Library board to look at designer
THREE RIVERS — Three Rivers Public Library board members at their meeting Tuesday, Oct. 25 continued to discuss the matter of library location and design.
The city has been looking at possible buildings as alternate homes for the library. The former Whitehouse Manufacturing building at the southwest corner of Michigan Avenue and Main Street was deemed cost-prohibitive; the Southern Michigan Bank and Trust building at 88 N. Main Street has also been studied.
The board heard a report on the latter building during its August meeting; library board president Sarah Embil said at that point the board asked the city to report to them how it proposed to fund a move; the city has not done so but wants the library board to hire an architect.
New library director Debra Greenacre encouraged the board to take ownership and move forward, looking at either doing repairs to the current building or pursuing a new building.
Board trustee Joye Briggs suggested they have an architect draw up plans for both options.
Embil asked if there was a way drawings could be adaptable no matter which building they used.
Greenacre said that at her previous library they had hired a library designer who collected ideas from staff and came up with three drawings based on what they said they wanted.
Embil asked her to get the board an idea of what hiring a library designer would cost.
Briggs asked Greenacre to find out what was on library staff members’ wish lists so desires could be prioritized.
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