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Library board votes to build new library in downtown Baton Rouge

4 years ago September 16, 2010 Sep 16, 2010 Thursday, September 16 2010 Thursday, September 16, 2010 7:28:17 PM CDT in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

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.

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