Architects working with the Gering Library board have recommended a site south of Dome Rock Manor as the property for a new Gering Library.
Architect Megan Hayward of Hewgley and Associates told the Gering city council Monday night it would cost an estimated $5.8 million right now to build a recommended 18,000 square foot library at the property owned by realtor Cinda Munoz.
Hayward, working with Dennis Humphries with Humphries-Poli Architects from Denver, said the undeveloped site with residential properties surrounding it had the size for not only the facility but adequate green space and parking . Heyward says it is an area with good views but close to downtown and easily accessed.
Board Chair Suzanne Myers says the library needs a 501c-3 Foundation and residents in the community who will help with fundraising and communicate the value of a new library. Myers says they received a good number of names from the packed crowd Monday evening.
Myers says the city will also need to be ready to provide the support for operation of a library that is twice the size of the current one. Myers said the architects would like to see the money raised in a year or two, but she knows it might take a little longer than that.
The Library Board will meet next Tuesday, September 18th, to discuss how to move forward with the project.