Basalt library finalizing design |

Basalt library finalizing design

Aspen Times Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” The Basalt Regional Library District is working on a final design for a new 20,000-square-foot facility and plans to break ground in mid-summer 2008.

The new library will take about one year to build, so it will open in summer 2009, said Bud Eylar, president of the library district’s board of directors.

The library will be built on vacant land between the Basalt Post Office and the skate park. The library district has a contract to purchase the property from the town of Basalt. The price is $2.04 million but the library district will get $725,000 credit for returning the current facility, which it leases, back to the town.

Voters in the library district approved an $11 million bond issue in November 2006. A property tax increase will pay off the bonds. Voters also approved a tax hike for increased operating costs at the new library.

Although groundbreaking won’t occur until about 18 months after the funding was approved, Eylar said he doesn’t believe at this point that skyrocketing costs of construction will erode expectations for the new facility. He vowed that the library district won’t be forced to scrimp and save by cutting items like landscaping.