Surls museum wins the Carbondale library derby |

Surls museum wins the Carbondale library derby

John Colson
Glenwood Springs Post Independent

CARBONDALE — A museum featuring the internationally acclaimed sculpture of Carbondale resident James Surls will be taking over the space now occupied by the Gordon Cooper Library, at the corner of Fourth Street and Garfield Avenue, after the town’s trustees voted 6-1 in favor of the Surls museum application Tuesday night.

Trustee Pam Zentmyer was the sole dissenting vote.

While the Board of Trustees declined to turn the former library over to another applicant — a combined early child care facility and gathering place named the Family Enrichment Center — the trustees and others pledged on Tuesday to do all they could to help the center find a home.

“They touched my heart,” said Jim Calaway, a local philanthropist and the primary backer of the Surls museum.

Although Calaway did not go into specifics, he indicated he would try to find a way, perhaps financially, to help the Family Enrichment Center’s group of sponsors realize their ambitions.

In addition, Mayor Stacey Bernot announced to an audience of about 40 people that the third proposed use of the library, the Carbondale Performing Arts Center, already has found another location to move into.

She said the proponent of the performing-arts center, Peter Gilbert, called her recently to say he is negotiating with the Roaring Fork School District for a space in the old Carbondale Middle School building, which now houses Bridges High School and other programs.

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