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New downtown library plan stays in place

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Posted: Oct 4, 2011 10:23 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: downtown, library, Metro Council, Library Board, renovation, rebuild

BATON ROUGE- The East Baton Rouge Metro Council voted Wednesday night to leave the rebuild plans for the River Center Branch Library in place.

It took two hours to come to the 8-2 decision.

The council was revisiting the issue following a summer where attitudes about the new $19 million rebuild flared up, and the Library Board of Control began reconsidering their stance.

Council tonight was voting on telling the board to develop a renovation project instead.

In the discussion, re-hashed arguments from the public, and council members still against the plan, filled up half the time. However, new views on the issue, including ways to lower the price with tax breaks and the mayor's plan to increase visitor statistics through several programs for children, swayed votes to leave the project in place.

Next up, is a vote by the Library Board to approve an architect, which the council also has to later approve. The new library is still one the schedule to open by 2014.

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