Main School Library Site Selection
By Linda Koons Auger
January 12, 2008
To Charlotte L. Glover: Thank you for setting the record straight
on the facts regarding the public vote for funding of a new library
building. I should have done my research. I stand corrected.
This being said, I do not believe that I am the only citizen
questioning and concerned about the selection of the Main School
property as the site for a new library. Some of the things that
I am interested in having the facts on (in layman s terms) are:
1) What is the build-able square
footage of the Main School lot (not including the stand alone
parking structure to be built concurrently below at the corner
of Main and Grant )?
2) How many parking spaces
would be required for the new building? (Not to include the
stand alone parking structure to be built concurrently below
at the corner of Main and Grant. )
3) Has the Ketchikan Gateway
Borough been approached regarding bus service to this location
on top of the hill?
4) What mitigation plans have
been made for alternate parking due to the removal of the parking
lot? (Not including the plans for the stand alone parking structure
to be built concurrently below at the corner of Main and Grant.
5) How will the 10% grade issue
be addressed, with both access roads to the new library site
chosen appearing to be well in excess of a 10% grade? (See,
Charles Edwardson letter to Sit News, January 02, 2008)
I am very interested in a discussion
about the merits of building the library on the Main School Lot
WITHOUT the stand alone parking structure to be built concurrently
below at the corner of Main and Grant. I seriously question
the real need for a parking garage. The trend is for many businesses
(including the School District Administrative office) to move
away from downtown and relocate to Newtown/West End. Is it financially
prudent to go to the expense of building a parking garage because
we need an elevator for public access to a new library building?
In closing, I think it is great that the staff of the Ketchikan
Public Library can help folks research any issue of personal
or political interest in Ketchikan. I will most certainly make
the effort to verify my facts in the future.
Linda Koons Auger
Received January 11, 2008 -
Published January 12, 2008
Building Project By Charlotte L. Glover
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