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Letter: Put a hostel in Carbondale

On Tuesday, the Carbondale Board of Trustees will again be discussing the future use of the former library building on Fourth Street. One of the four proposals for reuse of the building is my proposal to turn it into a hostel in association with Hostelling International USA. The purpose of the Carbondale Hostel will be to provide an inexpensive place to stay in Carbondale for brief periods of time for both domestic and foreign travelers, both young and old. By associating with Hostelling International USA, the Carbondale Hostel will benefit from being listed in its worldwide network of hostels. In addition to both men’s and women’s bunk rooms, changes to the building probably would include enlarged restrooms, showers, a small laundry, a kitchen, secure storage, a few private rooms and an outdoor patio. Hostelling International USA recommends that pricing of hostel lodging be one-half or less of the lowest standard motel rates. In Carbondale, hostel rates therefore would be in the range of $30 or $40 a night, with lesser rates for groups. The Carbondale Hostel would be managed 24/7 by me and others hired by me.

If you think that a hostel would be a good new use for the old library building and would be good for Carbondale in general, please consider supporting the idea by showing up and by speaking up at the Carbondale Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday evening at Town Hall on the corner of Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue. Only strong public support will assure the future existence of the Carbondale Hostel.

Jim Breasted


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