Library board votes to build new library in downtown Baton Rouge
After two years of research and debate, people in downtown Baton Rouge are closer to seeing a new library.
The Library Control Board voted 5-2 tonight to recommend building a new, 57,000 square foot library to replace the current one. Members Stan Bardwell and Don Browning were the only votes against building a new library.
The new library is estimated to cost around $19 million; the board had already earmarked that amount in their budget to cover the construction costs.
Bardwell had proposed a substition motion for renovating and expanding the current library for $6 million, but that motion was defeated 2-5, with Bardwell and Browning the only members voting for it.
The meeting grew heated at times, as audience members shared their opinions for and against building a new library. Some said replacing the current library was a wasteful expense, while others said they wanted an up-to-date library that used the latest technology.
The decision now goes to the Metro Council for a final vote.