John Ebright: CMC library option too costly |

John Ebright: CMC library option too costly

John Ebright

A new library option will be paid for by $2.5 million from the county, $.5 million from grants and $.5 million from the Town of Breckenridge. Overrun cost will be borne by the County. The CMC option (old building on Harris St.) will cost (at latest estimate) $7.5 million, with the town paying $4.5 million and the county and grants $3 mill. That’s an increase for the town of $4 million, plus they will pay any cost overruns (highly likely).

What is benefit for the extra $ 4 million? The library would have about half the building and TOB would receive the balance (probably the second floor). The disposition and cost of the Speakeasy movie theater hasn’t been disclosed.

The town appears set on remodeling the CMC building as a library without reviewing other options for the building. It appears to me that before a decision on the library is made, the town should look at other options for the building. If the town is committed to spending an additional $4 million on CMC, it should look at other options such as a community center, first-class museum or selling to a developer with the condition the building keeps its historic character.

By rejecting a new library, I am concerned that the community will be receiving a less than first-rate building, as creativity and modern design will be hampered by the footprint of the CMC building, that safety of children will be compromised by not having adequate off-street access to the entrance, the interior of the building will be much darker than a new building, downtown traffic will greatly increase and energy efficiency will be less.

Council and project planners should look at the recently completed and highly acclaimed Sam Gary Branch Library in Stapelton and ask if the Breckenridge library will be as nice.

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