Boise Hones in On New Main Library Facility

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In this week's issue, Boise Weekly examines new steps taken by city officials to look closer at the possibility of building a new main library (BW, News, "Read All About It," Dec. 5, 2012), which estimates say could cost as much as $119 million.

Library Director Kevin Booe referenced that story in an email sent out to "library leaders," updating the citizenry on the status of a project—launched this month—to create new design options for the new facility.

"This week, the Boise Weekly ran a story about the project that will certainly prompt some questions and I want you to have some background information regarding our project," wrote Booe.

Booe mentioned a study conducted in 2000, which identified needs for a new library comprising 178,000 square feet, which received an updated nine-digit price tag in 2009. Now Booe said the library plans to develop new options that he expects will reveal lower cost estimates and a smaller size as the library reevaluates service needs for the facility.

"We are basically hitting the 'reset' button and starting over on developing a Main Library option for Boise," wrote Booe.

Booe expects what he called the "visioning project" to be completed in April 2013.

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