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New library building site
By Heidi Ekstrand


September 15, 2007
Saturday PM

As a member of the Friends of the Library, I was on the site selection committee that evaluated the first round of land proposals submitted for consideration as possible sites for a new library building.

On paper, it's easy to see the appeal of Pat Jirschle's proposed library addition over Ketchikan Creek. I actually think it's a neat idea and could be beautiful! But there are a couple of disadvantages that don't make it realistic and eliminated it from the committee's list of preferred sites.

First, the original concept of a library built over a parking garage on the Main and Grant streets location was rejected due to high construction costs associated with that type of structure. I assume a heavy structure suspended over the creek would be equally cost-prohibitive.

Second, Mr. Jirschle doesn't own the property he suggests using, and the actual land owner apparently isn't interested in selling it.

The City Council will be evaluating another round of proposed sites this fall. I would encourage anyone interested in a new library building to contact council members and urge them to choose a feasible site soon so this project can move forward.

Heidi Ekstrand
Ketchikan, AK

Received September 14, 2007 - Published September 15, 2007


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