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Basalt starts to build library

Aspen Times Staff ReportAspen, CO Colorado

BASALT After years of planning, Basalt is finally ready to break ground on a 20,000-square-foot library.An official ground-breaking ceremony will be held Tuesday, July 15, from noon to 1 p.m. at the site, between the skateboard park and post office on Midland Avenue. Bud Eylar, president of the library district’s board of directors, said the public is welcome at the event.B&H General Contractors has already started preparing the site. The library district anticipates receiving an excavation permit from the town of Basalt early next week. The district closed Thursday on a deal to purchase the property from the town government. It will take about 14 months for construction, so the new facility will open in fall 2009, said Eylar. The current library near Town Hall will be vacated once the new facility is finished.Voters in the library district approved an $11 million bond issuance in November 2006. The bonds will be repaid through a property tax increase. Voters also approved funds for increased operating expenses.

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