Basalt council wants plan for old library’s use |

Basalt council wants plan for old library’s use

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT – Officials from the Wyly Community Art Center approached the Basalt Town Council Tuesday night looking for a commitment to use the existing library building once it becomes vacant. What they got was a “maybe.”

The library district is building a new facility by the post office. The move is planned early next year so the existing library building, which is owned by the town government, will be freed up.

The Wyly’s five-year lease in the Riverside Plaza building will end soon and the nonprofit organization is seeking a permanent home in downtown Basalt. “Our donors have impressed upon us that finding a permanent home, partnering resources, forgoing the expense of rent, would make their giving more attractive and keep our program prices affordable to all,” said a letter from the art center to the council.

The council members stressed that they view Wyly as an important part of the community but they were unwilling to commit space in the old library. It was unanimous among the seven members that they must assess the town government’s and the community’s needs before they decide how the old library will be used.

A lot of community organizations are desperate for space, said Councilwoman Amy Capron.

“A lot of us here want to decide with our hearts,” said Councilwoman Jacque Whitsitt. But the council really needs to take a detailed look at the needs, she said.

The council agreed it will hold a work session at an unspecified time to discuss the issue in greater detail.

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