNCH OF PEOPLE IN OUR COMMUNITY DECIDED THAT OUR COMMUNITY NEEDED TO DO A COUPLE OF THINGS. OUR COMMUNITY NEEDED TO BUILD A NEW LIBRARY, AND OUR COMMUNITY NEEDED TO BUY OPEN SPACE, AND OUR COMMUNITY RESPONDED BY VOTING FOR THAT INITIATIVE THANKS TO THE HARD WORK OF I'M SURE EVERYONE STANDING HERE AND A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO COULDN'T MAKE IT HEAR TODAY.
Library Director Sherry Taber has overseen the planning process for the new facility and says so it's going without a hitch.
TABER: WE HOPE THERE WON'T BE ANY, THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF PLANNING, I THINK OKLAND HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF ESTIMATING, COUNCIL HAS BEEN VERY SUPPORTIVE AND WE'VE JUST GOT OUR FINGERS CROSSED A MOVING AHEAD.
And she hopes the new library will be completed in 18 months.
TABER: DEFINITELY BY THE END OF 2008 AND EARLIER IF WE CAN MAKE IT.
When it does open, the Durango library will be the fourth new library in four years, in the Four Corners.
The Dolores public library opened in May 2004, Aztecs library moved into a new facility last August.
And closer to home, the Ignacio Public Library, now in temporary quarters, will close later this month or next, to move into a brand new high tech facility this August.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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