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Council to consider bid for estimated $37 million Goodwood Library rebuild

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Posted: Aug 19, 2011 10:42 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: council, Goodwood, library, main, Independence Park, Baton Rouge, rebuild, downtown, River Center

BATON ROUGE- Next week, the Metro Council considers bids for a new Main library.

But some ask why it hasn't caught as much attention as the new Downtown library, even though it's twice the price.

Controversy still swirls around the $19 million downtown Baton Rouge library. The debate resurfaced and there's talk about putting that project on hold. Now, some wonder why $37 million for the new Main branch has no opposition.

Some of the biggest nay-sayers of the downtown River Center Branch say the more expensive library, at Goodwood, is okay because it's used more. But people who stick by the downtown plan say a new building will bring people there.

The council will vote on the lowest bid for the Main branch project Wednesday. The TEA Party of Baton Rouge says it won't be there to support that vote, but it will oppose any other talk of the downtown project.

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