by Beth Musgrave, 8.2.16, Kentucky.com
The city of Lexington is considering buying the Central Library on East Main Street for a new city hall, city and library officials said Tuesday.
City government, which currently operates out of the former Lafayette Hotel building on Main Street, has been looking for a new city hall on and off for decades. The Main Street library is in the same block as the city’s police station and other offices. It is adjacent to the Phoenix building on Vine Street that also houses hundreds of city employees.
“The city and the library are exploring the possibility of the city purchasing the Central Library building for a new city hall,” said Ann Hammond, executive director of the Lexington Public Library and Sally Hamilton, the city’s chief administrative officer, in a joint statement.
“The city has advertised for a consultant to study whether the library building would be a good fit for city hall. This process is just beginning and there is a lot of work to do before any decisions can be made.”
Susan Straub, a spokeswoman for the city of Lexington, said the city just issued the request for proposals for the consultant. A final report is supposed to be delivered to the Urban County Council on Nov. 29, according to a timeline released by the city. The consultant will look at the library building’s current condition, assess the space available and make some preliminary design proposals, according to the request for proposal released by the city…Read more at Kentucky.com
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